Daily Roundup: Jan. 27

Jan 27, 2020

On the life and legacy of Kobe Bryant:

  • “Kobe Bryant is gone, and those are the hardest words I’ve ever had to write for this newspaper, and I still don’t believe them as I’m writing them,” writes Bill Plaschke for the Los Angeles Times.
  • “Once the epitome of precocious arrogance, he evolved into being a true champion for others,” writes Jemele Hill for The Atlantic.
  • “How can we process the death around us without coming to terms with the mythologies we create?” writes The Ringer’s Rob Mahoney. “Bryant is everything that he has ever done, with all of the painful complexity that entails. What was admirable about him can still be admirable. What was troubling can still be troubling.”
  • Gianna Bryant, Kobe’s 13-year daughter and a budding basketball star in her own right, also died in the helicopter crash that claimed the life of her father and seven others. “Gigi died en route to doing what she loved, but that does not make the loss of a child any easier,” writes The Athletic’s Molly Knight. “She was poised to write her own story as a tremendous athlete and fierce competitor. That story ended way too soon on Sunday.”