Ivy hoops world reacts to Kobe Bryant’s death

Kobe Bryant’s impact on the game of basketball and the people who have a passion for it has been incalculable, and his sudden death at 41 following a helicopter crash that killed his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others near Los Angeles Sunday put into perspective just how much Bryant mattered to those who have been Ivy League hoopsters.


Before a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers in which he established himself as one of the most prolific scorers, clutch players and fiercest competitors in the history of the NBA, Bryant was a star at Lower Merion High School in the Philadelphia suburb of Ardmore, where standout Columbia first-year Jack Forrest also attended.

Bryant played at the Palestra while still in high school.


May Bryant and all those who perished with him rest in peace, and may their families find solace after such an unthinkable tragedy.

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