브라이언트는 1996년부터 2016년까지, 20년간 LA 레이커스에서만 뛰며, 팀을 5차례 NBA 정상에 올려놓았다. 또한 그는 2008년 정규리그 MVP, 2009년과 2010년 플레이오프 MVP, 올스타 MVP 4회 수상 등의 화려한 이력을 남겼다. 그의 NBA 통산 득점은 3만3천6백43점으로, NBA 역사상 네 번째로 많다. 이에 LA 레이커스는 브라이언트의 선수 시절 등번호 8번과 24번을 영구 결번 처리한 바 있다.
Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 26, 2020
Kobe, We love you brother
We’re praying for your family and appreciate the life you’ve lived and all the inspiration you gave pic.twitter.com/pxbgLOOmpY
— ye (@kanyewest) January 26, 2020
I’m so sad and stunned right now. In Staples Arena, where Kobe created so many memories for all of us, preparing to pay tribute to another brilliant man we lost too soon, Nipsey Hussle. Life can be so brutal and senseless sometimes. Hold on to your loved ones. We miss you, Kobe
— John Legend (@johnlegend) January 26, 2020
Kobe was a real life super hero on that court & I’m sure he was one to his family. Sending love and prayers to them. This is heartbreaking.
— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) January 26, 2020