10,000 Takes may just be a small startup Blog that talks about Minnesota Sports, but I personally think that it would be disrespectful to the entire world of sports to not speak straight from my heart about the tragic event that took place today.
Out of respect for those who have passionately followed this man's career over their entire lifetime, I don't want to pretend to be a diehard Kobe fan. I always liked Kobe, but truthfully, I am just the average basketball fan who follows the Timberwolves here and there and might catch a few playoff games on TV. What I do know is that I loved having Kobe on my team for NBA video games, I enjoyed watching his highlights on Sportscenter every morning, and I even owned a pair of his shoes in 9th grade. Even though I wasn't the biggest fan, I have never lived in a world without Kobe. That's not something that crosses my mind everyday. Because we forget how fast things can change in the blink of an eye.
You don't have to be a fan of Kobe, the Lakers, the NBA, or even sports in general to feel the pain that has swept the world today. Kobe Bryant, his 13 year old daughter Gianna, and 7 other people were taken from us too early, too horrifically. Whether you know him from simply throwing a piece of paper in the trash and yelling "Kobe!", or being a diehard fan that followed his 20 seasons with the Lakers, he had some sort of impact on your life. Even fans from other teams who HATED him for how good he was are heavily mourning today.
His biggest impact on the world wasn't his 20 seasons, his 5 NBA championships, or any of his MVP awards. It was the awareness he brought to all of us. The awareness that you should appreciate everyone and everything in your life. Because it can be taken in a moments notice, before you have the chance to say goodbye.
And to all of the kids who lost their role model, their future coach, and their inspiration. I feel for you today, because sometimes life doesn't make sense. Over his lifetime he had done so much for the Lakers, but he was just starting the second chapter of his story. He was someone who had a burning passion for basketball and wanted to do everything in his power to help our future find the love that he brought on the court every game, all 1,346 of them.
As I sit here on the brink of tears, surprised that someone I never really followed had such an impact on my day, I learned something. Through all of the whining and arguing that happens in the sports world (I'm guilty of it), this is what it's all about. No matter where you come from, what colors you wear, or who you root for, sports have such a deeper impact on our lives. On days like this, it brings all of us together as one. It might not be for the best reason, but we are all just human beings that share this broken world together.
Life is fragile, you never know when you will be waking up for your last day on Earth. So hug your loved ones a little tighter, worry less, and do life YOUR way.
Rest easy to a true legend, his daughter, and the others that lost their lives today.
"I see the beauty in getting up in the morning and being in pain because I know all the hard work that it took to get to this point. So, I'm not, I'm not sad about it. I'm very appreciative of what I've had." -Kobe Bryant