Kobe Bryant, Lakers legend, dies in helicopter crash at 41 years old

Kobe Bryant, Lakers legend, dies in helicopter crash at 41 years old

Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning in Calabasas, the NBA confirmed. The legendary Los Angeles Lakers star was 41 years old. 

Bryant's daughter, Gianna, 13, also tragically died in the crash. Authorities confirmed that all nine passengers aboard the helicopter died in the crash.

“The NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. "For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning. He was one of the most extraordinary players in the history of our game with accomplishments that are legendary: Five NBA championships, an NBA MVP award, 18 NBA All-Star selections, and two Olympic gold medals. But he will be remembered most for inspiring people around the world to pick up a basketball and compete to the very best of their ability. He was generous with the wisdom he acquired and saw it as his mission to share it with future generations of players, taking special delight in passing down his love of the game to Gianna. 
“We send our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Vanessa, and their family, the Lakers organization and the entire sports world.”

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Bryant played 20 seasons for the Lakers. He was a five-time NBA champion, 18-time All-Star and is fourth on the all-time scoring list with 33,643 points. 

Bryant retired after the 2015-16 season. The future Hall of Famer scored 60 points in his final NBA game, a 101-96 Lakers win over the Utah Jazz at Staples Center.

NBA rumors: Ex-Warrior Andre Iguodala didn't plan on joining Heat

NBA rumors: Ex-Warrior Andre Iguodala didn't plan on joining Heat

The Memphis Grizzlies shipped former Warriors forward Andre Iguodala to the Miami Heat the day before the NBA trade deadline.

It wasn't shocking to learn that Iguodala was on the move. That was expected.

But what did cause the basketball world collectively to say, 'Whoa,' was when we learned that the 2015 NBA Finals MVP agreed to a two-year extension that would pay him $30 million ($15 million guaranteed because there's a $15 million team option in 2021-22).

The Athletic's Shams Charania recently was a guest on the Pardon My Take podcast and shed some light on how the transaction went down:

"Andre Iguodala had no idea or intention in his mind to go play for Miami this year. None. (He'd) rather just stay at home in Silicon Valley. He had a part-time job in Silicon Valley. And he was telling anybody who would listen, 'I'm good.' I don't have the name of the firm off the top of my head...

"I said that they (the Heat) emerged as a suitor on Tuesday morning (two days before the deadline). And at that point, I was like, 'You know what, it's probably not gonna happen, let me just get it out there, at least get some buzz going.'

"And then as the day wore on, it's like 'Pat (Riley) might call and talk to Andre.' And then the next day, it's 'Pat Riley and Andre Iguodala got on a call and Pat sold Andre.'"

First off -- it sounded like Charania had more information to disclose, but the conversation completely changed course because he had some business to deal with:

Secondly -- what company was he working for?! 

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Third -- isn't it a great visual to imagine Riley recruiting Iguodala and sealing the deal? You gotta love it.

In six games with the Heat so far, the 36-year-old is averaging 4.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.2 blocks, while shooting just under 39 percent (5-for-13) from deep.

It will be a lot of fun watching Iguodala in the playoffs.

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Why Sheck Wes credits Klay Thompson encounter for interacting with fans

Why Sheck Wes credits Klay Thompson encounter for interacting with fans

Every athlete has their haters, but it's hard not to like Klay Thompson. He'll sign a toaster, walk his dog Rocco in Muir Woods and then drop 40 points on you. 

Rapper Sheck Wes apparently has different feelings towards Klay. Best known for his hit single "Mo Bamba," Sheck Wes credits the Warriors' star shooting guard for why he never declines a photo with a fan. 

Credit might not be the best word here. Blame? Maybe that works. No, let's go with credit. 

Who knows if the story is true or not. It's his words against ... well, probably not Klay's. It's highly unlikely the three-time champion responds. 

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Known more for his lethal shooting from 3-point range than being a passer, Klay gave a rare assist here to Sheck Wes fans.