On Sunday morning, the world woke up to the devastating news that Kobe Bryant was among the nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California earlier the same day. The news only got worse when it was discovered that his 13-year-old daughter Gianna was also killed in the crash.
It was a devastating day for the basketball community, who lost a legend and a rising star, and, of course, for Vanessa Bryant, who lost her husband and her daughter. As part of our mourning process here at Silver Screen and Roll, we recorded a podcast to talk about Bryant’s life, what made him such a popular figure in sports and the complicated legacy he left behind.
We also shared some of our fondest memories of Bryant, who to a generation of basketball fans is the greatest player to ever lace up a pair of sneakers.
Life is short. Tell someone you love them. Rest in peace, Kobe, Gianna and the seven other people that lost their lives on Sunday.
Editor’s note: The following podcast was recorded before new of Kobe Bryant’s death broke. If you need a mental break and just want to listen to some basketball talk, listen to the latest episode of “The 30.”
In this episode, host Jas Kang is joined by Silver Screen and Roll’s own Alex Regla.
To kick things off, the guys discussed LeBron James passing Bryant for third on the NBA’s all-time leading scorer list. Alex and Jas discuss how LeBron’s greatness gets overlooked because we are spoiled to have seen him dominate the league for so many years, and how we should appreciate getting to watch him on a regular basis.
Following that, the guys breakdown the Lakers’ loss to the Sixers in Philly. The game highlighted some weaknesses on the Lakers roster, so Alex and Jas shared their thoughts on what the team needs to upgrade in order to cement itself as the favorite in the Western Conference.
The guys then discussed Kyle Kuzma’s inconsistent play, and who some of the potential options are that are available via trade, buyout or free agency, and who makes the most sense to join this roster.
To wrap things up, Alex and Jas talk about the upcoming showdown against the Clippers, and how important it is for the Lakers to beat their cross-hall rival.