Kobe Bryant Remembered a Year After the Deadly Helicopter Crash

Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, right, fist-bumps his daughter Gianna after the last NBA basketball game of his career, against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. Bryant scored 60 points as the Lakers won 101-96. Photo: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong.

USA TODAY Sports is marking the first anniversary of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight others with a six-day series of stories, photos and videos looking back at the Lakers legend and the aftermath of his death.

Kobe Bryant’s death in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26, 2020 is one of those moments people will always remember where they were when they heard the news.

“A lot of guys dropped to the floor and started crying,” says Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr of his team’s practice that day. “Nothing happened for 10 minutes. We all just sat there in silence. It was one of the worst moments of all of our lives. I don’t think any of us will ever forget that day.”

USA TODAY Sports is looking back at that day and the days since to mark the first anniversary. Those who knew Bryant, his daughter, Gianna, and the seven others who died are still trying to make sense of the crash, as are those who were fans of the NBA legend.

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