NBA legend Kobe Bryant killed in Calabasas helicopter crash

first_imgUSC students reflect on Kobe Bryant’s life and legacy. He was an 18-time All-Star and the 2008 league MVP, bringing the Lakers to five NBA championships. (Photo via Los Angeles Lakers/Twitter) Bryant was always one of the most respected players in the league during his career and a staple of Los Angeles inside and outside of sports. The news of his passing impacted USC students — Lakers fans or not — who grew up watching and idolizing the “Black Mamba.”  Bryant moved to Italy when he was 6 as his father had retired from the NBA to play internationally. Overseas, Bryant not only learned how to speak fluent Italian and play soccer but he started to seriously learn how to play basketball. Almost four years after the final game of Bryant’s career — a 60-point performance against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center in April 2016 — his impact is still felt in the NBA. Now, after Bryant’s passing, his legacy in the sport and in the lives of fans around the world is sure to live on.  “Kobe’s legacy isn’t even basketball, it’s work ethic and dedication,” said Jayden Smith, a sophomore majoring in political science. “The way Kobe trained, he did that in every aspect of his life. Everything he does he obsesses over it, over the minute details, and does everything he can to be better than the person that he’s competing against.” Bryant’s legacy is a somewhat complicated one. In 2003, Bryant was arrested and charged for allegedly sexually assaulting a hotel employee in Colorado. The accuser later dropped the charges after refusing to testify but later filed a separate civil suit against Bryant. Bryant did not directly admit guilt but publicly apologized for the circumstances between himself and the employee. After the news of Bryant’s death was first reported by TMZ Sports and followed by confirmation by multiple outlets, numerous celebrities, sports figures and fans were quick to share their grief on social media. Memorials were quickly set up near the crash site and outside Staples Center, the Lakers’ home arena and site of the 2020 Grammy Awards show that began just hours later, bringing a mix of attendees and mourners to L.A. Live. Bryant had three straight championship-winning seasons with teammate Shaquille O’Neal and head coach Phil Jackson from 2000-02 before O’Neal was traded to the Miami Heat in 2004. That trade, however, cemented Bryant’s role as the Lakers’ franchise leader. He would go on to win two more championships with Jackson and teammate Pau Gasol in 2009 and 2010 before tearing an Achilles tendon in 2013 at age 34. “It’s more than just basketball really with Kobe, he kind of just encompassed everything L.A.,” said Diego Briones, a junior majoring in political science. “Especially because it’s such an artsy town, he was such a sophisticated, intellectual person … He really viewed the sport like an art and I think that really resonates with a lot of Los Angeles citizens.” “He’s an international icon,” Briones said. “He helped take basketball international … I think he’s pivotal in that regard.” Bryant has become a household name for many across the globe, including those outside of the basketball community and fanbase. His legacy and approach towards his goals even impacted people off the court that did not tune in to witness his impressive on-court performances. Bryant and Gianna are survived by Kobe’s wife Vanessa and three daughters — Natalia Diamante (17), Bianka Bella (3) and Capri Kobe (7 months). Tributes to Kobe Bryant hang on the windows of Cale & Irani Residential College at USC Village. (Photo courtesy of Jayden Smith)center_img Bryant’s tenacious work ethic, highlighted in his book “The Mamba Mentality: How I Play,” has served as a model for young athletes and others inside and outside the realm of sports. He was known for his unwavering, constant willingness to improve. Former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were killed Sunday morning after a helicopter crashed in Calabasas just before 10 a.m. Bryant and Gianna were on their way to Thousand Oaks for her basketball practice. He was 41. Bryant grew up as a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and played with them for all of his 20-year career. Considered by many as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Bryant was an 18-time All-Star and the 2008 league MVP, leading the Lakers to five NBA championships.  Bryant — especially after his retirement — was also an outspoken advocate for growing women’s basketball, frequently attending college and WNBA games, coaching Gianna’s teams and using social media to praise women’s basketball players. For many, that drive and determination extends past basketball. “I think his passing is definitely a part of the city is passing, too,” Ghajar said. “And any sport you can apply his mindset, the Mamba Mentality to it. You can apply the Mamba Mentality to anything in life, really. [He] will be missed everywhere.” “Kobe has been my role model my whole life, sort of my idol,” said Tyler Ghajar, a freshman majoring in art. “I got inspiration from his work ethic and determination … to sort of apply that to my life. He was more than an athlete in terms of what he meant for this city and just for people in general.” “Kobe Bryant really was a huge influence even on those of us who never really were big on basketball,” freshman Economics major Freya Haksar said. “He was the kind of icon that gave you a vision of success…He was always kind of a figure for us to keep pushing forward, to turn our challenges and pressures into lessons, and a drive to always keep our heads up and better ourselves and spread that energy to the people around us.” Bryant was also a two-time Olympic gold medalist in Beijing and London and served as a key figure in helping expand the NBA’s international reach, attracting and inspiring young fans from all across the world. “I hope people — regardless of their affiliation to teams, whether they’re a Laker fan or whether they’re a Celtic fan, whether they’re even a basketball fan or even a sports fan — just recognize what he meant to the city,” Smith said. “He was able to get a whole city to get behind him and embrace him … Kobe is L.A. basketball.” Bryant’s death comes just one day after he was passed by current Lakers superstar LeBron James for third all-time on the NBA’s career scoring leaderboard. James was seen in tears after the Lakers landed in Los Angeles after flying in from Philadelphia, Bryant’s hometown.last_img read more

Snap This: New hills of Dún na nGall geofilter designed by local artist

first_imgLetterkenny artist Louise Rowland is the one to thank for our county’s newest Snapchat Geofilter as Gaeilge.We can now add a funky splash of Donegal colours to every photo we take with the latest Irish geofilter on the Snapchat app.Every county in Ireland now has their own design, and local illustrator Louise Rowland is the proud creator of the Dún na nGall Gaelsnap. Louise, also known as Lou, is a 23-year-old graduate of the National College of Art and Design.She told Donegal Woman how her distinctive design came to pop up on Snapchat:“Last year I saw that Conradh na nGaelige organised a competition calling for submissions for their Gaelsnap campaign in which they linked up with Snapchat to create geo-filters as gaeilge. “I jumped at the chance and my illustration was selected as the one used for Donegal – Dún na nGall! It went live on Tuesday, I’m absolutely delighted,” Lou said.Illustrator Lou RowlandIreland is the top country for Snapchat usage, which is why Conradh na Gaeilge’s launched their Gaelsnap campaign.Lou is about to start a Masters in illustration at the Glasgow School of Art after the summer holidays. Creating the Irish filter for her home county was particularly exciting, she says:“I’m a big fan of Gaeilge myself, I used to work in Coláiste Árainn Mhóir as a cinnire so I was delighted at the chance to create something as gaeilge,” she said.Lou has been seeing the snap through screenshots from friends as she is currently in Spain. In a similar way, this Gaelsnap will be sending the hills of Donegal all over the world through Snapchat stories.Dr Niall Comer, President of Conradh na Gaeilge says: “As the biggest users of Snapchat in the world, it’s fantastic to have the geofilters as Gaeilge being rolled out for Irish users today. We’d like to thank Snapchat for all their co-operation and also all the designers for submitting their amazing work.”Orlaith Nic Ghearailt, Campaigns Awareness & Seachtain na Gaeilge Executive with Conradh na Gaeilge also welcomed the filters:“There are now more ways than ever for people to use the Irish language on social media, and we’re delighted that Snapchat now has geofilters as Gaeilge. Facebook, Twitter and Gmail are already available in Irish so it’s brilliant to add Snapchat to the list of international companies using Irish. Conradh na Gaeilge hopes that this will encourage even more people to use whatever Irish they have on social media,” she said.Do you have a story to share? Email Snap This: New hills of Dún na nGall geofilter designed by local artist was last modified: August 3rd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:artistdonegallou rowlandSnapchatlast_img read more

Dont know if I have hit peak: Kohli

first_imgNew Delhi, May 17 (PTI) Indias star batsman Virat Kohli says he has not batted better than the last two months but stopped short of calling the ongoing phenomenal phase as the peak of his career. “I dont know if if I have reached my peak yet. It just feels that I have just started in the last couple of months. Coaches including in IPL ask me regularly whether I have hit peak or not. All I can say is that I have been hitting the ball better than I have ever but I know this phase cant be taken for granted,” said Kohli. Kohlis breathtaking run began with the World T20 and he has carried it well and truly into the IPL, where he has scored a record three centuries and has become the highest run-getter in a season. “I would like to enjoy this phase rather than think about anything else. I have never been this calm in my head. I am aiming for improvement not just as a cricketer but also as a person.” In an interview to India Today, Kohli also gave an interesting insight to his state of mind before he takes the field in every game. “I check my heart-rate just before I take the field. I try to calm myself down if the heart is beating too fast as I feel I wont be able to give my best that way. After that I just to look to start my innings and explore,” he said. How does he manage to maintain his intensity on the field after scoring tons of runs for his team? “I respect the sport. Be it any match, I know I have to give my 120 percent. It is probably because the struggles of the past remain fresh in my mind and that is why I dont take anything for granted. Playing this sport is all I know,” said the champion batsman. With the form that he is in, comparison with his idol Sachin Tendulkar is also expected. However, Kohli calls the comparison invalid. “It is embarrassing to be honest. It is not fair on him (Tendulkar). He cant be compared to anyone. You are talking about a batsman of a different caliber. I have strengthened my game whereas he was born to achieve all that he has. I have been playing well for two years while he served the nation with grace for 24 years. He is two levels above anyone else in this generation of batsmen. I am individually inspired by him though I would like to create my own path,” said Indias Test captain. He says he never wanted to be average and that is evident from his commitment on the field. Besides scaling new heights with the bat, he has also helped the team by building a fitness culture that was not seen earlier. “There has been a massive change in my fitness. I started lifting weights during the Sri Lanka tour last year and that has transformed my whole body. Credit goes to Shankar Basu for working with me and the entire team,” said Kohli. What is the way forward for seemingly unstoppable Kohli? “My only aim in life is to grow as a person. You are a cricket professional but the other aspects of life are equally important. I want to be a monk living in a civil world. On the field by the time I finish, I hope I have made a difference to the sport and Indian cricket,” he added. PTI BS AT ATKadvertisementlast_img read more