The Saint Lucia Basketball Federation has joined organisations and individuals around the world in mourning the death of US basketball legend, Kobe Bryant.
Bryant, 41, and his 13 year old daughter were among the fatalities in a helicopter crash.
The President of the Saint Lucia Basketball Federation issued the following statement Monday on the tragedy on behalf of the organisation:
Saint Lucia Basketball Federation along with the global basketball and sporting fraternity is devastated by the tragic passing of our brother Kobe Bryant, and his daughter, Gianna.
A true global sporting Icon, Kobe was one of the most indomitable and remarkable players in the history of the game.
Over his 20 year career, his legendary accomplishments include; 5 NBA championships, 18 all-star selections, two Olympic gold medals, an MVP award, and a mind numbing 81 point explosion against the Toronto Raptors in 2006 ( the most points in the modern shot clock era).
Despite his tremendous basketball resume, he will be remembered best for the ability to inspire anyone to compete in basketball and life at the highest level… always, by what he coined the “mamba mentality”.
Over the last few years Kobe has become an award winning creative, and philanthropist showing the same energy, competitiveness and brilliance he displayed on the court. He was also very generous with time and felt compelled to share his knowledge and love for the game with future generations of players and, most importantly, his daughter.
It is truly a sad time for all of us and on behalf of the SLBF we send our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Vanessa, and their family, the Lakers organization, NBA and the families of the 7 other people who lost their lives in this horrible tragedy.