KEY POINTS

  • The world still mourns the tragic passing of NBA legend Kobe Bryant
  • Celebrities and sports athletes remember the late great player on his first death anniversary 
  • NBA teams such as the Lakers and Mavericks lead the heartfelt tributes in the league

Tributes poured in to commemorate the first year death anniversary of NBA legend Kobe Bryant.

On Jan. 26, 2020, the world woke up to the tragic news of the multi-titled Los Angeles Lakers player passing away in a helicopter crash that also took the lives of his 12-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others.

It has been a year, but the legacy that Bryant left behind continues to be spoken about. Once again, all walks of life have reunited in honoring the “Black Mamba” for his contributions on and off the court.

The Dallas Mavericks paid tribute in a special way--with the franchise stating that no player will ever again wear the No. 24 jersey that was made famous by the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player awardee.

Tributes were not restricted to NBA players as athletes from different sports and Hollywood celebrities joined hands in remembering Bryant.

Meanwhile, the Lakers kept it simple with their tribute to the 20-year NBA veteran, who spent his entire career donning the iconic "Purple and Gold" uniform as they shared an image of Bryant and Gigi with a simple message that read: "Family is forever."

The death of Kobe Bryant shocked fans and players around the world The death of Kobe Bryant shocked fans and players around the world Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Harry How