Kobe Bryant: His first basket is auctioned

Kobe Bryant: His first basket is auctioned

A little over a year has passed since the deaths of Kobe Bryant and his thirteen-year-old daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash. The basketball world is still mourning the loss of one of the NBA's great stars, and his teammates and fans around the world have both Kobe and Gianna more present than ever. After the tragic event, the athlete's belongings have been left, little by little, auctioned so that they are in the hands of those who want to keep a physical memory of the Los Angeles Lakers player. Thus, the turn has come to sell the basket with which he practiced as a child and made the first shots of him.

According to different US media, this basket was in a Pennsylvania home where Kobe Bryant grew up and lived his childhood. The owner, whose identity has not been revealed, decided to put the two-story house up for sale and, realizing that the basket was there, he asked the buyer for a bonus. The buyer reportedly refused to offer any more money for the basketball hoop and the seller put it up for auction at Heritage Auctions. Last Sunday, the bidding period ended and the final value of the gift exceeded $ 37,000.

Not surprisingly, there are many things that have been sold from the so-called Black Mamba: an edition of Michael Jordan's 'Sports Illustrated' magazine dedicated to Kobe and other items such as basketballs, for example. But, in addition, the sale of T-shirts and merchandising articles dedicated to the athlete has skyrocketed this last year. In the same way, the tributes and tributes have not stopped. One of the last, a mural located in downtown Los Angeles in which Pau Gasol and Kobe appear merging in an affectionate embrace. The drawing refers to the close bond that united them and that, on so many occasions, Spanish has shown, always attentive to the woman and the daughters that his companion left in life.

placeholderThe mural of Paul Gasol and Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles.

There are still many unknowns about the truth of the tragic accident, but a few weeks ago investigators from the NTSB, the US federal agency that deals with transportation accidents, made public some of their conclusions. As explained in detail in Vanitatis, "the pilot of the helicopter that crashed in California on January 26, 2020 with the NBA star, his daughter Gigi and seven other people on board not only violated the rules by flying through the clouds, but he also lost his bearings so much that he was convinced the aircraft was climbing when in fact it was losing altitude. "