Lower Merion Basketball statement on the passing of Kobe Bryant 96

Back to News List | Posted on Jan 27th, 2020

Our hearts are broken. We are struggling to process. We are numb with shock, sadness, and disbelief.

Kobe was our teammate, our brother, our friend, our advocate, our inspiration, our heartbeat. And Gigi was the keeper of his iridescent, irrepressible flame.

Our love and prayers are with Vanessa and the entire family, for now and always.

Kobe brought the world to Lower Merion. He meant the world to Aces Nation. It is impossible to express his impact on our basketball family and our community. His love, generosity and support never wavered. He was us and we were him.

We will need time to mourn, breathe, and reflect before we can even try to appropriately honor such an extraordinary life taken from us so unimaginably soon. But perhaps Kobe’s greatest legacy is how he brought us all together. The skinny 14-year old kid who first took the Main Gym floor in 1991, then took us on an epic ride we will never forget did the same for millions more. We all felt like we were in it together. A common bond, an understanding - a Mamba mentality. That will never change.

The world has lost a virtuoso and a champion of champions.

We have lost our Ace.

Rest In Peace, 33. Rest In Peace, Mambacita.

We love you.