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Basketball was Bryant's obsession for 20 years in the NBA. Storytelling was the obsession for the rest of his life.
Green Bay linebacker Za'Darius Smith hastily organized an homage to Kobe Bryant minutes before the Pro Bowl.
Kobe Bryant inspired a generation of basketball players worldwide with sublime skills and an unquenchable competitive fire.
From the red carpet to the main stage, sadness loomed over music's biggest night Sunday at the arena in downtown Los Angeles where Kobe Bryant played for 20 years for the city's NBA team.
The helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant and eight others that crashed into a rugged hillside outside Los Angeles was flying in foggy conditions considered dangerous enough that local police agencies grounded their choppers.