Remembering The Time Kobe Bryant Thanked Latino Fans For Supporting Him When He Arrived In Los Angeles
Kobe Bryant’s death has triggered a flood of love and tributes for the former Los Angeles Lakers player. The 41-year-old sports star died tragically on Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. Let us take a moment to remember when the late basketball super star thanked his LA fans in Spanish after his last game.
Kobe Byrant played his final game as a Los Angeles Laker in April 2016. The then-37-year-old went out in style, scoring 60 points in a victory over the Utah Jazz. After the game, Kobe answered lots of questions from the press, including a few from Spanish language reporters.
Bryant spoke a little Español and thanked Latino fans in Los Angeles for welcoming him with open arms.
“When I arrived, [Latino fans] were the ones who embraced me the most.”
Bryant said he promised fans he would learn Spanish and he did (sort of):
“My Spanish isn’t very good, but I can speak it a bit.”
He also mentioned that three of his biggest fans are Latinas:
“Having a wife who is Latina is also significant… and my daughters, too.”
And he revealed what he hopes NBA players take from his career:
“That they have to play with lots of passion. Love this game. You have to love it.”
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