a poem for Gianna and Kobe

Mamba Mentality

Digging deep with an unparalleled drive to be,

The greatest the game has ever seen,

You’ve stood on each and every peak, screaming out,


Inspiring a generation to be,

Something greater than our own eyes could ever see,

Each time we took our shot at the bucket

Whether it went or not, just keep shooting, fuck it.


Shooters shoot, and no one embodied it more

He gave it all in every game, early AM alarms were the only kind for him, that rang.

Critics arise, side by side, with the fans who sang, never before, a man so hated and adored.

He became the heartbeat of LA. I ask you this, what better way to convey than


More than a man, more than a game.

After January 26th, nothing can ever be the same.

A dad, a husband, a coach, a player

His sudden departure, we've lost the one of the best creators

known by so many other names but none greater, than;


Tears stream down my face for a man who could never be displaced.

His mark on history is one that will never be erased.

The game of basketball for which his should be the face.

No one will ever come close to taking that away and so we all cry out,


With bitterness inside and a pain so fresh and new,

We wave goodbye to the one of one, for you are the only one who could ever be you.

What hurts the most is you had passed the torch, rightfully so to an up and comer who could scorch,

Her opponents with moves passed down by her father, no one could’ve been greater except perhaps, your daughter.

The most beautiful name,


For you and for her, we will cry and we will mourn.

For the time that we had, we must be grateful, though sad.

Gianna and Kobe, so much alike it seemed.

The greatest gift for a father, to see your daughter with such similar dreams.

She too, was one of one, just like you. Unique, strong, beautiful, and her dedication to the game, true.

We’re blessed with one last moment of you two, like father like daughter we will always remember,

“Gianna and Kobe!”

Rest in peace. 


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