Transcript for World reels over the loss of NBA legend Kobe Bryant
As this investigation continues, the tributes are pouring in for Bryant. Who jumped from high school straight to the pros in 1996, and won five championships as a Los Angeles laker. Known for his contributions to the community off the court as well. Kayna Whitworth with more on the legacy of kobe Bryant. Reporter: Tonight, the world reeling over the loss of kobe Bryant, widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. There goes kobe Bryant. There goes basketball greatness. Reporter: Bryant seen here shaking hands with commissioner David stern. Bryant entered the NBA in 1996, directly from lower merion high school outside Philadelphia, as a fresh faced 18-year-old. At the time, the youngest ever to play in the league. Kobe spent his entire 20-year career with the Lakers. Early on, a dynamic duo with shaquille O'Neal. Bringing a dynasty back to los Angeles. Winning three titles in a row. After Shaq left the Lakers, kobe taking over leadership of the team, winning two more championships. The MVP in both finals. An 18-time all-star, famously facing off against greats like Michael Jordan. Wow! Reporter: And playing on the international stage alongside his peers, winning two olympic gold medals. Kobe's career ended with a flourish, scoring 60 points in his very last game. He was the oldest player in history to do so. You can't write something better than this. And I'm more proud of the fact that, not about the championships, but about the down years, because we didn't run. We did it the right way. And what can I say. Mamba out. Reporter: Among his many achievements, an 81-point game, not matched in the modern era. A prolific scorer. He retired with the third most points in league history, surpassed last night by his rival turned friend, Lebron James. Bryant's final tweet, highlighting his sportsmanship. Tweeting to Lebron to say, "Continue to move the game forward. King James, much respect, my brother." Lebron speaking about kobe just yesterday. I'm happy just to be in any conversation with kobe bean Bryant. One of the all-time greatest basketball players to ever play, one of the all-time greatest Lakers. The man got two Jerseys hanging up in staples center. It's just crazy. Reporter: But Bryant also made headlines off the court. In 2003, he was charged with sexual assault. That case settled out of court. The charges dropped. But his goals extended way beyond the hardwood. If basketball is the best thing I've done in my life, then I've failed. Reporter: Bryant winning an Oscar in 2018 for his short film "Dear basketball." Players across the country today learning of the tragic news as it broke midgame. A memorial outside the staples center growing tonight. Recently, Bryant talked about how his daughter Gianna had reignited his passion for the game. The pair seen here at a recent nets game in Brooklyn, talking about the game they both loved. Tom, hundreds of people have gathered here at the staples center behind me. Many of them wearing kobe Bryant Jerseys. Both number 24 and number 8. And spontaneous chants are breaking out. Kobe, kobe, and MVP as well. This is where he spent his entire career, where he transcended the game of basketball. His loss will not only be felt by the Lakers family and the people of Los Angeles, but truly all around the world as well. Tom? Kayna, thank you. As we have reported tonight,
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