Stephen A. and Michael Wilbon share stories about Kobe Bryant | First Take

Remembering Kobe Bryant:
Michael Wilbon joins Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman on First Take to share personal stories about how Kobe Bryant positively impacted his life.
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  1. Jo ker

    Jo kerپیش 17 روز

    Any scientist out there its not too late just make time machine i will volunteer to have the mission save kobe & others.

  2. Masud Saeedi Physiotherapy

    Masud Saeedi Physiotherapyپیش 17 روز

    What is it called when you can relate to a certain individual - you hear them being described and feel that you are also like that. This has happened to me on many occasions when hearing others speak about people... is there a name for it or word? If anyone know

  3. Morgan Zimmerglass

    Morgan Zimmerglassپیش 19 روز

    Everyone loves to say we eat he shin grow up before our eyes. But that’s only half true. He was extremely private off the court and scary if you tried to interfere with that. By the end he finally opened up but it took so long.

  4. Jorge Mario504

    Jorge Mario504پیش 19 روز

    The fact that kobe spoke multiple languages let’s u know that he was here to touch the world 🌎 n his death can possibly change the world. His passing is a reminder to the world that we need to change n change fast before we destroy ourselves.

  5. peter murphy

    peter murphyپیش 20 روز

    24 years since becoming a Laker. Absolute legend.

  6. Afro Mamba

    Afro Mambaپیش 20 روز

    6:29 shut up, Moll...... ummm... sorry, I shouldn’t be doing that. especially today... just a bad habit

  7. Alpha Tarawally

    Alpha Tarawallyپیش 20 روز

    Why is there no specific base altitude to clear mountains in the Los Angeles area when flying in a helicopter and there’s low to no visibility ?


    POWER MOVE TVپیش 20 روز

    I hope Kobe knew how many people care about him. Celebrities die early all the time, but this one hits very different. Can’t really explain it.

  9. Ben Toney

    Ben Toneyپیش 20 روز

    I remember everybody talking fown on Kobe except Magic and Stephen A... "Ball hog" "no one wants to play with him" "he's selfish he took too much money" smh people surely do flop for tv and max was one of the main ones throwing jabs at kobe

  10. bigben obi

    bigben obiپیش 20 روز

    With the love from in our hearts, We believe you are in a better place Kobe. You will always be remembered


    UNCLE SAMپیش 20 روز

    Great Player Great Man Greater Father

  12. Camila santos Camilinha

    Camila santos Camilinhaپیش 20 روز


  13. Gershom Tan

    Gershom Tanپیش 20 روز

    Kobe up there playing pickup with pistol Pete, wilt chamberlain, drazen, and all this who have gone before.

  14. R G

    R Gپیش 20 روز

    روحت شاد قهرمان 💙

  15. Silver Animation

    Silver Animationپیش 21 روز

    I don't know, all of these crashes with helicopters, planes has me afraid of flying. I'd gladly go through traffic than be up that high. At least in a car crash, there's a bigger possibility of you living.

  16. LaCedric Gipson

    LaCedric Gipsonپیش 21 روز

    You can just hear their voices cracking. Kobe was loved by so many.

  17. bradley kitts

    bradley kittsپیش 21 روز

    I’ve only been a fan of basketball for about half a year now but I knew about Kobe my whole life his name and what he’s done was that big there’s just no words

  18. Deainna Green

    Deainna Greenپیش 21 روز

    Rest and in heaven Kobe Bryant and your baby girl you will always be remembered I was a big fan of yours my mom loves you so much when she found out she called me was crying so hard

  19. Tee M

    Tee Mپیش 21 روز

    Kobe was a legend but let's not set the bar low ..Kobe did what he was supposed to and that is be a loving father , never made the mistake of cheating again ..he's a man a father and he will be missed you Kobe and thank you for the memories

  20. MrSomewhereOnThemoon

    MrSomewhereOnThemoonپیش 21 روز

    Kinda wish it was kobe in space jam 2 instead of lebron

  21. Jonathan Parks

    Jonathan Parksپیش 21 روز

    We need you to use that time stone Dr. Strange

  22. Hanzo Hattori

    Hanzo Hattoriپیش 21 روز

    If you think about it, the LA traffic killed Kobe

  23. David Chan

    David Chanپیش 21 روز

    Why the 89 👎?!?! Why?!?! I’m still in pain! 😭 🐍 🙏

  24. Breann Williford

    Breann Willifordپیش 21 روز

    Rest and peace two

  25. Devonte Montfort

    Devonte Montfortپیش 21 روز

    I’m glad he is okay

  26. megacurlerer

    megacurlererپیش 21 روز

    Show-be "Show Boat" Bryant

  27. Jeremiah Billiter

    Jeremiah Billiterپیش 21 روز

    i wanna take a led pipe to the people who dislike these videos.

  28. MusicKnowledge1

    MusicKnowledge1پیش 21 روز

    Man iv cried so many times its unreal never met him but its Kobe man that's our brother the legend this story is just so tragic i'm still in shock all our legends go in such a crazy way id literally sacrifice myself to bring Kobe back to his kids and wife

  29. H4VOC JDYT

    H4VOC JDYTپیش 21 روز

    Guys don't you notice that every time you even think about Kobe you feel like the whole world goes silent? Man... I can't stand it I just can't! It's just making me heartbroken. I don't wanna be heartbroken...


    ROBENUS WAKTOLEپیش 21 روز

    Kobe is awesome

  31. Frankie Romero

    Frankie Romeroپیش 21 روز


  32. Elan Nicol

    Elan Nicolپیش 21 روز

    There are a few rare & special people, born on a mission to achieve & lead like few others: Mozart, Lincoln, Patton, MLK Jr. JFK, Hendrix, John Lennon, Bob Marley, Robin Williams, Andy Irons... Kobe Bryant. While there are many more Greats, the unique gift shared by these gifted souls was how they lived with a singular mission. - Some carried the burden against the greatest of inhumanities. Others became the most inspiring of their craft. We need both. For in war and in peace we need inspiration and guidance. Something so valuable that Kobe shared with all the greats on this list is genuineness. The truly inspiring greats reach us by showing us their humanity. Kobe, whether on days he was winning of failing, did not live with pretense. He always showed us who he was. Through his efforts he also reflected to us who we could be if we do our best. . . Such Greats are a gift to us, to show us what is possible. Why they were taken, after their greatest battles had been won - yet before they could just live to enjoy the rest of life with us, we may never know. Kobe Bryant thrilled the world from the first moment he lifted off - doing the impossible by rising out of Jordan’s shadow. When he stepped on the court, we believed anything was possible - 81 ! Five rings is one of his greatest feats, especially coming in the Duncan, Wade, Nowitski, Iverson, Lebron, Kidd, Garnett, Pierce era. His light may have shown brightest when, with the Olympics and the true World Championship on the line, all the greats turned to Kobe - and he took it home for all of us. For so many of us, you are the MVP of an entire era. Kobe we were also there for all of your mistakes. You had to grow up under the world’s first virtual microscope. Through this you showed us what devotion to hard work and focus on personal growth can do. You showed us how to survive in this new world, for aren’t we all under the microscope during these times? Like the rest of us, you were flawed. More than most of us, you were at times perfect. For both of these reasons you are hero to millions, at least, world wide. Kobe, you thrilled us, taught us about work ethic, stoicism against doubt & pain, and the journey to learning to be a teammate. You grew from being the brash kid into being the man which a whole league men consider to be their big brother. Most of all, every time you stepped on the court, you made us believe that for you anything was possible. When you stepped off the court we also believed anything was possible. You took a light with you when you left the league, and simply went and won an Oscar two years later! Kobe, there so much more that you could have achieved, and your beautiful family you could have shared so much more life with. I just learned of your daughter, Gianna, we never had a chance to truly know her. Prayers for you both. What more you both would have shown your light upon, we will never know. Prayers for the flight mates, to whom you reached in generosity. May the family and friends and greater community find some light in their stories, to carry forth for what they could have been. God Bless you Kobe Bryant. Thank you for inspiring my dad as a young man. Thank you for inspiring me as I grew up. For you, in whatever goal we are facing, we will take the shot. We will never forget Black Mamba.

  33. kewltony

    kewltonyپیش 21 روز

    Remember to tell your friends and family you love them and Jeffrey Epstein didn't kill himself.

  34. Lee Kautz

    Lee Kautzپیش 21 روز

    Good...they should apologize. Priorities out of whack yet celebrated. God and family first. Unfortunately most humans don't understand that

  35. KaYoveli

    KaYoveliپیش 21 روز

    What was the significance of the riot act being read to him ?

  36. KaYoveli

    KaYoveliپیش 21 روز

    Eric Watts lemme go re read the riot act.

  37. Eric Watts

    Eric Wattsپیش 21 روز

    KaYoveli he changed his ways , and begin to eat to live afterwards

  38. Jonathan Choi

    Jonathan Choiپیش 21 روز

    Please rebrand NBA logo to Kobe.... 👍 if you agree to get this going

  39. jayjaylen75

    jayjaylen75پیش 21 روز

    I wasn't a true fan of Kobe, I grew up in the MJ era...i always thought he was a copycat of Jordan's game. Reality is he was much better as a person.

  40. Travion Johnson

    Travion Johnsonپیش 21 روز

    jayjaylen75 I’m a MJ fan and that’s why I loved Kobe too he had the killer instinct and drive that’s what I respect. If you’re gonna copy someone copy the best

  41. allpro nba

    allpro nbaپیش 21 روز

    you for real, no other topics? i tought labum was your #1?

  42. Nathan Phelps

    Nathan Phelpsپیش 21 روز

    Kobe is and always will be a true legend of the national basketball association and his legacy will be forever in our hearts as well. And finally vanessa Bryant I am so sorry for your loss of your husband Kobe Bryant and your daughter Gianna may they both rest in peace and I hope god has a special place up there in heaven for both of them as well

  43. Ivelin Ivanov

    Ivelin Ivanovپیش 21 روز

    Unfortunately his family will have rough years :((((

  44. Darryl Flinch

    Darryl Flinchپیش 21 روز

    Curiosity to learn! That's what I want to teach my kids.

  45. Roger gr

    Roger grپیش 21 روز

    As a sportsman he brought so much joy to people's lives. No words can describe what impact this will have on the Bryant family and friends. Rest in peace brother, and thank you for all the inspiration you brought to mankind. We will not forget you ❤


    GO GATORSپیش 21 روز


  47. kingrclrg

    kingrclrgپیش 21 روز

    Virgo god

  48. Custom Shade

    Custom Shadeپیش 21 روز

    In Washington, D.C. in '86... Len Bias hit **hard** ! Still bothers me at times--I guess it's supposed to. Wilbon and Kornheiser were there too!

  49. Trailmix lol

    Trailmix lolپیش 21 روز

    There's a petition to make Kobe the new NBA logo. Go sign it

  50. Book of shadows contributor Brian

    Book of shadows contributor Brianپیش 21 روز

    184th comment 🚬💣⛏

  51. branden m

    branden mپیش 21 روز

    1st reply ;)

  52. Anthony Sanchez

    Anthony Sanchezپیش 21 روز

    As a Sacramento Kings die hard fan I disliked Kobe because he just destroyed us all the time. His arrogance... But yesterday I cried and mourned the loss of GREATNESS. Kobe was much more than basketball. He was a true renaissance man and a philanthropist. He will be missed. All those who lost their lives yesterday will be missed. ♥

  53. Robert Schwartzback

    Robert Schwartzbackپیش 21 روز

    I dare to think about what this man was going to accomplish with another 20+ years on this Earth. Dude was relentless. There simply are no words to do his legacy justice.

  54. SavageZoe

    SavageZoeپیش 21 روز

    Who else had a awkward day at work today 😢

  55. Kory Green

    Kory Greenپیش 21 روز

    I didn't talk to anyone. I kept my headphones in all day, because I knew if I heard one disrespectful comment, I was gonna get fired. Because that person would've caught these hands.

  56. Jordan Rose

    Jordan Roseپیش 21 روز

    It’s weird. Seems worse today, I’m guessing reality setting in.

  57. Ramisi Gomes

    Ramisi Gomesپیش 21 روز

    Very somber in the breakroom

  58. lo lo

    lo loپیش 21 روز


  59. j patino

    j patinoپیش 21 روز

    Molly just be interrupting at the wrong times

  60. Squid Kid

    Squid Kidپیش 21 روز

    Rest In Peace Kobe 🖤❤️❤️

  61. whobitmyname

    whobitmynameپیش 21 روز

    David Stern must have seen Kobe walk through the gates n been like "What are you doing here???"

  62. Rouland Marshall

    Rouland Marshallپیش 21 روز

    That was good

  63. Kk La

    Kk Laپیش 21 روز

    Why goat mamba Kobe why

  64. Kk La

    Kk Laپیش 21 روز

    Why Kobe why

  65. Hey Guys

    Hey Guysپیش 21 روز

    Every like is a flower for Kobe’s grave💐

  66. Benny C

    Benny Cپیش 21 روز

    You oughta be ashamed of yourself

  67. Adonis De Lima Diaz

    Adonis De Lima Diazپیش 21 روز

    KOBE BRYANT (1978 - 2020) 2x 🥇🥇 OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST (2008 BEIJING 🥇) (2012 LONDON 🥇) 1x 🏆🥇 FIBA Americas/AmeriCup/Tournament of the Americas Champion (2007 Las Vegas) 5× NBA champion (2000-2002, 2009, 2010) 2× NBA Finals MVP (2009, 2010) NBA Most Valuable Player (2008) 18× NBA All-Star (1998, 2000-2016) 4× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011) 11× All-NBA First Team (2002-2004, 2006-2013) 2× All-NBA Second Team (2000, 2001) 2× All-NBA Third Team (1999, 2005) 9× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2000, 2003, 2004, 2006-2011) 3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2001, 2002, 2012) 2× NBA scoring champion (2006, 2007) NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (1997) NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1997) Nos. 8 & 24 retired by Los Angeles Lakers Naismith Prep Player of the Year (1996) First-team Parade All-American (1996) Career statistics Points 33,643 (25.0 ppg) Rebounds 7,047 (5.2 rpg) Assists 6,306 (4.7 apg)

  68. Vino Chamberlain

    Vino Chamberlainپیش 21 روز

    Its confirmed hes in the hall of fame this year

  69. Ruben Gutierrez

    Ruben Gutierrezپیش 21 روز

    2020, would be 20 years since Kobe Bryant appeared in his first NBA Finals winning his first NBA Championship, what a tragedy!

  70. Don Raz

    Don Razپیش 21 روز

    Also 10 years since his 5th 😭