Residents of Reggio Emilia mourned the loss of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, who lived and played basketball in the small Italian city as a teenager, on Monday.
The late Los Angeles Lakers player moved to Italy at the age of six when his father Joe moved the family to the country to continue his professional basketball career, with Bryant living in Reggio from 1989 to 1991, where he played on a... Еще local youth team.
«We are particularly attached to Kobe, we're talking about a 12-year-old boy, better than the others... Kobe was in our youth [team] for two years, people remember him,» said Andrea Menozzi, one of Kobe's former coaches.
Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, California, on Sunday, along with eight other people, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.
The late Bryant won five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers before retiring in 2016 as the NBA's third-highest all-time scorer.