Kobe Bryant: Remembering an NBA Icon

By Martin Rogers
FOX Sports columnist 

Has it really been a year?

A year gone since you received the phone call or the text or heard it on the radio or saw the television program you were watching interrupted by a devastating jolt of breaking news?

A year since Kobe Bryant’s death overtook everything for a while, so encompassing that it seemed there could be no bigger or more dramatic story in 2020, not just in sports but anywhere?

We didn’t know then what we know now, but we knew this. The world was ready to mourn, individually, collectively and without reservation, for an athlete who knew no other way than to give his all, whether in pursuit of championship trophies, business opportunities or quality time with his children.

“[I love] how we connect to the athlete through our storytelling,” Bryant told me in 2018. “A great story touches those

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