I'm not going to lie - I haven't followed basketball since I was a teenager. However, as a fan of American Football, I follow the sport passively through the media so I was fully aware of Kobe Bryant and how important he was to the world of basketball.
It was shocking to find out what happened to him over the weekend. It's doubly tragic considering one of his children was also on board the helicopter along with others.
Despite the 'shock' of it all, it was also fascinating to see how famous people - young and old - shared their thoughts and condolences on the tragedy across not just the sport world, but THE WORLD in general.
Of the many things I read or heard, the best thoughts about Bryant came from a young man who was interviewed outside Staples Center - the building where Bryant played for the Los Angeles Lakers.
The man, born in 1996 (the same year Bryant started his Lakers career), showed a tattoo of Bryant and then spoke with so much sense about how Bryant could be used as an inspiration to be the better part of you.
I thought it was very thoughtful of him to come out with some inspirational words like that at such a time.
The fact that I'm writing more about a Kobe Bryant fan in today's post shows might just be the example of how much he inspired people to be their better selves.