I’ve never been much interested in say, who wins or anything much else about basketball.

For me, watching a professional basketball game is like watching a ballet… the bodies are beautiful and the players move with incredible grace.

But Kobe was hard to miss around here. He was a neighbor who could be easily spotted in our local hang-outs.

Even I have a Kobe story … we got our mani-pedis in the same place.

There was Kobe in a spa chair with four women attending to each of his extremities. There was hardly another man in sight. Nobody bothered him, of course… we Californians are respectful enough, most often, not to interfere with the private moments of our super-stars.

The camera in my phone was calling me. How I wanted to snap a photo of that scene. Know why?

Laying on top of this giant man, was his baby daughter, asleep on his chest. What a photo op, I thought.  What a photo op. He would never even have to know I shot that picture.

 What would you have done?

 I restrained myself with respect … and admiration. I’m proud to report.

Maybe, if he hadn’t been Kobe Bryant, the ladies in the spa would have asked him to come back when he was alone. Maybe, his privilege made this scenario possible. Maybe.

All kinds of things rattled in my head.

What I do know for sure is that what I saw made me smile.

Rest in peace, Kobe Bryant. May your memory be a blessing.

Thanks For Visiting,

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Linda TigerJanuary 27, 2020 at 9:39 am

Your LOVE and CARE is always admired and treasured.
XOXO to Kobe’s wife and daughters


Linda AlgaziJanuary 27, 2020 at 4:49 pm

Thank you Linda, for your wonderful words.


Jackie KnollJanuary 27, 2020 at 3:21 pm

Linda, Your words made me cry! Such a sad and traumatic time for us all. Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family. Hopefully we can share some memories in the coming year….


Linda AlgaziJanuary 27, 2020 at 4:51 pm

Dear Jackie, The country, the world… and our city mourns with the families of our neighbors who have lost their precious family members.
Please stay in touch.


Lynn HortonJanuary 28, 2020 at 12:52 am

My story…
After ordering a coffee and waiting at the end of the bar at Newport Coast Starbucks here comes Kobe …
As you said Linda I too wanted to enjoy the company of his Great Smile and respect his privacy…
After what looked like an order for his entire family started to appear at the end of the bar a couple interrupted his gathering of his families drink order to take a photo with a big iPad Kobe stopped and graciously smiled and said of course …
I had to excuse myself to get around the couple and grab my Latte I Then looked up to Kobe, winked and told him” You are a good man,hun” and return with a smile and whispered “Thank you”

He was a genuinely kind human being and so sweet to see him with his girls at the store or a trip to Starbucks Bless the families who are grieving, May their hearts be enveloped in God’s love and know that their loved ones are safe and in His arms…

As Jimmy Fallen said tonight “There is a great game of Horse being played in Heaven right now”

Be well, ‘till we meet again!


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