Kobe Bryant’s Death Struck at a Parent’s Worst Fear

One year ago, I learned the news of Kobe Bryant’s death, just minutes after the story first broke, in a text message from my friend Murph. “Is this Kobe news real?” he asked. I had no idea what he meant. I was at brunch, in playground in the back, throwing a football to my sports-obsessed 5-year old. I immediately went to Twitter and typed in Kobe. “Wow,” I replied to Murph. “I hadn’t seen.” I threw my son a few more passes and struggled to figure out my reaction.

The thing is, I was never a Kobe fan. He was a Laker. He was not as good as MJ…