Although Kobe Bryant played his entire NBA career for a franchise more than 1,500 miles away, his greatness resonated with those who are now teaching the game in Galveston County.

Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday. He was 41.

James LaCombe: 409-683-5242, james.lacombe@galvnews.com or on Twitter @JamesAtGalvNews

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