Kobe Bryant after his final game as a Laker, Los Angeles, April 13, 2016. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images
Kobe Bryant, the NBA legend who died Saturday at age 41 in a helicopter crash alongside his 13-year-old daughter and seven others, is being remembered as one of the greatest ever basketball players.
The big picture: Bryant won five NBA championships and made 18 All-Star teams before retiring after the 2015–16 season. He ran Granity Studios, a multimedia sports content firm, and a venture capital firm called Bryant Stibel. He even won an Oscar in 2018. Here are some highlights from his remarkable life, in photos.
Clashes erupted between police and protesters in several major U.S. cities Saturday night as demonstrations over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black men spread across the country.
The big picture: Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody is the latest reminder of the disparities between black and white communities in the U.S. and comes as African Americans grapple with higher death rates from the coronavirus and higher unemployment from trying to stem its spread.
The response of some officers during demonstrations against police brutality in the U.S. has been criticized for being excessive by some officials and Black Lives Matter leaders.
Why it matters: The situation is tense across the U.S., with reports of protesters looting and burning buildings. While some police have responded with restraint and by monitoring the protests, others have used batons, tear gas, rubber bullets and other devices to disperse protesters and, in some cases, journalists.
Major U.S. cities have implemented curfews and called on National Guard to mobilize as thousands of demonstrators gather across the nation to continue protesting the death of George Floyd.
The state of play: Hundreds have already been arrested as tensions continue to rise between protesters and local governments. Protesters are setting police cars on fire as freeways remain blocked and windows are shattered, per the Washington Post. Law enforcement officials are using tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse crowds and send protesters home.