ROME – Reggio Emilia will name a square for Kobe Bryant . It was the mayor of the city, Luca Vecchi, who announced the news through his Facebook page: “He was one of us: here, and in the pitches of the city, he improvised challenges with athletes older than him, with schoolmates. Reggio had entered him forever. "
“Reggio Emilia will name the new square overlooking Via Guasco in Kobe Bryant – writes the first citizen of Reggio Emilia. Kobe was one of us: here, and in the city pitches, he improvised challenges with athletes older than him, with schoolmates. While his father depopulated in the first team, Kobe grew up in the youth of Pallacanestro Reggiana. His smile, his love for basketball entered it and a bit of Reggio Emilia had entered him forever, as he had told us a few years ago returning to our city, which he called "home", to reason his future plans, just finished his professional career in Nba. Rest in peace Kobe, Reggio Emilia will not forget you ”.
The former basketball champion who died on Sunday 26 January in a helicopter accident, lived his childhood years in Italy following his father, a player who wore the shirts of AMG Rieti, Viola Reggio Calabria, Olimpia Pistoia and Reggiana. Just in Reggio the little Kobe began to take his first steps on the parquet. He entered the 'Aquilotti' tour of the Cantine Riunite Reggio Emilia. An experience that recounted thus: “Growing up in Italy has given me an incredible advantage. I learned the tactic. Things like moving around without a ball, taking simple steps, using your left and right hands. How to use the corner to lean the ball on the board, how to move on the blocks: all these things. When I got back to America, the other kids didn't know how to do those things. " (source FACEBOOK)
Source: Blitz Quotidiano