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Remembering Kobe Bryant, a Man Who Never Trusted in Tomorrow

I was 12; he was 19. In one moment, I learned that the future wasn’t guaranteed.

Bryant in 1998, the year his path crossed with the author’s. Photo: MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images

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I met Kobe Bryant once.

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David Dennis, Jr.

David Dennis, Jr.

Level Sr. Writer covering Race, Culture, Politics, TV, Music. Previously: The Undefeated, The Atlantic, Washington Post. Forthcoming book: The Movement Made Us