The world has come together in grief following basketball legend Kobe Bryant’s tragic death in a helicopter crash on January 26. Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist, was one of the most recognisable faces in global sport and a transformational black athlete. NewsClick's Leslie Xavier and basketball journalist Karan Madhok discuss Kobe Bryant’s legacy from a sporting perspective. We also look back at the 2003 rape allegation against Bryant, how he dealt with it and how the wider economic machinery around the athlete rallied to ensure he emerged virtually unscathed. Bryant was inscrutable in life and is, most certainly, complex in death.