The Los Angeles Public Library honored Kobe Bryant by posting a list of books that the late basketball star loved.
Bryant, the Lakers shooting guard who was widely considered one of the best basketball players in history, was killed in a helicopter crash last month along with his daughter, Gianna, and seven other people.
“Kobe Bryant’s post-basketball life was dedicated to inspiring young people through storytelling,” wrote social media librarian Keith Kesler. “As one would expect from a passionate storyteller, Bryant also appreciated reading a good book. I searched through old interviews and social media posts to find the books that inspired the Black Mamba.”
Other works of fiction that Bryant liked include Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone, Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Matthew Quick’s The Silver Linings Playbook, and Jason Reynolds’ Sunny.
Bryant was himself an author. His book, The Mamba Mentality: How I Play, was published in 2018.
Michael Schaub is an Austin, Texas–based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.