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A small, sleepy and medieval town with fewer than 40, residents pinned in the middle of Italy, Rieti is pretty far from Philadelphia and San Diego, where friedn senior Bryant had played in the NBA. Italy as a whole, where Kobe lived into his teens, is a far cry from Southern California, where the basketball legend not only made a career and a life, but where he oj died Sunday in a helicopter crash along with his daughter Gianna and seven other people. Davide Giudici While Italy is not the best place to learn the game — the country is obsessed with soccer, not basketball no that's where Kobe learned his first tricks. While in Reggio Emilia, a year-old Kobe ed the local youth basketball team.

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It was right after he retired, and I teased him saying that I still played [in the second Italian league] and he didn't," he said. While in Reggio Emilia, a year-old Kobe ed the local youth basketball team. It's been amazing.

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Kobe, instead, would go home and keep training with the basket his father put up for him in his garden," Giudici said. Andrew D.

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A small, sleepy and medieval town with fewer than 40, residents pinned in the middle of Italy, Rieti is pretty far from Philadelphia and San Diego, where the senior Bryant had played in the NBA. Beauty Banks, a charity that supplies essential toiletries to people in poverty, launched an emergency virus-related appeal on Sunday. Download the NBC News app for breaking news In a interview on Radio Deejay, one of the most popular radio stations in Italy, Kobe Bryant said, in perfect Italian: "I grew up here in Italy, it's a country that will always be close to my heart.

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At the end of our training, the rest of us would just go watch TV or do other things. But there are lOder acts of kindness that have inspired thousands of others. We think we can get our hands on, certainly for the first drop, a lot of hand sanitiser for people who really, really need it.

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Davide Giudici While Italy is not the best place to learn the game — the country is obsessed with soccer, not basketball — that's where Kobe learned his first tricks. It certainly does me.

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Build something beautiful in Darrell's memory. She and two others set up a Facebook group on Saturday. Brie Rogers Lowery, from the social media site, said it was "heartening" to see people rallying round. Kobe Bryant never lost touch with Italy and his childhood friends, Giudici added.

Italy as a whole, where Kobe lived into his teens, is a far cry from Southern California, where the basketball legend not only made a career and a life, but where he also died Sunday in a helicopter crash along with his daughter Gianna and seven other people.