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Billy Reed: Kobe Bryant owned the air; he soared — until a helicopter crash brought him down

It is ironic that Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash because the air was his second home. In every game he played with the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe didn’t just jump. He flew. He soared. And, yes, he could execute the 360-degree helicopter dunk when he wanted to give the fans a show. Like his hero, Michael Jordan, he complemented his talent by playing with a fierceness that enabled him to take...