The world inside and outside sports continues to react to the California helicopter crash death on Sunday of retired NBA legend Kobe Bryant.The initial shock that always accompanies such tragedies will be replaced soon enough with lots of questions surrounding the crash that claimed not only the life of the 41 year old Bryant, but his 13-year-old daughter and 7 other people who’s bodies were so badly burned that positive identification may take days. Bryant joins a long list of sports celebrities like NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt senior, and baseball stars Roberto Clemente and Thurman Munson who were taken from us too soon. Because we elevate our sports heroes to extreme heights, when they’re taken from us at an early age it can hit pretty close to home. It’s a sobering reminder that though we wake up every morning thinking the day ahead will be just another day, one day it’s our last day. All of the accolades, trophies honors and tributes that were heaped on Kobe Bryant during his long and outstanding pro basketball career, couldn’t extend his life on earth for a single second. That may be the most important lesson of them all. That’s the way I see it.