Tributes: In Memory of KOBE BEAN BRYANT (Memorial at Staples on 2/24)
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:59 pm    Post subject: Tributes: In Memory of KOBE BEAN BRYANT (Memorial at Staples on 2/24)

Memorial: https://twitter.com/i/events/1230988286451048448

KOBE'S TEAMMATES

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Shaquille O'Neal
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There’s no words to express the pain Im going through with this tragedy of loosing my neice Gigi & my brother @kobebryant I love u and u will be missed. My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW

https://twitter.com/SHAQ/status/1221549914766954496


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Kobe was so much more than an athlete, he was a family man. That was what we had most in common. I would hug his children like they were my own and he would embrace my kids like they were his. His baby girl Gigi was born on the same day as my youngest daughter Me’Arah.

https://twitter.com/SHAQ/status/1221569633683234818



Derek Fisher
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Struggling to process what is now a reality. Kobe’s life after basketball was just beginning and his second act was going to be even greater. His legacy, Gigi’s legacy both will live on forever!

https://twitter.com/derekfisher/status/1221560850957262849



Rick Fox
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Kobe and Gianna may your souls and the souls of the others who were with you Rest In Peace. My condolences and prayers go out to Kobe’s wife Vanessa, his daughters and the Bryant Family. I Love You Kobe and will miss you dearly.

https://twitter.com/RickFox/status/1221614574186553344



Pau Gasol
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Beyond devastated... my big brother... I can’t, I just can’t believe it

https://twitter.com/paugasol/status/1221538421363089409



Lamar Odom
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These picture are just the tip of the iceberg of our relationship. He taught me so many things in life that were necessary on and off the court. On the court he taught me how to carve out defenses and how to take my time. How to make winning my ultimate goal. Off the court he taught me to sign my own checks lol. Of course anyone who knows my story knows I’ve suffered a lot of loss but the only loss I can compare this to is when I lost my son. Even though our relationship wasn’t father/son, it was more like him being a teacher and me being his brother. I’m glad I got to be the ying to your yang as far as the locker room was concerned. It was my pleasure. I couldn’t even catch my breath today when I heard this news. I just knew if he was in a helicopter crash he would have been the one to survive. Somehow he would have jumped out and landed on his feet. I’m sitting here thinking about when we would be in practice scrimmaging and you would start the jump ball off with elbowing Sasha in the chest. Like dude it’s 10:30 in the morning lol. You think watching him play was crazy, you gotta think in practice if you scored like 8-9 buckets throughout the practice you had a great practice. I’ve seen him knock off 13-14 in a row in practice!!!! I’m still waiting for the media to come out and say wrong report. No way God took my brother this early. I know I been through my own stuff in life with using drugs and not being good to myself. When I went through that Coma situation if God would have came to me and said we would take me and spare Kobe I would have rather that happened. In honor of my brother I’m up at 4am tomorrow to get to the gym! Gigi gone give you buckets!!!! I love you brother 💔🙏🏿😥 @kobebryant

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7zOpt5A3Nw/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link



Sasha Vujacic
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Mio grande fratello,
Ti scrivo nella lingua che ci ha uniti in campo, la nostra lingua della pallacanestro.
Quando il mio sogno si è realizzato e il momento in cui ho saputo che il mio compagno di squadra sarebbe stato Kobe Bryant, la vita è cambiata in assoluto. Ti devo tutto ciò che ho imparato da te della pallacanestro. Mi hai insegnato come studiare il film di tutte le partite, come entrare nel sistema che ci ha fatto vincere insieme, come difendere (perché da Europeo ero pigro e la difesa prima di te era un opzione).
Sei sempre stato il mio grande fratello in campo, sin dall’inizio ci siamo spinti insieme oltre ogni limite, ogni giorno. L’obiettivo che avevamo nella nostra mente, pochi l’hanno capito.
Ce l’abbiamo fatta.
Mi ricordo il giorno quando è nata Gigi. 💔
Tragedia inspiegabile che ha portato via 9 vite. Triste, dispiaciuto e sotto shock totale. Non avrei voluto dirti addio così presto.
Dal cuore mando tutto l’amore e le preghiere di questo mondo alla tua famiglia, Vanessa e alle bimbe che proteggerete da sopra. 🙏

https://www.instagram.com/p/B71Tb27lufP/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link



Metta World Peace
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“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.”
He lived those words...
RIP my brother

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7zBK0qFOkz/

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Gigi. Your dad was so great to me. Love you both

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7zThdLFeMr/



Josh Powell
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Love you King. Learned a lot from you “On” and most definitely “Off” the court.....so much on my heart right now. I can’t even find the words. #resteasyking

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7zXEWWpMAX/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link



D'Angelo Russell
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Watched you closer than ever man, learned more than I could in such a short time, asked you more questions than ever. True Role ModeI. I find myself hearing every bit of advice you ever gave me. #legendary #mambamentality

https://www.instagram.com/p/B70L7XkgpNN/



Julius Randle
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Often times growing up ppl would ask me how are you from Dallas but a laker/Kobe fan. Funny story, but growing and spending time with my granny, we didn’t have cable. Probably 6 or 7 channels to watch on tv and if it was one thing for certain, Kobe and the lakers would be playing on one of those few channels. Losing you and her recently just doesn’t feel right to me. A lot doesn’t add up. My mom put the ball in my hands, but you are the reason I fell in love with the game. Even as a little kid, anytime I watched you I could tell the difference between you and the competition. Not just with your skill, but your approach was different. How you played and the love you had for the game was obvious to me. From that point on all I ever wanted to do was be like you. You set the bar for me. You inspired me all throughout my childhood and adulthood. Fast forward to being drafted by the Lakers and having the chance to share the court with. Really made me realize how crazy life is. I watched your every move those years. How you worked, how you prepared, how much you cared. It was everything and more i thought it would be when I idolized you when I was young kid at my granny’s house. Idol to teammate to mentor and everything else. Anytime I called you answered. Anytime I wanted to work you were available even though it was at 430/5am lol. I got a million stories I could tell. I’ll cherish them and save em to tell lil man when he gets older. Long story long man you inspired me more than I probably ever really let you know. A lot of this stuff doesn’t make sense and probably never will so I put that in Gods hands. Just know the mark you made here will live forever! You and baby girl GIGI rest easy. Prayers to Vanessa, Natalia, Bianka, Capri, and all families involved.
Love always big bro! KB8/24

https://www.instagram.com/p/B73x-Z5Ak2l/



Jordan Clarkson
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lost for words, bro was more than a teammate.. my mentor, the homie, a superhero, my idol , big brother thankful for experiences we had, cherished every moment with you dawg long live KB.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7zYfQYhLn9/



Larry Nance Jr.
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An absolute honor.. Rest In Peace Mamba

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7zDO-nJKxF/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

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“It’s the one thing you can control... You are responsible for how people remember you or don’t. So don’t take it lightly.“ -Kobe Bryant

https://www.instagram.com/p/B72UpNpJD9F/



Wayne Ellington
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At a loss for words. RIP to my idol and his beautiful baby girl. Some things we will just never understand. Praying heavily for the Bryant family. My heart hurts

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7zkUoRhHRG/?igshid=1nbpxconqtgq9

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In 2014, when I was playing for the Lakers, my Pop got killed. Bean was there for me. His texts and advice motivated me to get back on the court when I was in a completely dark place

https://twitter.com/WayneEllington/status/1221663748903133185



Carlos Boozer
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Can’t believe this... Struggling to find the words.. Thank you for everything you taught us big bro... We Love You Kobe... #RIP #MAMBA4EVER #HOLDAT 😢

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7zCbmcFYle/?igshid=nfk7482dx446



Karl Malone
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I am at a loss for words..Kobe and Gianna you will never be forgotten. What a blessing to see your impact you have had in this world, Kobe. Prayers for the Bryant family. Rest In Peace, little brother and Gigi..

https://twitter.com/TheDeliverer_32/status/1221560446555172865



Steve Nash
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My heart is broken for Kobe and his family. I’ll never forget the battles but what I really admired was the father he was to his girls. Rest In Peace old friend with your angel Gianna 💔

https://twitter.com/SteveNash/status/1221561906558726146



Lou Williams
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Been crying on and off. Have a random thought about things we spoke about then laugh. Cry again. Then I tell myself tighten up, mamba was tough. Wipe my eyes. Cry again RIPKOBE

https://twitter.com/TeamLou23/status/1221908116024881152



Nick Young
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Love you man ...I can’t believe this and didn’t wanna believe it ......I woke up hoping this was all a bad dream ... to many fun and great memories man this hurts .. happy I got a chance to call my favorite player a friend …

https://www.instagram.com/p/B71t8BfnvRm/?igshid=15pyma072civg

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I just seen you man and you was talking about the broke thumb story lol crazy ass didn’t believe me but I tell everybody you was the first person to check up on me before surgery and after. I told him imma tell the story of him throwing my shoes in the trash next and he laughed

https://twitter.com/NickSwagyPYoung/status/1221925183046311936

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I can’t believed that was our last time talking 💔 this (bleep) hurt

https://twitter.com/NickSwagyPYoung/status/1221925187190321152



Brandon Bass
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Glad I got a chance to hoop and have cool conversations with you. Rest In Peace! @kobebryant A true inspiration!

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7zzxEYgEhG/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link



Ryan Kelly
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At a loss for words...so blessed to have gotten a chance to play with a true legend of the game @kobebryant along my basketball journey. A dream come true. My heart is broken for the Bryant family. My deepest condolences. I’m holding my family close today. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7zOCPopXDM/?igshid=1i2pv7kt3cbsz



Robert Sacre
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My condolences to the Bryant family. This man has influenced so many people in this world and to know he’s gone is hard. I’m just grateful and blessed to say I was in his presence for 4 years and what an impact he had R.I.P @kobebryant A god among men 🙏🏽

https://twitter.com/Bobby_Sacre/status/1221635641315737607



Anthony Brown
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#NewProfilePic #RIPBEAN 🖤🖤🖤
Still don’t feel real, I can’t believe it

https://twitter.com/TwoShotOne/status/1221939223055474689



Marcelo Huertas
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😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

https://twitter.com/Huertas09/status/1221533121721577472



Dennis Rodman
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Devastated to hear the news on my friend @kobebryant passing. Prayers go out to his wife Vanessa and his children and the @Lakers family.

https://twitter.com/dennisrodman/status/1221522145202917379



Dwight Howard
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Truly lost for words. I was not expecting to wake up on the plane and hear the news. Brothers fight, argue even hate each other at times. But we never stop loving each other. I love you, WE love you. Thank you for inspiring the world in so many ways. People let’s make sure we tell each other daily that we love each other. We never know what can happen in life. Let’s appreciate life and each other while we are here. I’m damn shole gonna miss Kobe and Gigi sitting court side watching us this season. May you Rest In Peace Kobe and Gigi. This season is dedicated To Kobe . 💯💪🏾💛💜

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7zkYJvHRgP/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link



LAKERS

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LeBron James
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I’m Not Ready but here I go. Man I sitting here trying to write something for this post but every time I try I begin crying again just thinking about you, niece Gigi and the friendship/bond/brotherhood we had! I literally just heard your voice Sunday morning before I left Philly to head back to LA. Didn’t think for one bit in a million years that would be the last conversation we’d have. WTF!! I’m heartbroken and devastated my brother!! 😢😢😢😢💔. Man I love you big bro. My heart goes to Vanessa and the kids. I promise you I’ll continue your legacy man! You mean so much to us all here especially #LakerNation💜💛 and it’s my responsibility to put this (bleep) on my back and keep it going!! Please give me the strength from the heavens above and watch over me! I got US here! There’s so much more I want to say but just can’t right now because I can’t get through it! Until we meet again my brother!! #Mamba4Life❤️🙏🏾 #Gigi4Life❤️🙏🏾

https://www.instagram.com/p/B72NUtWA0gS/



Magic Johnson
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As I try to write this post, my mind is racing. I’m in disbelief and have been crying all morning over this devastating news that Kobe and his young daughter, Gigi have passed away in a helicopter crash. Cookie and I are heartbroken.

https://twitter.com/MagicJohnson/status/1221560262446084097

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He gave his knowledge, time, and talent to tutor so many at the youth level, collegiate level, & NBA & WNBA players. Words can’t express the impact that he had on the game of basketball. I know basketball fans all over the world will miss him, especially the City of Los Angeles.

https://twitter.com/MagicJohnson/status/1221560832984633345

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Kobe and I shared so many special conversations about life and basketball. We had so much in common off the court. I used to love talking to him about Lakers basketball, being fathers and husbands and how much we loved Italy. I will miss those conversations and him so much.

https://twitter.com/MagicJohnson/status/1221561072848498690

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Laker Nation, the game of basketball & our city, will never be the same without Kobe. Cookie & I are praying for Vanessa, his beautiful daughters Natalia, Bianka & Capri, as well as his parents Joe & Pam & his sisters. We will always be here for the Bryant family.

https://twitter.com/MagicJohnson/status/1221561529897644032

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We love you forever. #8 #24🙏🏾❤️

https://twitter.com/MagicJohnson/status/1221561639415058432



Jerry West
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To have been such, particularly when Kobe was young, to be a part of his life and to watch his career grow, watch him grow, this is one of the most tragic days of my life. I know somewhere along the way I guess I’ll come to grips with it.

https://twitter.com/BA_Turner/status/1221596222927953921



Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
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Most people will remember Kobe as the magnificent athlete who inspired a whole generation of basketball players. But I will always remember him as a man who was much more than an athlete.

https://twitter.com/kaj33/status/1221543886767579136



James Worthy
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#MambaForever 😢

https://twitter.com/JamesWorthy42/status/1221576780307238913



Michael Cooper
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Today we mourn the loss of a legend, one of the greatest basketball players to ever play this game has passed away along with his daughter Gianna. I have always respected Kobe not just as a player but has a friend and my one memorable moment in our relationship was I had the opportunity to work him out as a young player coming into the NBA. He was very tough and competitive and we went at it tooth and nail for an hour. And that’s when I and the Lakers knew that he was a very special player. My thoughts and prayers go out to Vanessa and his daughters as well as his extended family. The city of Los Angeles and the Laker family has lost a legend and icon. His spirit will continue to shine brightly over Los Angels. Number 8/24 will never be forgotten and will always be in our hearts forever.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7zuckupsm7/?igshid=u9emto7w6llm



Anthony Davis
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Man this is a tough one for me! You were the first guy to put me under your wing and show me the ins and outs of the league. Had so many great convos about so many things and I will cherish those moments forever. Love you forever, Bean! #RIPKobe #RIPGiGi 😔

https://www.instagram.com/p/B71LJYTD-oj/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link



Kyle Kuzma
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Damn I’ve been messed up all day.......I grew up trying to be like you. I would watch YouTube highlights as a kid trying to mimic you (and I still do) I would go to the gym as a kid and shoot fade-aways for hours acting as if every shot I took was at the buzzer just like you. Then 3 years ago I became a laker. You became family & a mentor to me. As a young kid I would of done anything in the world to meet you and as a rookie I had my opportunity. A dinner. A dinner with my idol Kobe Bryant. Talking about basketball, life and business with you at that moment changed my life forever man. I’m teared up just trying to write this but Kobe thank you for being a brother to me. Anything I ever needed from you, was just a call away. Thank you for all the knowledge. Thank you for just being a friend. Your inner drive is something that will never be match. Heroes come and go but you my guy will truly last forever. OUT.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7zkzCppkxg/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link



Alex Caruso
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Hard to put into words.. such a tragic and shocking day.. RIP Mamba 🙏🏼

https://twitter.com/ACFresh21/status/1221642098178289665



JaVale McGee
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Rest in peace KOBE!

https://twitter.com/JaValeMcGee/status/1221534429371387906



Troy Daniels
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You made being an absolute killer on the court cool. You made being a dad cool. We all knew the basketball player you were. But you were more than that.! You were a proud father.. A role model to millions.!!! Also an unbelievable dad and husband.!!! I’m so sorry to your family.!!

https://twitter.com/troydaniels/status/1221575255501811717



Jason Kidd
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You will be missed brother. My thoughts are with the Bryant family at this difficult time. RIP Kobe.

https://twitter.com/RealJasonKidd/status/1221550242191106050




NBA FAMILY

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Carmelo Anthony
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Probably the hardest game I ever had to play. I don't know... it was tough, it was tough. Honestly, knowing him the way that I know him, he would have wanted me to play. Our friendship & relationship was deeper than basketball.

https://twitter.com/trailblazers/status/1221669841813131264

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Damn Bro!! 😥
I hate when I have so much to say, but I can’t put any of it into words. The times I have the most to say are the times that I can’t talk. I’m screaming inside but I can’t be heard. YOU don’t know how hard it is to try to pretend to smile when I have these clouds of emotions.
YOU just called me and told me you were coming to the game Friday and that you were proud of me and “regardless of anything, stay true to myself and STAYME7O”
We were just laughing about how hard YOU was working GiGi and her teammates and I told YOU they need a day off 😂😢
This pain is almost unbearable Champ! Why you bro? Why GiGi? Why leave Vanessa with this Sadness and Pain. WHY? This will never make sense to me.
I know I’m not suppose to question GODs Will. I know GOD doesn’t make mistakes. It just seems like It always rains the hardest on those who deserve the sun.
There are moments in life when there’s simply NO words to describe the pain within. This is one of them. YOU will continue to be Loved. YOU will be missed. YOU will forever be remembered. YOUR legacy will live on FOREVER. OUR FRIENDSHIP will never be forgotten.
I know YOU will be near, Even if I don’t see YOU.
PEACE KING!!! “There Are No Goodbyes. Where Ever You’ll be, You’ll be in Our Hearts”
All Praise Due
#STAYME7O

https://www.instagram.com/p/B74kHyPA3qu/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link



Russell Westbrook
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I’ve been stuck and not really knowing how to put all that I’ve been feeling into words over the past several days. I am devastated about the passing of Kobe & Gigi, on every level. I met Kobe when I was 16 at UCLA playing against him in a pick up game. He played like it was the NBA finals. From that point on, I decided that I wanted to emulate his Mamba mentality. At the time, there was no name for it, but I recognized in him what I always felt in myself. He became a friend, a brother, a mentor, a teacher, he defended me, he believed in me, and he taught me how to weather the storm. I can go on and on, but I want to thank you for being my idol, & inspiration. I will pray for you and your family everyday just as I do my own. I love you Kobe. My heart and prayers also go out to the other families involved in last weeks accident. #RIPKobe #RIPGigi

https://www.instagram.com/p/B8A9ROqpCki/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link



Giannis Antetokounmpo
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REST IN PEACE KOBE. You were always my favorite to watch. You inspired me so much in the basketball world. You will be missed legend.🙏🏽😭

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7y6O08ltbP/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

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Mamba4Forever ❤️🕊 Gigi4Forever❤️🕊

https://www.instagram.com/p/B8F2rcqF-_3/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link



Trae Young
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This S*** can’t be real... this the first moment I was able to meet Gianna Maria, she’s been to only 3 games this year... 2 of them were mine... She told me I was her favorite player to watch🙏🏽 I can’t believe this😢😭

Rest Easy Gigi❤️

https://twitter.com/TheTraeYoung/status/1221538701353848834

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All the Lessons
All the Advice
Every word you ever told me...
Will stick with me forever

Thank You Kobe🙏🏽❤️

https://twitter.com/TheTraeYoung/status/1221523394530889730

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That one was for you...

Rest Easy Kobe🐍

https://twitter.com/TheTraeYoung/status/1221628470473691136



Donovan Mitchell
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PLEASE @NBA RETIRED 24! LEAGUE WIDE!!

https://twitter.com/spidadmitchell/status/1221549733648273408



Jason Terry
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Shared so many memories with you on and off the court. You were a kind soul that inspired all people from all walks of life. In your own words you said, “It’s not about the destination but it’s about the journey.” You and your beautiful daughter will be missed but not forgotten. Also, prayers up to all the families of this tragic accident. #mamba #24 #8 #gigi

https://www.instagram.com/p/B70DWEihn3g/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link




CJ McCollum
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It was really hard. A lot of emotions. Kobe was my favorite player, and a guy I modeled my work ethic after. My heart goes out to his family...I know Kobe as a competitor would've wanted us to go out and play tonight.

https://twitter.com/PDXjay/status/1221649367720837120



Jamal Crawford
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Whatever it was you did, football, basketball, soccer, acting, whatever. Kobe inspired you to be better...

https://twitter.com/JCrossover/status/1221638811332923393

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Prayers to his family and all the families affected.. This hurt my heart.

https://twitter.com/JCrossover/status/1221527755352707078

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Kobe has to be the new NBA logo.....

https://twitter.com/JCrossover/status/1221638811332923393



Karl Anthony-Towns
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The news of your passing not only numbed my body, but everyone’s around me. I grew up idolizing you and wanting to just have the chance to meet you. Never in my wildest dreams, did I think I would not only meet you but compete against you.
I remember being at Day Park in Piscataway with @viksingh__ recreating every single one of your game winning shots, practicing your fadeaway jump shot and mimicking all your moves.
I remember playing @nba2k with @viksingh__ on situation mode and just shooting game winning shots with #24. A huge part of my childhood and my being as a basketball player has left the world. The basketball world, society, and my world and it will all never be the same.
Rest In Peace to Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gigi, and everyone else involved in this tragedy. My prayers are with your families, loved ones, and anyone that feels affected as I do.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7zWseHpoTZ/?igshid=sxaxgel25yv5



Scottie Pippen
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Heartbroken to look back on this. Kobe and Gigi, you’re both GOATs in my eyes and I know that one-on-ones like this will live on forever.

https://twitter.com/ScottiePippen/status/1221629299654119424



Kenny Smith
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My deepest sympathy and prayers to the families including the Bryant family! You all will be missed ! We are all heartbroken

https://twitter.com/TheJetOnTNT/status/1221578870442213377



Adam Silver
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The NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna.

For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning. He was one of the most extraordinary players in the history of our game with accomplishments that are legendary: five NBA championships, an NBA MVP award, 18 NBA All-Star selections, and two Olympic gold medals. But he will be remembered most for inspiring people around the world to pick up a basketball and compete to the very best of their ability. He was generous with the wisdom he acquired and saw it as his mission to share it with future generations of players, taking special delight in passing down his love of the game to Gianna.

We send our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Vanessa, and their family, the Lakers organization and the entire sports world.


https://www.nba.com/article/2020/01/26/nba-commissioner-adam-silvers-statement-passing-kobe-bryant



Michael Jordan
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I am in shock over the tragic news of Kobe’s and Gianna’s passing. Words can’t describe the pain I’m feeling. I loved Kobe – he was like a little brother to me. We used to talk often and I will miss those conversations very much. He was a fierce competitor, one of the greats of the game and a creative force. Kobe was also an amazing dad who loved his family deeply – and took great pride in his daughter’s love for the game of basketball.

https://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/480013-michael-jordan-pays-tribute-to-kobe-bryant-he-was-like-a-little



Bill Russell
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Jeannine & I are absolutely shocked to hear of the loss of one of my favorite people & one of the best basketball minds in the history of the game! Our hearts & prayers to Vanessa & his girls. @kobebryant you were my biggest fan, but I was yours #RIPMAMBA @NBA @espn @SLAMonline

https://twitter.com/RealBillRussell/status/1221532340008013825



Mark Cuban
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Damn. RIP Mamba. May your memory be a blessing

https://twitter.com/mcuban/status/1221521656541319174

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I hope we all remember that Kobe and Gianna have brought our country closer together than anyone has in a generation. Their memory truly is a blessing that we should build on.

https://twitter.com/mcuban/status/1221827273130680321


Jay Williams
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There’s something so damn uplifting about him. It just made you want to be better in every aspect of your life. #RIPMamba

https://twitter.com/TheUndefeated/status/1221606832059420672



Darius Miles
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We lost a legend and iconic Hero today. Thank you for creating a Mentality to help people be better in sports as well as in life. I just ask that god wraps his healing arms around all the families involved R.I.P Kobe +GiGi 💔

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7zhDdrD74G/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

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A great man

The bond between Kobe and Gigi was made stronger by basketball.

https://www.instagram.com/tv/B71qvMJD4vJ/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link



Greg Popavich
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We all feel a deep sense of loss for what he meant to all of us in so many ways. And so many millions of people loved him for so many different reasons.

https://twitter.com/espn/status/1221602049827180544



Ben Simmons
Quote:
The world lost a legend today. Kobe Bryant was someone who I looked up to, a fierce competitor, a Champion, an icon. His dominance and relentless spirit translated both on and off the court. Your fans across the world loved you with such passion and you never let them down.

https://twitter.com/BenSimmons25/status/1221604880143527936

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To lose both you and your daughter Gigi in this tragic accident has shaken me to my core. My thoughts and prayers are with the Bryant Family and his close Friends in this extremely hard time, I am truly sorry for your loss.

https://twitter.com/BenSimmons25/status/1221604881024323584

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You were and will continue to be an inspiration to this world and drive people to follow their dreams with passion and conviction #MambaForever

https://twitter.com/BenSimmons25/status/1221604887210885121



Joel Embiid
Quote:
Man I don’t even know where to start😭😭 I started playing ball because of KOBE after watching the 2010 finals. I had never watched ball before that and that finals was the turning point of my life. I WANTED TO BE LIKE KOBE. I’m so FREAKING SAD right now!!!!

RIP LEGEND

https://twitter.com/JoelEmbiid/status/1221526990840377344



Jayson Tatum
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Heart broken. My Hero. My Idol. The reason I started to play this game, the reason I fell in love with this game. Growing up wanting to be just like you, to you becoming a mentor, beyond thankful for everything you’ve done for me. “I didn’t have a plan B I put all my eggs in one basket and I knew I was going to make it happen” hearing you say that stuck with me everyday of my life. You inspired me and I am forever grateful more than you know! Love you Bean 🙏🏽❤️! Sad, sad, sad day RIP Kobe and Gianna! Praying for the family!

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7zEzS-gWX1/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link



Luka Doncic
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🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏 this is so sad! RIP💔💔💔

https://twitter.com/luka7doncic/status/1221538600992505856



Clint Capela
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Not into the debates. Each generation claims their 🐐. He was ours. RIP Kobe 🐐 and Gianna. Condolences to his wife and daughters 💔

https://twitter.com/CapelaClint/status/1221598864962093056



Dwyane Wade
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Heroes come and go LEGENDS live forever‼️#8 #24

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7zZDKTnwGT/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

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RIP Kobe + GiGi ❤️💔 I know you said keep going but today we can’t. We love you and we’re gonna miss you brother.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7zbDxxHLMC/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

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Earning your respect meant everything. #mambamentality ❤️💔

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7znOpyneyp/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

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🐐

#8#24 Forever!

https://www.instagram.com/tv/B7z3WDvnZ_z/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link



Dirk Nowitzki
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https://twitter.com/swish41/status/1221633695620239360



Vince Carter
Quote:
This is painful!!!
I’ve known this man since he was 15 & I was 16. AAU teammates to competing against him for 18 seasons in the NBA. We were literally talking in these pics how I will enjoy retirement and that we would have a convo soon on how to go through it. Also how happy...

https://twitter.com/mrvincecarter15/status/1221659866386829315

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Continued.......

he was being able to watch his girls grow up. We mentioned how we will do for our daughters to the best of our abilities and now you’re headed to a better place on my bday smh. Rest up legend & Long Live “The Mamba” 🐍 🙏🏽
Many prayers to the Bryant family....

https://twitter.com/mrvincecarter15/status/1221659873093570563



Bogdan Bogdanovic
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I just lost my basketball father, there is no one that has impacted my game more than you Kobe... so sad and tragic. #restinpeace #8 #24

https://twitter.com/LeaderOfHorde/status/1221543779125157888



Chris Paul
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I don't know if I'll ever be able to fully process it. My parents have always said everything happens for a reason and its in God’s plan. But this one is different. Broken fingers, torn Achilles, it didn’t matter. You overcame it all!! You were DIFFERENT! Sometimes we competed so hard against each other that you could never tell how I was always watching YOU!! I needed to see how much better I needed to get and how much harder I needed to work! The love you had for the game was nowhere near the love you had for YOUR girls!! All 5 of them!! And Gigi, who we had already prearranged her marriage with lil Chris, is as beautiful and feisty as she could ever be!!! As I’ve watched you in retirement, as happy as you’ve ever been, I’ve sat back and prayed and hoped that my baby girl will look at me the way Gigi looks at you!!! I Love You and will miss you with all my heart my brother!!! All my love to Vanessa and all the families during this time 🙏🏾 #Mamba4Life #Mambacita

https://www.instagram.com/p/B74mPgqluzJ/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link



Paul George
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God please be with the families involved. Heal every broken heart and be there in there time of need! Still can’t believe this 😢 I’m grateful to have someone like you to look up to growing up in Cali. You inspired me to play basketball and to dominate on both ends. You made it cool to play defense and bust someone’s ass on offense. Thank you for taking me under your wing and being in my corner. Rest easy Kobe! 🙏🏾🙏🏾😢🐍

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7zHk23Fho4/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link



Austin Rivers
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Hurting badly. True role model! Not just for being a goat, or being one of the most Competitive athletes to ever compete. Not just because you were iconic in every form and defined excellence in so many ways...but because of how great of a father you were as well. True Icon. KB24

https://twitter.com/AustinRivers25/status/1221583082798702592



Stephen Jackson
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Real Tears for u bean. Glad I got a chance to say thank u for what u did for my son and was going to do for my boys. His last game hear in ATL he had 20 people waiting on him after the game @mettaworldpeace37 was bringing us to go in locker room as he was coming out. With all those people waiting he stopped and talk to my son for about 15mins. Meant the world to me and @stackyyyyyy Gone miss u Bean. Don’t make em like u no more. They need to change @staplescenterla to Kobe Bryant Center. OnMe. Rest Easy @kobebryant

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7zW7WElzX7/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link



Josh Hart
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Rip to a legend man... #Mamba

https://twitter.com/joshhart/status/1221522263910092801



Greg Anthony
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#RIP #Kobe #24 #8 taken too soon

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7znCAdBEOj/?igshid=1udygz32ri3dg



Nicolas Batum
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No no no please tell me this is not true. Not Kobe.... prayers to his wife, daughters and loved ones

https://twitter.com/nicolas88batum/status/1221521097629360128



Paul Pierce
Quote:
#RIPMamba 😭

https://twitter.com/paulpierce34/status/1221606331154497536



Shane Battier
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I am so sad at the tragic news today. Kobe was such a huge part of my career and my basketball life as a measuring stick, as an adversary, as a role model of basketball greatness.

https://twitter.com/ShaneBattier/status/1221538049827450882

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No one pushed me more. No one. I’m appreciative of our battles, Kobe, I am sad I will never get the chance to tell you that in person. RIP.

https://twitter.com/ShaneBattier/status/1221538095839023107



John Wall
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I’m at a loss for words. Can’t believe this is real. You will be missed. #RIP Kobe Bryant. Prayers for his wife, children and the individuals involved in this tragic incident.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7zMTMlFrRU/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link




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Ernie Johnson
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That moment on draft night feels as if it happened hours ago. It’s simply a blink. What actually happened hours ago is so incredibly heartbreaking and surreal. Praying God’s hand of comfort over the Bryant family.

https://twitter.com/TurnerSportsEJ/status/1221554808596897792



Chris McGee
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My littlest Lucca wrote a card for Kobe that she wanted me to bring to work.....my girls have grown up loving💜💛 #24.... they were born into it..... this note is pure ❤️.. telling Kobe she love his 3 pointers, she really misses him & she has only worn 8 and 24 because of him

https://twitter.com/geeter3/status/1221668865815396354



Speero Dedes
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No words. My heart goes out to his wife and their four girls. All the families whose lives are shattered by this. Hard to process. #KobeBryant

https://twitter.com/SperoDedes/status/1221526758022762497

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Can’t stop watching the news. It still doesn’t seem real. What I admired most about Kobe went beyond his basketball greatness. He wasn’t perfect. He was flawed just like the rest of us. But he owned up to his mistakes in life and became this amazing person and father.

https://twitter.com/SperoDedes/status/1221691048470044672

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I’ll always cherish those 6 years, riding his coattails on the radio with MT. So many memories and little interactions. But mostly all I can think about are his girls. And all of the families whose lives will never be the same. Life is so fragile. #KobeBryant

https://twitter.com/SperoDedes/status/1221691074898300928



Rachel Nichols
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I remember the first time Kobe introduced me to his daughter Gigi, and the way he talks about her in this clip is exactly how he sounded then: so damn proud, full of so much possibility.
And she was her father's daughter, too. Already such a gamer.

https://twitter.com/Rachel__Nichols/status/1221574980418199552



Jim Rome
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There have been other amazing athletes who have played here – other icons who have played here – but none of them were embraced by this city as much as Kobe. None of them embraced the city the way he did.

https://twitter.com/CBSSportsNet/status/1221851331251535873




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Barack Obama
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Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day.

https://twitter.com/BarackObama/status/1221552460768202756



Cody Bellinger
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15 hours ago man… I actually cannot believe this. Praying for his family and close friends. Hoping it’s not true

https://twitter.com/Cody_Bellinger/status/1221521379008360452



Naomi Osaka
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I can’t.

https://twitter.com/naomiosaka/status/1221671070681292800



Candace Parker
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This is one of those days everyone will remember where they were when we lost a legend. Kobe an amazing basketball player but even better husband, father, friend, MENTOR. It doesn’t seem real. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and families.

https://twitter.com/Candace_Parker/status/1221593727245811712



Sabrina Ionescu
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Everything I do, I do it for him. He was a really close friend. And this season's for him.

https://www.espn.com/womens-college-basketball/story/_/id/28571148/oregon-sabrina-ionescu-dedicates-season-close-friend-kobe-bryant



Kanye West
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Kobe, We love you brother

We’re praying for your family and appreciate the life you’ve lived and all the inspiration you gave

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/1221558611320528896



Kim Kardashian West
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My heart is so heavy. No one should ever experience what the families involved are going through. This has affected us all so much but I cannot begin to imagine what Vanessa is feeling losing her husband and her baby girl. I cry just thinking about it.

https://twitter.com/KimKardashian/status/1221587836643659778



John Legend
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I'm so sad and stunned right now. In Staples Arena, where Kobe created so many memories for all of us, preparing to pay tribute to another brilliant man we lost too soon, Nipsey Hussle. Life can be so brutal and senseless sometimes. Hold on to your loved ones. We miss you, Kobe

https://twitter.com/johnlegend/status/1221532984299229185



Jimmy Kimmel
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He was great,charismatic & among the hardest-working athletes ever,but what impressed me most was how deeply-involved Kobe was with his 4 daughters. Pray for them, Vanessa, his parents & his fellow passengers' families on this sad and shocking day. We will never forget you Kobe

https://twitter.com/jimmykimmel/status/1221525360732278784



Ellen DeGeneres
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Like everyone, I’m stunned and saddened by the news about Kobe Bryant. My heart is broken for his wife and family.

https://twitter.com/TheEllenShow/status/1221528514022670337



Robert Iger
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Today we @WaltDisneyCo mourn the tragic loss of @kobebryant...a giant in sports and a person so full of life. Terrible news and so hard to process....

https://twitter.com/RobertIger/status/1221531175061057536



Taylor Swift
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My heart is in pieces hearing the news of this unimaginable tragedy. I can’t fathom what the families are going through. Kobe meant so much to me and to us all. Sending my prayers, love, and endless condolences to Vanessa and the family and anyone who lost someone on that flight.

https://twitter.com/taylorswift13/status/1221545674988310533



Chadwick Boseman
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I’m heartbroken. Shocked. Husband, Father, Strategist, Philosopher-Poet, Warrior-Athlete, Filmmaker...your focus is magnetic, Kobe. My love goes out to you and your family.

https://twitter.com/chadwickboseman/status/1221548953604325378



Roman Reigns
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I actually found out at Minute Maid Park right before The Rumble. Triple H received a text message and he showed it to me, and I just didn't believe it, to be honest. I'm a Lakers fan. I watched religiously throughout his career, and I've always just been a huge fan, massive respect.

I never really thought losing someone like that... he's a stranger, obviously a public figure, and I've seen him and watched him, but he didn't know me and I didn't truly know him, but I didn't realize it would affect me so much. It really did, on top of The Rumble just being an emotional roller coaster in its own right, it really just saddened me and broke my heart, obviously to hear the loss of Kobe, and then his daughter as well, GiGi, my heart just goes out to his wife, the three girls that were left behind, all the families that were involved, and the pilot and his family. It's just an abrupt lost, and I really feel like it shook the world.

I did not think it would affect me as much as it did. I legitimately think I cried. I got home last night, I flew home right after The Rumble. The first thing I did when I got in my house was went right to my daughter's room. She was asleep, she had no clue, but I hugged her for probably 3, 4, 5 minutes, and just teared up the whole time. You have to really be grateful and thankful, and take advantage of every second that we have here, and make sure your loved ones know they're loved, and if there's anything that you're holding within, try to forgive and forget, and move on. Mend any type of negativity that you have going on in your life because you just never know. Life is short and we just need to take advantage of every second we have. My heart and my condolences go out to all the families. It's just a very sad time.

https://www.wrestlinginc.com/news/2020/01/roman-reigns-on-finding-out-about-kobe-bryant-passing-from-665581/



Leonardo DiCaprio
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Kobe was truly larger than life, a legend. May he and all those who lost their lives today rest in peace. Love and condolences to his family. LA will never be the same.

https://twitter.com/LeoDiCaprio/status/1221570140271071232



Flea
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I love you Kobe

https://twitter.com/flea333/status/1221523401556127744



https://twitter.com/i/moments/1221547483005886471
https://twitter.com/i/moments/1221532067546091520
https://twitter.com/i/events/1221533879363751936
https://twitter.com/i/events/1228391085895909377
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:04 pm    Post subject:

teams around the league violating the 8- and 24-second clocks in honor of Kobe
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:15 pm    Post subject:

https://youtu.be/JXQniGgIIwM

Jerry West.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:31 pm    Post subject:

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found out the news about Kobe when I landed in Miami. I was numb. I'm still numb. I first thought of Gianna, who was always by his side. Here's my column on Kobe's relationship with GiGi. "It’s a trip to see her move...”


https://twitter.com/arashmarkazi/status/1221612709671817217?s=21

Heart breaking article about Kobe and his relationship with Gigi 💔💔💔
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:31 pm    Post subject:

Thanks for posting man.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:36 pm    Post subject:

There are too many quotes from various of people showed their love and sadness. Not only the basketball world or even the sports world, Kobe is bigger than basketball.
Our presidents are even sad for Kobe
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:18 am    Post subject:

Heart breaking tribute to Kobe and Gianna

https://twitter.com/UniversallyCAPE/status/1221590403218071553
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:43 am    Post subject:

Just a few hours before news of the tragedy, Ryan Kelly who played 3 years with Kobe, had a game in Japan where he played 24 mins and 24 seconds and scored 24 points.

https://twitter.com/lindsayckelly/status/1221656596331106304
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:15 am    Post subject:

Giannis Antetokounmpo deleted all his social media accounts after Kobe’s passing

https://twitter.com/harris_stavrou/status/1221606011515166720?s=21
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:10 am    Post subject:

https://www.clintonfoundation.org/press-releases/statement-president-clinton-and-secretary-clinton-passing-kobe-bryant
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Statement from President Clinton and Secretary Clinton on the Passing of Kobe Bryant
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For Immediate Release: January 26, 2020
Contact: press@presidentclinton.com (link sends e-mail)

Statement from President Clinton and Secretary Clinton on the Passing of Kobe Bryant

Hillary and I are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and all those who died in today's helicopter crash. Kobe brought excitement and joy to basketball fans not just in Los Angeles, but all over the U.S. and around the world. He was also a leader off the court, including in his advocacy for young people, especially the vulnerable and homeless — a passion I saw firsthand when I joined him and Vanessa for the opening of a housing project they and their foundation supported. Kobe Bryant lived a very large life in a very short time. But above all, he loved his family. Our prayers are with Vanessa, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri, and all those who lost loved ones today.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:14 am    Post subject:

Jordan-esque wrote:
Heart breaking tribute to Kobe and Gianna

https://twitter.com/UniversallyCAPE/status/1221590403218071553


Epic! Kobe seemed like such a Loving father..





Creator should sell that to a few media outlets..
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:16 am    Post subject:

https://www.kfyrtv.com/content/sports/Phil-Jacksons-statement-following-Kobe-Bryants-death-567315971.html

Phil so composed

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Statement from Phil Jackson: “The crash was a tragedy for multiple families. My heart goes out to Vanessa and the families that lost loved ones.Kobe was a chosen one-special in many ways to many people.Our relationship as coach/player transcended the norm.He went beyond the veil"
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) January 27, 2020

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:05 am    Post subject:

Spencer Dinwiddie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKzZhAyoEC0
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:10 am    Post subject:

Thank you for creating this thread.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:29 am    Post subject:

We Love a Great piece of The AllSpark
Nurture the Greatness withinU
It's not fate. It is a choice.

In truth, the physical AllSpark is but a shell to contain the incredible life-giving energies within; should that shell be destroyed the energies will remain as potent as ever merely waiting for a new vessel to inhabit.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:47 am    Post subject:

Ish...now I'm crying all over again. Woke up this morning and looked at my phone hoping this was just a bad dream.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:56 am    Post subject:

I hope adam silver will tribute kobe with naming the ASG mvp award after him.

Hopefully linking his name and the mamba mentality to the game will make it less of the circus that currently is
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 10:15 am    Post subject:

Thanks for the thread IronMamba!

That Jayson Tatum post made me more emotional.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 10:59 am    Post subject:

IronMamba this thread is truly amazing and heart touching.. thank you.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:07 am    Post subject:

That image of Quinn Cook joining all the Lakers fans outside Staples Center... emotional.

https://twitter.com/NBAUpdatesOnly/status/1221814906305097728

https://twitter.com/LegionHoops/status/1221695957441499136
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:21 am    Post subject:

By the way, should all checkout the Jim Rome show today, lot of good Kobe coverage including personal stories he's shared with Kobe and bringing in some neighbors of Kobe.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:22 am    Post subject:

An amazing quote by Sean Grande, a voice of the Celtics:

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As Celtics fans, we didn’t think Kobe Bryant could break our heart one more time, we were wrong.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:41 am    Post subject:

Thank you for compiling this list. Incredible work. I think this thread should be enshrined in the hall of fame sub forum.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:41 am    Post subject:

Thank you, and also thanks for some of the contributions from others of other quotes.

I'll keep updating the post with more and more quotes but there's still a lot to get to, it's nowhere even close to being half way done.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:51 am    Post subject:



Great thread.

Thank you.
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