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TMZ broke the horrific news on a Sunday afternoon: Kobe Bryant, one of the finest basketball players in history, had died at age 41 along with his daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash.
Shock, denial, despair and immense sadness followed. Twitter was one of the platforms where that sequence of emotions was expressed more clearly.
Here’s what NBA players and media members tweeted that day. (It’s not an easy read).
Please God don’t let this be real!! https://t.co/cOXyAehJgU
I hope this isn’t true man!!! Not Kobe
Wow!!! 🤬🤬🤬 no no no!!
Can’t be real
Please tell me this kobe news is fake please 😓😓😓😓😓😓😓
There’s no way🤦🏽♂️💔
Please no. Please god no. It can’t be true.
This Kobe news can’t be real bruh
Kobe Bryant Has Died In A Helicopter Crash according to TMZ
Think ima really throw up
please please please
bro nahh ain’t no way…
No way. I have no words. No words. Please tell me this isn’t true.
Please don’t tell me this is true . Not Kobe
No way ?!?! 😱
please let this not be true
This cannot be true. It just can’t. Kobe cannot be dead, not like this and not this soon.
This Shit Hit Different right now….
Plz tell me that’s not true
Every hooper around the world is hurting right now. Whether you played pro or, not! This one hurts to the core to hear 💔
🥺 no way
Naaaaaaah. Not 24
I’m shook….. idk what to think right now
That’s not real bro
No…I’m at a loss for words. This is the absolute worst feeling
Plz plz plz no
this can’t be trueee!!🙏🙏🙏
NO NO NO NO WAY MAN
This shit can’t be real
This is the crash that reportedly included Kobe Bryant. https://t.co/cvTcVPVLlD
can’t be true NO😱 🤮🤮Kobe 💔💔
..No 🥺.. kobe tu no.. decirme que es mentira!!
Dag tomorrow really not promised to nobody….
Please say its not true, please say its fake news! 😢
Oh my god… plz no
Hell nah hell nah! Not Kobe!
This cannot be real.. no way no way
This can’t be real…. 💔
There’s no way man
One of the greatest players of all time has passed away today 😔 https://t.co/Sksn9lMsQt
I refuse to 💔
This can’t be true …….
WHAT??? IM SICK MAN THIS CANT BE HAPPENING
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirms 5 dead in Calabasas helicopter crash. Lakers legend Kobe Bryant was one of them, according to TMZ.
Nah man this cant be true
My heart hurts… this can’t be true
If the Kobe news is accurate, and I’m hoping it’s not, this is just not right. This will rock the world, not just the NBA world.
Can’t be real
OMG 😱 😢 https://t.co/G1jdtWMPAd
Nooooooooooo God please No!
No way. Just no way….
RIP 💔 https://t.co/IT2Obq6qoT
Lord tell me it’s not true plz plz plz tell me it’s fake.
This is not real right now
Not 8 😞😞🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
There is just no way man
I really don’t know what to say. I feel like crying. My sincerest prayers go out to Kobe’s family and the entire basketball world, which was also Kobe’s family.
No no no please tell me this is not true. Not Kobe…. prayers to his wife, daughters and loved ones
With news breaking about the death of Kobe Bryant in a helicopter accident in Southern California, the Spurs locker room has been closed to the media during pre-game. I can’t imagine what Pop, his staff, the players are experiencing. Pop spoke to reporters before the news broke.
Kobe Bryant is among those dead in a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles, a source confirms to ESPN.
I’m sick 💔
Not bean man
Nooooooo cmon someone say it ain’t true… I’m sick to my stomach right now
🙏🏽🤦🏽♂️ RIP to a legend smh
This is the Biggest example that life isn’t promised to anybody…sad day😢
Can confirm legend Kobe Bryant has been tragically killed in an helicopter accident, sources told Yahoo Sports.
Not Kobe man…
Nah This Not Funny.
This one hurts 😪 RIP Kobe
No no no… omg no please not be true 😭
Devastated for all those families. Last time I spoke with Kobe he was excited about the next chapter in his life with his girls. https://t.co/tNlzVR9cAx
Nahh this can’t be real man.. 😓
Gutted. Devastated for the families involved. Staring at my screen trying to comprehend this. https://t.co/EfSPcUEwzC
This is so shocking… I’m just stunned by this news. Truly an amazing competitor. #RIP https://t.co/UW5vEyfnR2
I’m in tears dawg fr 😢
RIP Kobe Bryant
• 5x Champ
• 2x Finals MVP
• 2008 MVP
• 18x All-Star
• 15x All-NBA
• 12x All-Defense
• 2x Scoring champ
• 1st in points, games, wins in Lakers history (regular season & playoffs)
• Only player with 2 numbers retired for the same team https://t.co/9HnTAiMcra
Can also confirm Kobe Bryant has died. RIP
Unreal … Prayers to the Bryant family. To the world. https://t.co/6Rl70PItNH
Every team has to retire 24
Kobe Bryant is the closest thing to religion in the NBA. Can’t believe it. Hands shaking as I type this
Rip to a legend man… #Mamba
Rest In Peace 🙏 https://t.co/ECSBz5wucT
BREAKING: #Lakers and #NBA great Kobe Bryant and others have died in a helicopter crash, per multiple reports including @wojespn. He was 41. Unbelievable and tragic news. #KSATsports #KSATnews #NBA https://t.co/xULW0s3gOz
No not Kobe… this is unreal…
God, we ALL need you!
Heartbreaking. I still can’t believe it. https://t.co/EjyzWj79kO
This can’t be true…
Don’t even know what to say 😢😢😭😭
this one hurt …
Ain’t no way bro. 😢
More then just basketball man he has 4 daughters… life is crazy. Thoughts and prayers to his family.
Pray for his family
Rip Bean! This shit can’t be real!
Woj u so wrong for tweeting this… this is so so sad 😞 man… 💔#icantbelive #kobe4ever https://t.co/hOHMx5Zr42
Wowww! So unexpected … can’t even process it … just wow
Sad day for the basketball world!!
Never had the chance to meet Kobe but this one hits like it’s one of my own. bless his family man.
Enjoy every single day people, we are always too worried about things that are actually not that important. Life is precious and you never now when it’s gonna end.
All the Lessons
All the Advice
Every word you ever told me…
Will stick with me forever
Thank You Kobe🙏🏽❤️ https://t.co/WPCdHg3iyt
Can’t believe this never got to meet you💔 I wear this 24 on my back because of you! I’m Sick!
Life is so short…
No fucking way… no way, no way…….. No way……… No way……no way…… I love you Kobe…
Kobe ‘Bean’ Bryant, dead at 41 https://t.co/v7iDsSPmJD
Dry mouth. Pit in stomach. Wobbly knees. Hollow scrolling for about 20 minutes hoping the news will change. So sad.
Brutal. Just brutal. https://t.co/jnXPAU3ArM
Legend gone too soon…One of the most inspirational players of my lifetime and a person who’s dedication and drive can be translated to any part of life. Mamba mentality will live on forever and we’ll never forget… https://t.co/Z4VskuNCDA
I’ve never heard anything sound so unreal to me before. Hurts my heart😪
Nah I didn’t just wake up to this .
it feels like the only thing i can do right now is keep refreshing twitter
Mamba 4 Life. 🐍🙏🏼 https://t.co/9fxhTno4Vk
This one hurt right here, RIP To The Mamba🐍!
Regarding reported death of Kobe Bryant, Knicks-Nets will be tough to play tonight. Julius Randle former teammate.
Stunned. Saddened. RIP, Kobe…
Cancel the games today man
The Spurs locker room — every locker room around the league — is open after coach availability. It’s closed right now. The news has broken, and the look on everyone’s face out on the court says it all. This is devastating.
Such a sad day for basketball fans around the world. Kobe Bryant’s impact on basketball and the NBA will forever be felt. My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife and four daughters. Such complete disbelief right now. This is when LIFE surpasses rivalries. RIP Kobe
There’s no way 🥺🐐
This one hurt! RIP legend ! Thank you for your legacy 🙏🏽 #kobe
😭😭😭😭 naw man. No way. https://t.co/vPjzsGYRa6
I hope this isn’t true please don’t be true🙏🏾🙏🏾
Warriors were practicing when the news of Kobe Bryant’s death broke. They called off practice, canceled media availability. Like every emotionally rocked NBA franchise right now, a ton of people in the organization were connected to him in various ways.
Can’t believe this Kobe news! Life is so fragile!
This is devastating to not just his family but the world. My condolences to his family and loved ones. #ripkobe
The world is sick right now. #24
not my guy 😔
It feels like I’ve just lost a family member. This is how important he was for a game of basketball. RIP, Kobe #mambaout
No words. The news took my breath away. RIP Kobe.
Im really trying to hold back the tears right now. This hurts a lot. Like a whole lot. 😭
Peace and power to the Bryant family, and basketball lovers around the world. R.I.P @kobebryant 😢 #MambaMentality https://t.co/yn3Bgo0VAu
NBA Soul Hurting 💔 #8 #24
Every game today needs to be canceled immediately. Life sucks. I’m sick https://t.co/znYZ5nSnvA
Mamba, Vino, Laker, Legend
His final tweet. Feels like a punch in the stomach. https://t.co/QaxvN6cW6G
Words can’t describe the heartbreak. Kobe was one of the greatest players and winners in history. He has four beautiful daughters and a wife who all need him. This is so senseless and sad. Don’t even know what to do or how to feel. Totally gutted. Life is so precious. https://t.co/HCBBzP2tqq
The Daughters Too?!? This can’t be real…
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!!!!
This hurts! Smh RIP 24 https://t.co/nnqmahdSxI
Not his kids fam..
Prayers to his family and all the families affected.. This hurt my heart.
STOP! STOP STOP STOP STOP STOP! https://t.co/dIUJWmpEeo
Like many of the NBA’s current generation, the Thunder cut their teeth against Kobe Bryant. The Thunder’s first playoff series was against the eventual champion 2010 Lakers. He was a measuring stick and mentor for Westbrook, Durant and Harden.
Hug the people you love. Enjoy the life you have while you have it.
Can’t believe it… Twitter is the wrong forum for days like this but man…
Spurs struggling to come to grips with the devastating news about Kobe Bryant.
Kobe Bryant is dead. This was his last tweet yesterday. Game has lost a great one. So, so sad. https://t.co/EStZxHRcHj
NBA Legend Kobe Bryant has passed away at the age of 41. https://t.co/dyOvDMqYVm
Hats off to the guys playing today.
Hard to imagine anything that would bring more collective pain to the NBA family than this. https://t.co/ySz0URN0uH
Kobe Bryant’s death is a reminder that each day life is precious and not to be taken for granted. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and those who lost their lives in the helicopter crash today 🙏🏼
I don’t know who needs to hear it but ,tell that person how you feel! Tell them you love em 🖤
RIP to an ICON!!!🙏🏾 Just devastating
How many people are doing what they are doing because of Kobe?
We could argue all day about his standing among the all-time greats. but who turned more people into basketball fans than Kobe?
Only MJ. https://t.co/VZGs0jsK00
It seriously does not look like the Houston Rockets have ANY desire to be playing basketball today. They walked out from the locker room and are walking through warmups.
Nuggets look out of it too.
This just does not feel right to be playing a game at the Pepsi Center today.
Was his family on the plane? I’m hearin all different types of stuff rightnow
jus waking up in australia…🤧 mannnn this hurts a lot and don’t even feel real sending prayers and love out to everybody rn and if u reading this i miss/love you life is way to short not too 🤞🏼💕 R.I.P kobe #FOREVER24
That’s Bean man
Prayers up 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 https://t.co/X4MWAkb2bU
Heartbreaking that this was last night. https://t.co/x1NCL7Y6Az
Kobe Bryant’s final playoff game was March 21, 2012, in Oklahoma City.
Wake up everyday with a smile on your face. Never know when our time is coming. Real shit. Live life to the fullest. 🖤
A very emotional Austin Rivers was just shown on NBATV. Absolutely gut-wrenching league-wide.
I pray the other passengers were not family 🙏🏽
RIP KOBE 😥😥😥 I can’t believe this is true. I’m at a loss for words 😥
dropped phone out of my hand when picked it up and saw this. just cannot believe it. how insanely sad. 😢 https://t.co/mVIGCGYpQm
you wit me tonight my guy 🥺
24 🐍 x 12 😴 @kobebryant https://t.co/LIQf827bjI
Absolutely devastated by the tragic loss of Kobe Bryant. We will all remember where we were and how we felt when we heard the news. One of the saddest days in sports history. Praying for his family and hugging my loved ones even tighter today.
This can’t be real 😭. We lost a legend The only time I got to go against you in my career. Thank you mamba https://t.co/NY9BWiWhat
I’ll never forget how Kobe always gushed about Russ, KD & Harden in the early OKC days.
And how he specifically saw the Mamba blood in Russ.
Kobe compliments were hard to earn because his bar was so high. True honor to earn his respect.
I pray for his family. RIP to a legend. https://t.co/kudBAS8BEK
Mannnnnn I’m sick right now. Cant believe what I’m hearing. Losing a ICON like this is tough. Kobe RIP
Such a sad day. RIP to a legend. He was an inspiration to so many including myself. Prayers to his loved ones right now. #mamba
Pepsi Center holding a moment of silence for Bryant. A few fans chanting “Kobe!” This still doesn’t feel real https://t.co/5MkpgmrDOx
Despite rumors about cancellations, a Grizzlies source says team has not heard anything about tonight’s game being cancelled. That is not definitive. But that’s the info at this moment.
The Nuggets observe a moment of silence prior to the #Rockets game. https://t.co/fitDtWEgen
I’m trying to process but I just can’t man💔 https://t.co/wyMGUclmjj
Devastated to hear the news about @kobebryant. He was the best to ever do it. Praying for the Bryant family during this difficult time. Your legacy will live forever, you inspired and transformed a lot of us 😢😥😔 https://t.co/8r0faP9hX2
The Pepsi Center broke into chants of “Kobe, Kobe!” after the moment of silence in memory of his life..
I’m sick to my stomach right now . All I ever wanted to be was just like you , nobody else 😫 somebody wake me up from this dream , I wanted to play in front of you so i could show you what you did for me. Man. RIP.💔 https://t.co/9rZ56uSuDT
Oh my goodness https://t.co/O6Zr29uokd
RIP Kobe Bryant 🙏🏼 https://t.co/ktPu0YjDPr
Speechless on this plane ride home! A sad day bruh! RIP Kobe Bean Bryant! Prayers go to his family and loved ones 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 This doesn’t even feel real man..
Rest in peace KOBE!
please NO https://t.co/mNXbmZSTF5
Fu*k everything https://t.co/SjOUctV9ix
Tyson Chandler clearly heartbroken. Not sure how these players are able to focus on the game. #Rockets https://t.co/QlO0ByjsEI
I’m numb and in tears. All I know about being relentless and never to give up, I learned it all from you, Kobe.
TMZ reporting that “reps for Kobe” have confirmed his 13 year old daughter GiGi was on board the helicopter 😔🙏🏼 https://t.co/EUPK3bgg8H
NOOOO MAN!!!! Not his daughter 😥 i’m sick to my stomach.
There are no signs at all the game will be cancelled. Everything is proceeded as normal.
I want to sincerely apologize to all the Indiana’s fans and players for how I acted at the end of the game. I let my emotions get the best of me and it won’t happen again. I have nothing but respect for all Indiana’s fans and players. Please forgive me and I wish you all the best
The Spurs just entered the court for their pregame layup line. DeMar DeRozan is not among them.
Would not be surprised if he was allowed to sit this one out.
I’m still in complete shock & don’t know what to say. Your respect meant everything to me. Thank you for pushing me, thank you for the memories, thank you for the support. Love you Kobe. My ❤️ is with your family #RIP https://t.co/wTI5Fgzkoz
Still in shock, thank you for everything you did for the game and so many others #RIPMAMBA 🙏🏼
Most people will remember you for your tenacity, all your unreal feats, and being the Black Mamba. But I’ll always remember you for taking time out your day when you seen me to ask how I was doing and how my mother… https://t.co/wEcDoLSBsw
Rip @kobebryant 😔 doesn’t feel real…. my heart goes out to his family and loved ones 🦋 https://t.co/0qQeBtsz6U
No words. Rest in peace #KobeBryant https://t.co/PXO6EMm9JL
Rifling through all my conversations and interactions with Kobe over the years and thinking I’ll never have another one is impossible to accept right now. RIP, my friend. #KobeBryant
We always wondered “what would Twitter have been like when that thing happened”
Now we know.
Max & I will reminisce about our time with Kobe someday.
But this I know, he truly believed he had more to give in the second half of his life than the first.
An unspeakable loss. https://t.co/Q8INgdzT4x
This is truly beyond devastating. Praying for Vanessa and the family. Such a massive loss we’re all suffering through. https://t.co/DzluzCVi1b
My wife spent this time with Kobe two months ago. https://t.co/wsrMUKWgcB
Sources: Kobe Bryant was on his way to a travel basketball game with his daughter Gianna when the helicopter crashed. Those aboard the helicopter also included another player and parent.
UPDATE: DeMar came out to the court following both national anthems. He is on the floor presently. https://t.co/S8lLmw92Zg
No matter how many reports I’ve seen and read confirming this … it just doesn’t seem real. Sad, sad day in the #NBA. https://t.co/DpyRqZMsO3
The tragedy of this is unbelievable. https://t.co/EE8AHZddi3
A truly tragic day for which I am struggling to process let alone find the words. So I’m just going to share statements and quotes from others.
Here’s Ted Leonis: https://t.co/QCPXIM0sHz
My 🐐 on & off the floor. https://t.co/G3f0FmRl2z
I started because of you…. thank you Kobe. 🙏🏾
Beyond devastated… my big brother… I can’t, I just can’t believe it
I am beyond shocked that any NBA game is taking place right now. For the sake of the players who have to take the court, think this through right now @NBA #RIPMAMBA
🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏 this is so sad! RIP💔💔💔 https://t.co/5ykf0drVSG
THE DAY I EARNED YOUR RESPECT WAS A DAY ILL NEVER FORGET.! REST PEACEFULLY GOAT.! 😔😔🙏🏾 https://t.co/cKnTCNo23s
…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://t.co/IfDrE9Gjlv
I have nothing. https://t.co/Sf7tVfRqgh
GG 💔 lil mamba
Heart is absolutely broken for Kobe Bryant’s family. Hug your loved ones today. #RIPkobe 💔
Heartbroken for Kobe’s family, teammates, friends. Praying for wife & daughters (won’t report what’s Not confirmed). Reax I’ve heard from people who don’t like sports, shows depth & reach of Kobe’s impact on so many lives. This moment w his daughter was DAYS ago. Life is fragile. https://t.co/o320MFdw14
Condolences to his wife and beautiful family. 🙏🏽
Spurs are observing a moment of silence for Kobe Bryant.
Kobe was obviously an incredible ambassador for the game of basketball, but he was also an amazing ambassador for being a dad. In his post career he was so present and invested in his daughters and I always found that so inspiring.
Thank you Kobe 😭🙏🏽 @ Brazil https://t.co/GVkqRHlGmH
The last image many have of Kobe is him sitting courtyard with Gigi, showing her off and taking photos of her with other celebrities. Just an awful day. https://t.co/64mL589gUN
I can’t imagine what Tim Duncan is going through after all those epic clashes with Kobe, All-Star Games, league functions, etc. Plus, the looming Hall of Fame induction.
The transition from the Kobe moment of silence at the AT&T Center to the announcement of starting lineups was surreal. Sort of can’t believe the NBA didn’t call this off.
Rest In Peace Kobe. Much respect to him and his family. 🙏🏽
Some seem Bigger than Life, but none are. RIP Kobe Bryant.
Rudy Gay just put his arm on DeMar DeRozan’s shoulder and patted him on the head before DeMar took the court. Tough, tough time for DeMar being an LA guy. I bet he’s grateful to have a good friend like Rudy next to him for this one.
#Spurs hold moment of silence for Kobe Bryant inside AT&T Center prior to tipoff of today’s game against #Raptors. Everyone is in a state of shock. #KSATsports #KSATnews #NBA https://t.co/HGrqvgCy0l
Raptors take a 24-second violation after winning the tip, in honor of No. 24. Entire arena applauds. “Kobe!” chants break out.
Spurs do it too. Now it’s a standing ovation. https://t.co/MJmE81yBHX
Raptors win tip, both teams let 24-second shot clock expire in honor of Kobe Bryant’s number.
In an obvious tribute to Kobe Bryant, Fred VanVleet opened the game by holding the ball after passing halfcourt for a 24-second violation. Dejounte Murray is now doing the same for the Spurs. All of this going on as the fans rise, applaud and chant Kobe.
Classy move by Raptors to let 24 seconds shot clock expire.
Respect for fans to cheer for Kobe as MVP.
Spurs return form.
The best thing NBA players can do today to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant is play their behinds off, as he did.
Spurs and Raptors both commit 24-second violations as the crowd chants “Kobe, Kobe, Kobe…”
Raptors and Spurs both took 24-second shot clock violations to start the game in honor of Kobe.
The arena couldn’t be more quieter while referee Kevin Culter holds the ball the ball in front of press row for 24 seconds before handing it to Marc Gasol to inbound.
Kobe’s influence transcends far beyond basketball; he inspired football players, soccer players, ballerinas…He embodied a confident attitude and competitive spirit that changed so many athletes, and thus all of sports. There is, and will be, no one like him.
First the Raptors and then the Spurs let the shot clock run out in honour of Kobe Bryant. Gasol needs a little more time to compose himself before he inbounds the ball to get the game going for real.
I’m so sad right now! Not Kobe and Gigi! This is so tragic! Tomorrow isn’t promised by any means! One of the many reasons why I kiss and hug my wife and kids everyday I’m home and before walking out the door. #RIPKobeBryant
#Spurs and #Raptors both allow 24-second shot clock to expire in honor of Kobe Bryant. The #Lakers legend wore No. 24 for part of his career with LA. Kobe’s No. 8 was also retired by the franchise. #KSATsports #KSATnews #NBA #RIPKobeBryant
No words. Praying for all. https://t.co/l0IdmG9WBy
Thoughts are with Kobe’s family in light of this tragic loss. His parents, Joe and Pam were close friends back in early Clipper years in San Diego. I held 1 year old Kobe on my lap in 1979. His life transended sport. It hardly seems real.
Fascinating and appropriate tribute to Kobe Bryant at the Raptors-Spurs game today. Each team began with a 24-second violation.
RIP KOBE BEAN 😥💙
The NBA has sent email to its employees confirming the tragic deaths of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, @TheAthletic @Stadium has been told.
An absolute honor.. Rest In Peace Mamba https://t.co/eU8duLXlvY
This was Kobe and his daughter Gigi last month in Brooklyn for Nets vs Hawks. Incredibly sad. https://t.co/tetBr9JO5G
If that’s what you took from what I wrote, you got it wrong. That you felt the need to attempt to make me feel even worse at a time like this, man, I can’t begin to imagine what would inspire that. Just do me a favor: unfollow me. Please. https://t.co/0xwQZv039g
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://t.co/dDcifl9hfD
I counseled scores of players on the days they played Kobe. No player demanded more focus, more prep, more attention, than he did. On both ends, for many years. And here is the scariest thing-he prepared just as hard for each matchup it seemed.
Alvin Gentry: “The minute we found out in the locker room, you could just tell. All the energy went completely out of the locker room.”
Interim Knicks coach Mike Miller made a statement about Kobe Bryant and didn’t take questions ahead of the Knicks game against the Nets: “He was not only a basketball icon, but a global icon and someone many in our locker room hold in high regard.”
Tragic tragic day, sending prayers to the Bryant family. Also praying for all the families involved. God Bless
Gentry said his memory of Kobe is from his last game in New Orleans, when he took time to sign every last piece of memorabilia, for everyone from coaches to ushers.
Praying for the Bryant family! Can’t imagine what they are going through now… Rest in Peace Kobe and Gigi… 💔💔💔
Coach Mike Miller says Knicks organization “is in mourning” over Kobe tragedy and adds “many in our locker room hold in high regard”. Hearing about tears in Knicks locker room. Again, NBA has closed locker room access pregame.
Alvin Gentry said he remembered Kobe staying in the locker room after his final game in New Orleans and signing every piece of memorabilia that came his way. “That’s the side of him people didn’t see.”
right in the heart 😭😭 https://t.co/6puYwn9kaP
The Blazers have announced that locker rooms will be closed before tipoff and there will be no pregame player availability for tonight’s game vs. the Pacers.
But the game will be played as scheduled.
RIP to Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and those involved in helicopter accident. Tragic. https://t.co/nsYXvfqgFE
Pelicans’ Alvin Gentry on the passing of Lakers’ Kobe Bryant: “The minute we found out, you could tell all the energy went out of the locker room… There’s basketball but there’s also life, and this is real life.” https://t.co/IvAGaSXHnX
“ I drop 40 on ya double , then I drop 81 on another team”
No words 🥺💔 #MambaForever #Legend https://t.co/Z4lmQR0lfo
💔💔💔 #RIPKOBE #RIPGIGI
Pelicans’ Alvin Gentry on memory of Lakers’ Kobe Bryant: “The last game he was here he stood right there in that locker room and signed every piece of memorabilia. That’s the side of him that people didn’t see. I took a picture with him because I really wanted to have that.” https://t.co/os8HSR0tcZ
Incredible, sad, poignant, powerful, overwhelming — all the feelings of this day wrapped into this moment https://t.co/lx2ZyZUW37
❤️🙏🏼… RIP to a legend https://t.co/4G3jvgbufb
This was the #Spurs tribute video to Kobe Bryant before his last game in San Antonio in 2016. Truly a respect and admiration from Tim, Tony, Manu and Coach Pop. The words at the end of the video from Pop make today’s news just that much more tragic. https://t.co/zAbD3K6OqU
Will never forget I got to share this moment with Kobe after his last game when he scored 60. RIP. 🙏🏿 https://t.co/gbx1Fs1wGS
For those of you asking about the status of Knicks Nets game tonight, we are respectfully proceeding here at the Garden, with tip at 6p. Mood is somber.
Man its gonna be hard tonight
Goes well beyond basketball. https://t.co/vF9SJXdn5J
Can we change the logo?
Words can’t express the emotions behind this. I pray for comfort and strength of the families affected by this tragedy. #RIPKobe
Brad Stevens,fighting back tears, on Kobe: “My favorite part had been watching him transition to a dad and a coach.”
Rest In Peace Kobe. A true legend. Thoughts and prayers to his loved ones. #kobebryant https://t.co/xaWlHidumQ
Mannnn 💔 Life I tell you 👎🏽 https://t.co/rvOtMCYAfY
The @TheNBPA released the following on the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant. https://t.co/7cEo5HVtGc
Celtics’ Brad Stevens on Lakers’ Kobe Bryant: “One of the guys who broke the hearts of the Celtics more than anyone who has played. In his last year, our guys were all sneaking around getting his shoes signed. I know a lot of our staff did too. It’s so sad.” https://t.co/thoqvTclLP
Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, holding back tears, makes a statement on Kobe Bryant: “As an organization we are devastated, our players are devastated… it is just a tough time for the NBA and for all of us. That’s really all I have to say.”
ALL NBA teams should retire the numbers 8 AND 24
Kyrie Irving is out for personal reasons. Should be noted he was very close with Kobe. #nets #knicks #nba
Change the logo.
Nets’ Kyrie Irving will miss Sunday’s game against New York due to personal reasons. Irving and Kobe Bryant shared a close friendship.
Doc Rivers, fighting back tears in his pregame press conference: “I’m just really, really sad.”
Celtics’ Brad Stevens on Lakers’ Kobe Bryant: “Most of the guys in this league, the way I’d describe it… Kobe is their Jordan. We won’t say anything about the game [tonight], we’ll just talk about why the game matters.” https://t.co/ad5QdrqLyc
You were one of the biggest influences on me and so many others. From your hard work, to your swag, your mindset made you BIGGER than basketball. Unbelievable loss. My condolences to you and your beautiful family.
Brad Stevens on Kobe Bryant’s passing:
“Most of the guys in the league, the way that I describe it being a 43-year-old is, Kobe is their Jordan. So we’re not going to say anything about the game, we’ll just talk about why the game matters.”
At L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles. People are putting flower against a fence that faces Staples Center, but many are wandering or just standing still looking up at the screens. https://t.co/B9l5GdJk2x
Kyrie Irving (personal reasons) will not play in Sunday’s against the Knicks, the team said. As part of Atkinson’s pregame statement, the coach mentioned Irving and Kobe Bryant were extremely close and the team’s thoughts are with Irving as well.
The scene at Lower Merion. https://t.co/X04gBLaD3n
Celtics’ Brad Stevens on Lakers’ Kobe Bryant: “His dad recruited my best friend in high school. Kobe was playing open gym. My best friend came back and said, ‘I just played with the best 16-year-old I ever saw.’ He was right.” https://t.co/HjS6CLNIOx
The Lakers are going to land in Los Angeles soon, and found out about Kobe Bryant’s death during their flight back from Philadelphia. They were and are devastated and in shock.
#Rockets Assistant Coach Brett Gunning: “A lot of our guys had a great relationship with Kobe. I don’t even know how they’re doing it. Obviously we have a game to be played and they’re doing a heck of a job.” https://t.co/mN0ez8DMA3
prayers to his family 🙏🏿 #ripKobe
PLEASE @NBA RETIRED 24! LEAGUE WIDE!!
Brad: “Super sad. Ultimate competitor, great for the game, loved the game. My favorite part has been watching him transition as a dad to a coach and those type of things. So, really hard.” https://t.co/6jKqRCoJjw
Just an incredibly difficult day. Processing the shock of losing Kobe Bryant while trying to do an NBA game. Surreal, numb…. Another reminder that tomorrow isn’t promised. Tell those you love that you love them.
🌹💔 #RIPMAMBAS https://t.co/5DbQ4jhdMj
“KO-BE! KO-BE!” chant breaks out. https://t.co/c7n21Gi3ps
Monty Williams gave this statement during his pregame availability: “Obviously, today is a really tough day for a lot of people, and basketball is not really that important. On behalf of the league and the Suns and our players, our thoughts and prayers are with Kobe’s family…
Doc on Kobe: “He means a lot to me, obviously. He was such a great opponent. It’s what you want in sports. He had that DNA that very few athletes can ever have — the Tiger Woods’ and the Michael Jordan’s.”
The @NBA needs a new logo #24
Doc: “Looking at my young players and seeing how emotional they are. They didn’t even know [Kobe] and it just tells you how far his reach was.”
Words are tough to find right now. Truly heart broken and praying for each family involved. It was an honor to compete against you. https://t.co/aYF5UNlZzy
Proudest moment in my career. RIP https://t.co/JdcroSSwH0
Kobe you were more than basketball. You were the greatest gladiator I have ever seen. Greatness personified. So much more knowledge to give. But enough to last me this lifetime. ❤️ Love
This isn’t right……..
Doc: “This is a great loss for the league. I thought he had so much more left to do. And he was starting to do it. I’ve never seen him happier.”
#Wizards Coach Scott Brooks on Kobe Bryant.
“It’s a tough day for everybody. He’s obviously one of the great sport legends of any sport. I pray for his family, his friends and all the fans across the world. It’s tough.”
I don’t know what DeRozan said to earn a technical there, but I’d cut him a break today. All players, really.
And to think I have a baby boy coming soon…. I can’t imagine man
This news today was gut wrenching. @kobebryant you were our Jordan of our generation. Thank you for the memories and for all that you instilled in today’s game. R.I.P. To you and everyone else involved today. Prayers to your wife and your family and kids.. #MambaForever
Doc “There’s times you should feel — you just feel sad, and this is one of them. And you know you have to get through it, we will, we all will. We all have to be strong. We laughed and joked about the Mamba Mentality, we’re all going to need it right now.”
6-6 212 SG Los Angeles Lakers
Utah Jazz @ Los Angeles Lakers (4/13/16)
60 PTS 4 REB 4 AST https://t.co/xO6dL65qkB
Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi Raji’un @kobebryant
Kyrie Irving was close with Kobe Bryant and will not play today against the Knicks. He arrived at MSG but left.
Doc: “I think everybody right now is a Laker fan. We’re all Lakers today. You feel for that community. For Jeanie [Buss] and everyone else.”
I always will remember Kobe’s last game in Milwaukee came the night of Giannis’ first triple-double in February 2016. Former Bucks coach Jason Kidd made sure Giannis got some private time with Kobe after the game at the Bradley Center. https://t.co/iHjcxJo3ww
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://t.co/fNlmHuTBHt
very few people actually transcend the word “iconic” and you are one of them. you will be missed #8 #24 https://t.co/SJnjF71EF8
#RIPKOBEBEANBRYANT ❤️🐐 https://t.co/tVUTY9bW50
I was thrown in the fire since day one of my rookie year. Toughest task of my career. Learned a lot. Thanks for what you instilled in me the drive, toughness the will to compete every possession. These times will never be forgotten Thanks #MambaForever #RIPMAMBA https://t.co/JfJcybElkI
It’s just so hard to comprehend the sudden death of Kobe Bryant. I just talked to him less than a month ago when the @dallasmavs were in Los Angeles. He was a great young man. Please pray for his family. RIP
I’m hurt 😞
Whatever it was you did, football, basketball, soccer, acting, whatever. Kobe inspired you to be better…
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver: https://t.co/PQKKVQQ04O
NBA commissioner Adam Silver statement on sudden death of Kobe Bryant. https://t.co/5sHiu1sHEo
Kevin Knox has a 17-year-old brother named after Kobe Bryant. He was an idol to a lot of these players.
Statement from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on the death of Kobe Bryant: https://t.co/7vNEeLW71z
Statement from NBA commissioner Adam Silver: https://t.co/Nm4tHiPdKK
Statement from Nike (1/2):
“Along with millions of athletes and fans throughout the world, we are devastated by today’s tragic news.
We extend our deepest sympathies to those closest to Kobe, especially his family and friends…” https://t.co/AoTgkK36Pf
NBA commissioner Adam Silver released this statement. “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.” https://t.co/7uVPwEIN3j
MSG ceiling is lit up in purple and gold https://t.co/qDgP4oaIDO
Garden’s exterior being lit up in purple and gold to honor Kobe Bryant.
Boston Celtics release statement on death of Kobe Bryant: “There are no words that can convey the heartbreak the entire Celtics organization feels … “ https://t.co/xSVb2xJ3sh
How many of us have wanted to be Kobe Bryant the basketball player, the son, the father? I hope we are able to celebrate so much accomplishment during a life that was cut off too short & try to emulate his best qualities, including that contagious smile. #RIPMamba https://t.co/3bHsgyzKTv
There were nine people aboard the helicopter, the pilot and eight passengers, according to a live press conference on CBSN
The inside and outside of Madison Square Garden are lit in purple and gold in honor of Kobe Bryant. https://t.co/8jFH2sQ0sQ