NBA Twitter the day Kobe Bryant died

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).

Donovan Mitchell @spidadmitchell14:34:06 ET

Please God don’t let this be real!!

Tristan Thompson @RealTristan1314:34:23 ET

I hope this isn’t true man!!! Not Kobe

Tobias Harris @tobias3114:34:29 ET

Wow!!! 🤬🤬🤬 no no no!!

Andrew Harrison @DrewRoc514:35:27 ET

Can’t be real

Jalen Brunson @jalenbrunson114:35:43 ET

Please tell me this kobe news is fake please 😓😓😓😓😓😓😓

Tyus Jones @1Tyus14:35:57 ET

No way

Marvin Bagley @MB3FIVE14:36:28 ET

There’s no way🤦🏽‍♂️💔

Richaun Holmes @Rich_Holmes2214:36:30 ET

No way

Luka Doncic @luka7doncic14:36:44 ET


Kevin Love @kevinlove14:36:53 ET

Please no. Please god no. It can’t be true.

Darius Miller @DmillerKY14:36:58 ET

This Kobe news can’t be real bruh

Emiliano Carchia @Carchia14:37:10 ET

Kobe Bryant Has Died In A Helicopter Crash according to TMZ

Andrew Harrison @DrewRoc514:37:23 ET

Think ima really throw up

Larry Nance Jr @Larrydn2214:37:35 ET


Alexis Morgan @alexismorgan14:37:43 ET

please please please

DJ Wilson @Lanky_Smoove14:37:44 ET

bro nahh ain’t no way…

Serena Winters @SerenaWinters14:37:55 ET

No way. I have no words. No words. Please tell me this isn’t true.

CJ McCollum @CJMcCollum14:38:21 ET

Please don’t tell me this is true . Not Kobe

Vincent Poirier @viinze_17P14:38:39 ET

No way ?!?! 😱

Alexis Morgan @alexismorgan14:38:54 ET

please let this not be true

Jordan Schultz @Schultz_Report14:38:58 ET

This cannot be true. It just can’t. Kobe cannot be dead, not like this and not this soon.

Tyler Herro @raf_tyler14:39:15 ET


Willy Hernangomez @willyhg9414:39:18 ET

Noooo…….. 🙏🏽

Immanuel Quickley @IQ_GodSon14:39:26 ET

Not Kobe….😢

Buddy Hield @buddyhield14:40:25 ET

This Shit Hit Different right now….

Jordan McRae @JordyMac5214:40:34 ET

Plz tell me that’s not true

Spencer Dinwiddie @SDinwiddie_2514:40:47 ET


Vince Edwards @VE_1214:40:49 ET

Every hooper around the world is hurting right now. Whether you played pro or, not! This one hurts to the core to hear 💔

Ja Morant @JaMorant14:41:08 ET

🥺 no way

Juan Toscano-Anderson @juanonjuan1014:41:11 ET

Naaaaaaah. Not 24

PJ Washington @PJWashington14:42:05 ET

Not Kobe

Damian Lillard @Dame_Lillard14:42:23 ET


Willy Hernangomez @willyhg9414:42:24 ET

……. 😭

Zach LaVine @ZachLaVine14:42:43 ET

I’m shook….. idk what to think right now

Gary Clark @Gary11_Clark14:42:49 ET

Can’t be

Brandon Goodwin @goodysav14:42:50 ET

That’s not real bro

Alykhan Bijani @Rockets_Insider14:43:16 ET

No…I’m at a loss for words. This is the absolute worst feeling

Devon Dotson @d_dotson114:43:37 ET

Plz plz plz no

Luka Doncic @luka7doncic14:43:50 ET

this can’t be trueee!!🙏🙏🙏

Paul George @Yg_Trece14:44:03 ET

Quit playing

Anfernee Simons @AnferneeSimons14:44:22 ET


Evan Turner @thekidet14:44:26 ET

This shit can’t be real

Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN14:44:39 ET

This is the crash that reportedly included Kobe Bryant.

Jusuf Nurkic @bosnianbeast2714:44:41 ET

can’t be true NO😱 🤮🤮Kobe 💔💔

Juan Hernangomez @juanchiviris4114:44:45 ET

..No 🥺.. kobe tu no.. decirme que es mentira!!

Immanuel Quickley @IQ_GodSon14:44:53 ET

Dag tomorrow really not promised to nobody….

Thon Maker @ThonMaker1414:45:14 ET


Kevin Knox @KevKnox14:45:34 ET

RIP 8/24🧡🕊😔

Cedi Osman @cediosman14:45:39 ET

Please say its not true, please say its fake news! 😢

Jerome Robinson @Rome_Coldbucks114:45:51 ET

Nah bro..

Jaren Jackson Jr. @jarenjacksonjr14:46:06 ET

Oh my god… plz no

Mike Conley @MCONLEY1014:46:22 ET

Man no!

Trey Lyles @TreyLyles14:46:33 ET

Hell nah hell nah! Not Kobe!

Devon Dotson @d_dotson114:47:05 ET

This cannot be real.. no way no way

Trae Young @TheTraeYoung14:47:08 ET

This can’t be real…. 💔

Jalen Brunson @jalenbrunson114:47:20 ET

There’s no way man

Jerome Robinson @Rome_Coldbucks114:47:39 ET


Michael Cooper @ShowtimeCooper14:47:42 ET

One of the greatest players of all time has passed away today 😔

Robert Williams @rob_williamsIII14:47:45 ET

I refuse to 💔

Andre Drummond @AndreDrummond14:47:47 ET

This can’t be true …….

Jamal Murray @BeMore2714:47:52 ET


Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee14:48:11 ET

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirms 5 dead in Calabasas helicopter crash. Lakers legend Kobe Bryant was one of them, according to TMZ.

Evan Fournier @EvanFourmizz14:48:34 ET

Nah man this cant be true

Tyus Jones @1Tyus14:48:34 ET

My heart hurts… this can’t be true

Salah Mejri @50Mejri14:48:40 ET

No way!!

Eddie Sefko @ESefko14:49:28 ET

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.

Rudy Gobert @rudygobert2714:49:41 ET

Can’t be real

Paul Pierce @paulpierce3414:50:03 ET


Goran Dragic @Goran_Dragic14:50:03 ET

OMG 😱 😢

Dwyane Wade @DwyaneWade14:50:04 ET

Nooooooooooo God please No!

Kevin Huerter @KevinHuerter14:50:07 ET

No way. Just no way….

PJ Washington @PJWashington14:50:38 ET


Grant Williams @Grant2Will14:50:39 ET

Lord tell me it’s not true plz plz plz tell me it’s fake.

Paul Pierce @paulpierce3414:50:45 ET

This is not real right now

Tyler Herro @raf_tyler14:50:51 ET

Not 8 😞😞🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

Pat Connaughton @pconnaughton14:50:56 ET


Brandon Clarke @brandonclarke2314:51:02 ET

There is just no way man

Chris Broussard @Chris_Broussard14:51:26 ET

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.

Devonte Graham @Devonte4Graham14:51:30 ET

Speechless 😔😔💔🕊

Nicolas Batum @nicolas88batum14:51:39 ET

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

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn14:51:42 ET

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.

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn14:51:47 ET

Kobe Bryant is among those dead in a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles, a source confirms to ESPN.

Shabazz Muhammad @ShabazzMuhammad14:52:03 ET

I’m sick 💔

Talen Horton-Tucker @Thortontucker14:52:13 ET

Nah man🤦🏽‍♂️🤦🏽‍♂️🤦🏽‍♂️🤦🏽‍♂️

Andrew Harrison @DrewRoc514:52:23 ET

Not bean man

Jayson Tatum @jaytatum014:52:55 ET

Nooooooo cmon someone say it ain’t true… I’m sick to my stomach right now

Vince Carter @mrvincecarter1514:53:00 ET

🙏🏽🤦🏽‍♂️ RIP to a legend smh

Trae Young @TheTraeYoung14:53:04 ET

This is the Biggest example that life isn’t promised to anybody…sad day😢
Prayers Up🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes14:53:06 ET

Can confirm legend Kobe Bryant has been tragically killed in an helicopter accident, sources told Yahoo Sports.

Troy Brown @Troy_Brown3314:53:48 ET

Not Kobe man…

Bam Adebayo @Bam1of114:53:56 ET

Nah This Not Funny.

Nassir Little @2ez_nassie14:54:22 ET

This one hurts 😪 RIP Kobe

Brice Johnson @bjohnson_2314:54:22 ET

No no no… omg no please not be true 😭

Frank Isola @TheFrankIsola14:54:32 ET

Devastated for all those families. Last time I spoke with Kobe he was excited about the next chapter in his life with his girls.

Josh Richardson @J_Rich114:54:46 ET

Nahh this can’t be real man.. 😓

Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA14:55:09 ET

Gutted. Devastated for the families involved. Staring at my screen trying to comprehend this.

David Hardisty @clutchfans14:55:14 ET

This is so shocking… I’m just stunned by this news. Truly an amazing competitor. #RIP

Sindarius Thornwell @Sin_City_80314:55:17 ET

I’m in tears dawg fr 😢

StatMuse @statmuse14:55:36 ET

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

Bill Reiter @sportsreiter14:55:40 ET

Can also confirm Kobe Bryant has died. RIP

Erik Horne @ErikkHorne14:55:41 ET

Unreal … Prayers to the Bryant family. To the world.

Tyler Herro @raf_tyler14:55:48 ET

Every team has to retire 24

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh14:55:55 ET

Kobe Bryant is the closest thing to religion in the NBA. Can’t believe it. Hands shaking as I type this

Tomas Satoransky @satoransky14:56:03 ET


Josh Hart @joshhart14:56:17 ET

Rip to a legend man… #Mamba

Matt Babcock @MattBabcock1114:56:25 ET

Rest In Peace 🙏

RJ Marquez @KSATRJ14:56:37 ET

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

Jorge Sierra @hoopshype14:56:39 ET

So awful.

Thaddeus Young @yungsmoove2114:56:46 ET

No not Kobe… this is unreal…

Bradley Beal @RealDealBeal2314:56:58 ET

God, we ALL need you!

Abby Chin @tvabby14:57:08 ET

Heartbreaking. I still can’t believe it.

Malik Monk @AhmadMonk14:57:24 ET


Ivica Zubac @ivicazubac14:57:33 ET

This can’t be true…

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk @Sviat_1014:57:50 ET

Don’t even know what to say 😢😢😭😭

Ja Morant @JaMorant14:58:33 ET

this one hurt …

Daniel Gafford @Dan_G3314:58:51 ET

Ain’t no way bro. 😢

Zach LaVine @ZachLaVine14:58:55 ET

More then just basketball man he has 4 daughters… life is crazy. Thoughts and prayers to his family.

Tyus Jones @1Tyus14:58:58 ET

Pray for his family

John Wall @JohnWall14:59:22 ET


Markieff Morris @Keefmorris14:59:28 ET

Rip Bean! This shit can’t be real!

Luka Doncic @luka7doncic14:59:56 ET


Jusuf Nurkic @bosnianbeast2714:59:59 ET

Woj u so wrong for tweeting this… this is so so sad 😞 man… 💔#icantbelive #kobe4ever

Harry Giles @HGiiizzle15:00:10 ET

Wowww! So unexpected … can’t even process it … just wow

Bismack Biyombo @bismackbiyombo15:00:17 ET

Sad day for the basketball world!!

Manu Ginobili @manuginobili15:00:18 ET


Brandon Goodwin @goodysav15:00:18 ET

Never had the chance to meet Kobe but this one hits like it’s one of my own. bless his family man.

Rudy Gobert @rudygobert2715:00:39 ET

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.

Trae Young @TheTraeYoung15:00:46 ET

All the Lessons
All the Advice
Every word you ever told me…
Will stick with me forever
Thank You Kobe🙏🏽❤️

Alize Johnson @AlizeJohnson15:00:55 ET

Can’t believe this never got to meet you💔 I wear this 24 on my back because of you! I’m Sick!

Gary Clark @Gary11_Clark15:01:10 ET

Life is so short…

Jamal Crawford @JCrossover15:01:31 ET

No fucking way… no way, no way…….. No way……… No way……no way…… I love you Kobe…

Joe Vardon @joevardon15:01:36 ET

Kobe ‘Bean’ Bryant, dead at 41

Brian Seltzer @brianseltzer15:01:57 ET

Dry mouth. Pit in stomach. Wobbly knees. Hollow scrolling for about 20 minutes hoping the news will change. So sad.

Jorge Sierra @hoopshype15:02:05 ET

Brutal. Just brutal.

Grant Williams @Grant2Will15:02:28 ET

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…

Talen Horton-Tucker @Thortontucker15:03:19 ET

I’ve never heard anything sound so unreal to me before. Hurts my heart😪

RJ Hampton @RjHampton1415:03:30 ET

Nah I didn’t just wake up to this .

Tim Cato @tim_cato15:03:50 ET

it feels like the only thing i can do right now is keep refreshing twitter

Nick DePaula @NickDePaula15:04:04 ET

Mamba 4 Life. 🐍🙏🏼

Kira Lewis @kiralewisjr15:04:41 ET

This one hurt right here, RIP To The Mamba🐍!

Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman15:04:48 ET

Regarding reported death of Kobe Bryant, Knicks-Nets will be tough to play tonight. Julius Randle former teammate.

Sam Amick @sam_amick15:05:02 ET

Stunned. Saddened. RIP, Kobe…

Jeremy Woo @JeremyWoo15:05:16 ET

Cancel the games today man

Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan15:05:27 ET

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.

Kayte Christensen @kayte_c15:05:37 ET

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

Gary Trent Jr. @gtrentjr15:05:40 ET

There’s no way 🥺🐐

Jarrett Culver @jarrettc0815:06:04 ET

This one hurt! RIP legend ! Thank you for your legacy 🙏🏽 #kobe

Daniel Gafford @Dan_G3315:06:23 ET

😭😭😭😭 naw man. No way.

Derrick Jones Jr. @TheRea1DJones15:06:43 ET

I hope this isn’t true please don’t be true🙏🏾🙏🏾

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater15:07:00 ET

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.

Cody Zeller @CodyZeller15:07:07 ET

Can’t believe this Kobe news! Life is so fragile!

Thaddeus Young @yungsmoove2115:07:12 ET

This is devastating to not just his family but the world. My condolences to his family and loved ones. #ripkobe

Josh Richardson @J_Rich115:07:20 ET

The world is sick right now. #24

Ja Morant @JaMorant15:08:08 ET

not my guy 😔

Donatas Urbonas @Urbodo15:08:41 ET

It feels like I’ve just lost a family member. This is how important he was for a game of basketball. RIP, Kobe #mambaout

Ja Morant @JaMorant15:09:11 ET


Jim Paschke @Paschketball15:10:13 ET

No words. The news took my breath away. RIP Kobe.

Brice Johnson @bjohnson_2315:10:39 ET

Im really trying to hold back the tears right now. This hurts a lot. Like a whole lot. 😭

Goran Dragic @Goran_Dragic15:11:52 ET

Peace and power to the Bryant family, and basketball lovers around the world. R.I.P @kobebryant 😢 #MambaMentality

Bam Adebayo @Bam1of115:12:32 ET

NBA Soul Hurting 💔 #8 #24

Drew Shiller @DrewShiller15:13:58 ET

Every game today needs to be canceled immediately. Life sucks. I’m sick

StatMuse @statmuse15:14:03 ET

Kobe Bryant
Mamba, Vino, Laker, Legend

Jorge Sierra @hoopshype15:14:16 ET

His final tweet. Feels like a punch in the stomach.

Jordan Schultz @Schultz_Report15:14:26 ET

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.

Trae Young @TheTraeYoung15:14:35 ET

The Daughters Too?!? This can’t be real…

Joel Embiid @JoelEmbiid15:15:04 ET

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!!!!

TJ Warren @TonyWarrenJr15:15:28 ET

Unbelievable man

Eric Paschall @epaschall15:16:07 ET

This hurts! Smh RIP 24

RJ Hampton @RjHampton1415:17:22 ET

Not his kids fam..

Jamal Crawford @JCrossover15:18:06 ET

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

Donovan Mitchell @spidadmitchell15:18:35 ET


Erik Horne @ErikkHorne15:19:20 ET

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.

Bill Reiter @sportsreiter15:19:21 ET

Hug the people you love. Enjoy the life you have while you have it.

Bill Simmons @BillSimmons15:19:43 ET

Can’t believe it… Twitter is the wrong forum for days like this but man…

Talen Horton-Tucker @Thortontucker15:20:10 ET

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn15:20:41 ET

Spurs struggling to come to grips with the devastating news about Kobe Bryant.

Barbara Barker @meanbarb15:20:54 ET

Kobe Bryant is dead. This was his last tweet yesterday. Game has lost a great one. So, so sad.

Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA15:21:52 ET

NBA Legend Kobe Bryant has passed away at the age of 41.

Jorge Sierra @hoopshype15:22:02 ET

Hats off to the guys playing today.
Hard to imagine anything that would bring more collective pain to the NBA family than this.

Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto15:23:17 ET

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 🙏🏼

Vince Edwards @VE_1215:24:11 ET

I don’t know who needs to hear it but ,tell that person how you feel! Tell them you love em 🖤

Tim Hardaway Jr @T_HardJR15:25:29 ET

RIP to an ICON!!!🙏🏾 Just devastating

Jorge Sierra @hoopshype15:25:37 ET

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.

Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson15:25:52 ET

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.

Jamal Murray @BeMore2715:27:41 ET

Was his family on the plane? I’m hearin all different types of stuff rightnow

LaMelo Ball @MELOD1P15:27:43 ET

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

Andrew Harrison @DrewRoc515:27:48 ET

That’s Bean man

Eric Paschall @epaschall15:28:00 ET

Prayers up 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

Tas Melas @TasMelas15:28:01 ET


Alysha Tsuji @AlyshaTsuji15:28:37 ET

Heartbreaking that this was last night.

Erik Horne @ErikkHorne15:28:51 ET

Kobe Bryant’s final playoff game was March 21, 2012, in Oklahoma City.

Jaylen Barford @Jbarford115:29:19 ET

Wake up everyday with a smile on your face. Never know when our time is coming. Real shit. Live life to the fullest. 🖤

Alykhan Bijani @Rockets_Insider15:29:38 ET

A very emotional Austin Rivers was just shown on NBATV. Absolutely gut-wrenching league-wide.

Jalen Brunson @jalenbrunson115:30:20 ET

I pray the other passengers were not family 🙏🏽

Tristan Thompson @RealTristan1315:31:39 ET

RIP KOBE 😥😥😥 I can’t believe this is true. I’m at a loss for words 😥

Chris Vernon @ChrisVernonShow15:31:59 ET

dropped phone out of my hand when picked it up and saw this. just cannot believe it. how insanely sad. 😢

Ja Morant @JaMorant15:32:04 ET

you wit me tonight my guy 🥺
24 🐍 x 12 😴 @kobebryant

Molly McGrath @MollyAMcGrath15:33:12 ET

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.

Robert Covington @Holla_At_Rob3315:34:43 ET

This can’t be real 😭. We lost a legend The only time I got to go against you in my career. Thank you mamba

Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar15:34:50 ET

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.

Langston Galloway @LangGalloway1015:34:57 ET

Mannnnnn I’m sick right now. Cant believe what I’m hearing. Losing a ICON like this is tough. Kobe RIP

Jimmer Fredette @jimmerfredette15:35:05 ET

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

Kendra Andrews @kendra__andrews15:35:14 ET

Pepsi Center holding a moment of silence for Bryant. A few fans chanting “Kobe!” This still doesn’t feel real

Chris Herrington @ChrisHerrington15:35:31 ET

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.

Alykhan Bijani @Rockets_Insider15:36:19 ET

The Nuggets observe a moment of silence prior to the #Rockets game.

Jamal Murray @BeMore2715:37:05 ET

I’m trying to process but I just can’t man💔

Bismack Biyombo @bismackbiyombo15:38:05 ET

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 😢😥😔

Chris Dempsey @chrisadempsey15:38:08 ET

The Pepsi Center broke into chants of “Kobe, Kobe!” after the moment of silence in memory of his life..

RJ Hampton @RjHampton1415:40:58 ET

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.💔

Erik Horne @ErikkHorne15:41:25 ET

And regular-season road game. One of my favorite stories I’ve ever done was talking to fans who were flocking to OKC for that game:

Drew Shiller @DrewShiller15:42:09 ET

Oh my goodness

Jorge Sierra @hoopshype15:43:04 ET

Daniel Theis @dtheis1015:43:39 ET

RIP Kobe Bryant 🙏🏼

Jared Dudley @JaredDudley61915:43:44 ET

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..

JaVale McGee @JaValeMcGee15:44:37 ET

Rest in peace KOBE!

Luka Doncic @luka7doncic15:44:46 ET

please NO

Drew Shiller @DrewShiller15:45:55 ET

Fu*k everything

Eric Paschall @epaschall15:46:40 ET


Alykhan Bijani @Rockets_Insider15:47:45 ET

Tyson Chandler clearly heartbroken. Not sure how these players are able to focus on the game. #Rockets

David ‘Dubi’ Pick @IAmDPick15:47:49 ET

I’m numb and in tears. All I know about being relentless and never to give up, I learned it all from you, Kobe.

Kayte Christensen @kayte_c15:48:53 ET

TMZ reporting that “reps for Kobe” have confirmed his 13 year old daughter GiGi was on board the helicopter 😔🙏🏼

Tristan Thompson @RealTristan1315:49:38 ET

NOOOO MAN!!!! Not his daughter 😥 i’m sick to my stomach.

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn15:50:32 ET

There are no signs at all the game will be cancelled. Everything is proceeded as normal.

Jalen Smith @thejalen_smith15:50:35 ET

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

Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN15:50:38 ET

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.

Serena Winters @SerenaWinters15:51:17 ET

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

Jake Layman @JLayman1015:52:05 ET

Still in shock, thank you for everything you did for the game and so many others #RIPMAMBA 🙏🏼

Evan Turner @thekidet15:52:47 ET

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…

Andre Drummond @AndreDrummond15:52:55 ET

Rip @kobebryant 😔 doesn’t feel real…. my heart goes out to his family and loved ones 🦋

Cedi Osman @cediosman15:53:11 ET

No words. Rest in peace #KobeBryant

Ric Bucher @RicBucher15:53:14 ET

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

Draymond Green @Money23Green15:53:20 ET


Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP15:54:08 ET

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.

Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes15:55:10 ET

This is truly beyond devastating. Praying for Vanessa and the family. Such a massive loss we’re all suffering through.

Karl-Anthony Towns @KarlTowns15:55:48 ET

I’m numb.

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP15:56:39 ET

My wife spent this time with Kobe two months ago.

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn15:56:44 ET

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.

Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN15:57:13 ET

UPDATE: DeMar came out to the court following both national anthems. He is on the floor presently.

A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely15:57:21 ET

No matter how many reports I’ve seen and read confirming this … it just doesn’t seem real. Sad, sad day in the #NBA.

Steve Kyler @stevekylerNBA15:58:03 ET

The tragedy of this is unbelievable.

Dylan Windler @Dylan_Windler2315:58:14 ET


Candace Buckner @CandaceDBuckner15:58:47 ET

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:

Juan Toscano-Anderson @juanonjuan1015:59:00 ET

My 🐐 on & off the floor.

Ian Clark @IanClark15:59:06 ET

I started because of you…. thank you Kobe. 🙏🏾

Pau Gasol @paugasol16:00:29 ET

Beyond devastated… my big brother… I can’t, I just can’t believe it

Kayte Christensen @kayte_c16:00:39 ET

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

Luka Doncic @luka7doncic16:01:12 ET

🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏 this is so sad! RIP💔💔💔

Jae Crowder @CJC9BOSS16:01:35 ET


Trae Young @TheTraeYoung16:01:36 ET

…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❤️

Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA16:02:19 ET

I have nothing.

Kevin Porter @Kevinporterjr16:02:36 ET

GG 💔 lil mamba

PJ Washington @PJWashington16:02:38 ET


Rebecca Haarlow @RebeccaHaarlow16:03:38 ET

Heart is absolutely broken for Kobe Bryant’s family. Hug your loved ones today. #RIPkobe 💔

Tina Cervasio @TinaCervasio16:03:44 ET

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.

JaVale McGee @JaValeMcGee16:04:14 ET

Condolences to his wife and beautiful family. 🙏🏽

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn16:05:43 ET

Spurs are observing a moment of silence for Kobe Bryant.

Royce Young @royceyoung16:06:34 ET

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.

Bruno Caboclo @Bruno_Caboclo16:08:11 ET

Thank you Kobe 😭🙏🏽 @ Brazil

Tania Ganguli @taniaganguli16:08:12 ET

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.

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn16:08:13 ET

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.

Mike Finger @mikefinger16:08:29 ET

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.

Frank Mason @FrankMason016:09:02 ET

Rest In Peace Kobe. Much respect to him and his family. 🙏🏽

Ralph Lawler @Ohmeomy16:09:08 ET

Some seem Bigger than Life, but none are. RIP Kobe Bryant.

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn16:10:15 ET

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.

RJ Marquez @KSATRJ16:10:35 ET

#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

Jalen Brunson @jalenbrunson116:11:00 ET


Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN16:11:24 ET

Raptors take a 24-second violation after winning the tip, in honor of No. 24. Entire arena applauds. “Kobe!” chants break out.

Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN16:11:47 ET

Spurs do it too. Now it’s a standing ovation.

Mike Finger @mikefinger16:11:55 ET

Raptors win tip, both teams let 24-second shot clock expire in honor of Kobe Bryant’s number.

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn16:11:59 ET

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.

Ryan McNeill @ryanmcneill16:12:34 ET

Classy move by Raptors to let 24 seconds shot clock expire.
Respect for fans to cheer for Kobe as MVP.
Spurs return form.

Mark Montieth @MarkMontieth16:12:48 ET

The best thing NBA players can do today to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant is play their behinds off, as he did.

Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan16:13:08 ET

Spurs and Raptors both commit 24-second violations as the crowd chants “Kobe, Kobe, Kobe…”

Tom Lorenzo @TomLorenzo16:13:20 ET

Raptors and Spurs both took 24-second shot clock violations to start the game in honor of Kobe.

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn16:13:25 ET

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.

Molly McGrath @MollyAMcGrath16:13:44 ET

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.

Mike Ganter @Mike_Ganter16:13:57 ET

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.

Romeo Langford @yeahyeah2216:14:09 ET


Thaddeus Young @yungsmoove2116:14:26 ET

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

RJ Marquez @KSATRJ16:15:11 ET

#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

Molly French @MollySullivanTV16:15:46 ET

No words. Praying for all.

Ralph Lawler @Ohmeomy16:15:53 ET

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.

Mark Montieth @MarkMontieth16:15:55 ET

Fascinating and appropriate tribute to Kobe Bryant at the Raptors-Spurs game today. Each team began with a 24-second violation.

Jawun Evans @j3vans1_16:16:20 ET


Shams Charania @ShamsCharania16:17:58 ET

The NBA has sent email to its employees confirming the tragic deaths of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, @TheAthletic @Stadium has been told.

Larry Nance Jr @Larrydn2216:18:05 ET

An absolute honor.. Rest In Peace Mamba

Frank Isola @TheFrankIsola16:18:46 ET

This was Kobe and his daughter Gigi last month in Brooklyn for Nets vs Hawks. Incredibly sad.

Ric Bucher @RicBucher16:19:57 ET

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.

Bogdan Bogdanovic @LeaderOfHorde16:21:46 ET

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

David Thorpe @coachthorpe16:22:00 ET

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.

Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach16:22:18 ET

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.”

Malika Andrews @malika_andrews16:22:48 ET

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.”

Wayne Selden @WayneSeldenJr16:23:06 ET

Tragic tragic day, sending prayers to the Bryant family. Also praying for all the families involved. God Bless

Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach16:23:26 ET

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.

Nikola Vucevic @NikolaVucevic16:23:53 ET

Praying for the Bryant family! Can’t imagine what they are going through now… Rest in Peace Kobe and Gigi… 💔💔💔

Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman16:24:14 ET

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.

Christian Clark @cclark300016:24:41 ET

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.”

Chris Vernon @ChrisVernonShow16:25:27 ET

right in the heart 😭😭

Joe Freeman @BlazerFreeman16:25:44 ET

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.

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania16:26:43 ET

RIP to Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and those involved in helicopter accident. Tragic.

Ben Golliver @BenGolliver16:26:56 ET

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.”

RJ Hampton @RjHampton1416:28:23 ET

“ I drop 40 on ya double , then I drop 81 on another team”

Jorge Sierra @hoopshype16:29:19 ET

Jusuf Nurkic @bosnianbeast2716:29:45 ET

No words 🥺💔 #MambaForever #Legend

Willy Hernangomez @willyhg9416:29:51 ET


Ben Golliver @BenGolliver16:30:09 ET

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.”

Bill Reiter @sportsreiter16:30:11 ET

Incredible, sad, poignant, powerful, overwhelming — all the feelings of this day wrapped into this moment

Pat Connaughton @pconnaughton16:30:17 ET

❤️🙏🏼… RIP to a legend

RJ Marquez @KSATRJ16:30:21 ET

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.

Brad Turner @BA_Turner16:30:27 ET

Will never forget I got to share this moment with Kobe after his last game when he scored 60. RIP. 🙏🏿

Rebecca Haarlow @RebeccaHaarlow16:30:32 ET

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.

Evan Fournier @EvanFourmizz16:30:39 ET

Man its gonna be hard tonight

Jorge Sierra @hoopshype16:31:14 ET

Goes well beyond basketball.

Sindarius Thornwell @Sin_City_80316:32:33 ET

Can we change the logo?

Wesley Iwundu @_Iwundu2516:32:34 ET

Words can’t express the emotions behind this. I pray for comfort and strength of the families affected by this tragedy. #RIPKobe

Pat Connaughton @pconnaughton16:33:19 ET


Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach16:34:12 ET

Brad Stevens,fighting back tears, on Kobe: “My favorite part had been watching him transition to a dad and a coach.”

Kosta Koufos @kostakoufos16:35:09 ET

Rest In Peace Kobe. A true legend. Thoughts and prayers to his loved ones. #kobebryant

Ja Morant @JaMorant16:36:07 ET


Kevin Porter @Kevinporterjr16:37:17 ET

Mannnn 💔 Life I tell you 👎🏽

Steve Kyler @stevekylerNBA16:37:19 ET

The @TheNBPA released the following on the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant.

Ben Golliver @BenGolliver16:37:28 ET

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.”

Malika Andrews @malika_andrews16:38:01 ET

Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, holding back tears, makes a statement on Kobe Bryant: “As an organization we are devastated,