Steve Nash reflects on loss of Kobe Bryant one year later

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Before he called it a career, Steve Nash was able to call the late Kobe Bryant a teammate in Los Angeles for two seasons — though the two missed out on a lot of time together because Bryant ruptures his left Achilles. But Nash knew Bryant before they wore the same uniform, and he saw how his fellow Basketball Hall of Famer was developing after their careers ended, too.

“We know Kobe, the basketball player. We know the drive and competitive nature, gifts, talent and the resume,” Brooklyn’s head coach said on a Zoom call with reporters on the anniversary of Bryant’s death. “What I think is most important, in my eyes, is his career arc from some rough moments with his personality to how he redeemed all that and became so beloved by so many. For me, most importantly, he became an incredible father. That, to me, is the tragedy of Kobe passing. He was an incredible father and was just starting to embark on that chapter of his life. That was remarkable and something I really admired about him.”

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