How do you, as a coach, bring everyone together knowing you have a game to play tonight with everything that's going on? Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers asked reporters to give his players space so they could grieve Bryant's death privately, Rivers spoke outside the Clippers' locker room.
"How long are you gonna end up playing for?"
"One of the biggest highlights of my career was directing Kobe in our Black Mamba short film. When I saw Kobe do what he does, break the hearts of so many Celtics fans, it was tough to see", he said.
Bryant had already won five titles, but he was trying to pass Michael Jordan's mark.
Howard says the pilot legally might have still been able to fly, but there was a reason most helicopters in that area were staying on the ground.
Homages to the 41-year-old have since poured in from across the sports world, including from Wade, who played against Bryant numerous times during his 20-year National Basketball Association career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Bryant didn't win another title in the last of his 20 seasons, but his trophy case was already full.
He tweeted a photo of the 2009 All-Star Game MVP trophy. He is the fourth leading scorer in National Basketball Association history.
"I got to play him at an All-American camp when I was in high school". One of my boys, that was his favorite player growing up, still is.
He added: "You're a legend, a icon, a father, a husband, a son, a brother, a friend". He gave so much to the game of basketball and when he made a decision to give it up and hang it up, he was able to shift all that time and effort and energy into his family. He even compares Kobe's work ethic to that of #MichaelJordan.
English said he was more confident when the two faced each other again the following year before the Beijing Olympics, really challenging Bryant and shaking off his defence.
As the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will honor Bryant 'the way he should be, ' Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is doing his part now. Bryant previously praised Alyssa's basketball talents on Instagram, including sharing a video of her and Gianna in November 2019. She was an incredible woman. "It's just a tragic thing". "The weather situation did not meet our minimum standards for flying", said police spokesman Josh Rubenstein. It's so sad for the families involved. Just seeing all the news, it's overwhelming. "He was gone too soon".