Los Angeles Lakers Stars, NBA Players, And Celebrities Are Mourning Kobe Bryant's Death

NBA legend Kobe Bryant died on Sunday in a helicopter crash in Calabasas.

His 13-year-old daughter Gianna is reportedly among three others who died in the accident.

Bryant, who played for the Los Angeles Lakers his entire professional career and led the team to five national championship games, was considered to be one of the greatest players of the game.

Here’s how his former teammates, celebrities, and NBA stars are reacting to the legendary basketball player’s death, as well as other celebrities are responding.


Shaq played with Bryant from 1996 until 2004. The two has a well-known public feud for most of that time, and despite that, they won three consecutive championships together.

“There’s no words to express the pain I’m going through now with this tragic and sad moment of loosing my friend, my brother, my partner in winning championships, my dude and my homie,” he said. “I love you brother and you will be missed. My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW !”

Barack Obama

“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.”

Pau Gasol

Gasol played alongside Bryant on the Lakers from 2008 until 2014.

“Beyond devastated,” he said on Sunday. The NBA player called Bryant his “big brother,” adding, “I just can’t believe it.”

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“Most people will remember Kobe as the magnificent athlete who inspired a whole generation of basketball players,” said legendary Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

“But I will always remember him as a man who was much more than an athlete.”

Magic Johnson

Former Lakers player Magic Johnson tweeted, “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.”

Johnson added that he and his wife Cookie were “heartbroken.”

Karl Malone

Another former Laker, Karl Malone, who played with Bryant for one season from 2003 to 2004, said, “Kobe and Gianna you will never be forgotten.”

“What a blessing to see your impact you have made in this world, Kobe,” Malone said before expressing condolences to the Bryant family.

Jared Dudley

Jared Dudley, who signed with the team in 2019, sent prayers to Bryant’s family and loved ones.

“This doesn’t even feel real man,” he said.

Javale McGee

Javale McGee, who joined the team in 2018, tweeted, “Rest in peace KOBE!”

Talen Horton-Tucker

NBA rookie Talen Horton-Tucker weighed in on news, saying, “I’ve never heard of anything sound so unreal to me before.”

“Hurts my heart.”

Donovan McNabb

Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb said Bryant was “A great friend, mentor to all, positive role model and teacher of the game.”

“Words can’t express all my feeling for him as a person, father and player.”

Kanye West

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