Magic Johnson shares heartfelt message after Kobe Bryant’s dying: ‘Best Laker of all time is gone’

Magic Johnson mentioned the “biggest Laker of all time is gone” because the Corridor of Famer mourned the tragic dying of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.

Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, often known as Gigi, died following a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., on Sunday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver confirmed.

A five-time NBA champion with the Lakers the league’s 2008 MVP, Bryant is considered one of many all-time greats following 20 years in Los Angeles, the place the 41-year-old has two jerseys retired at Staples Middle.

Johnson, one other Lakers nice and five-time champion, paid tribute to Bryant, who was drafted by the storied Los Angeles franchise in 1996.

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My pal, a legend, husband, father, son, brother, Oscar winner and biggest Laker of all-time is gone. It’s arduous to simply accept. Kobe was a pacesetter of our sport, a mentor to each female and male gamers. pic.twitter.com/NXsrXmCkkG

— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 26, 2020

“As I attempt to write this publish, my thoughts is racing. I am in disbelief and have been crying all morning over this devastating information that Kobe and his younger daughter, Gigi have handed away in a helicopter crash. [Johnson’s wife] Cookie and I are heartbroken,” Johnson wrote. “I like him, his household and what he stood for on the court docket and off the court docket.

“My pal, a legend, husband, father, son, brother, Oscar winner and biggest Laker of all-time is gone. It is arduous to simply accept. Kobe was a pacesetter of our sport, a mentor to each female and male gamers.

“He gave his data, time, and expertise to tutor so many on the youth degree, collegiate degree, and NBA and WNBA gamers. Phrases cannot specific the impression that he had on the sport of basketball. I do know basketball followers all around the world will miss him, particularly town of Los Angeles.

“He was such an icon but additionally did a lot for LA. He was keen about serving the homeless and was an advocate for girls’s basketball. Teaching his daughter’s basketball crew introduced him a lot happiness.

Kobe and I shared so many particular conversations about life and basketball. We had a lot in frequent off the court docket. I used to like speaking to him about Lakers basketball, being fathers and husbands and the way a lot we liked Italy. I’ll miss these conversations and him a lot. pic.twitter.com/PIv7obzr2x

— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 26, 2020

“Kobe and I shared so many particular conversations about life and basketball. We had a lot in frequent off the court docket. I used to like speaking to him about Lakers basketball, being fathers and husbands and the way a lot we liked Italy. I’ll miss these conversations and him a lot.

“Laker Nation, the sport of basketball and our metropolis, won’t ever be the identical with out Kobe. Cookie and I are praying for [Bryant’s wife] Vanessa, his stunning daughters Natalia, Bianka and Capri, in addition to his mother and father Joe and Pam and his sisters.

“We are going to at all times be right here for the Bryant household. We love you without end. #eight #24”

Johnson’s on-court rival Larry Chicken additionally paid tribute to Bryant in a press release launched by the Indiana Pacers.

“I do know we’ll all be struggling to seek out the phrases to specific our sense of deep sorrow and tragic lack of dropping Kobe and his daughter, Gianna,” Boston Celtics icon Chicken mentioned.

“Kobe was not solely an icon within the sports activities area, he was a person of the world and touched so many lives and communities in essentially the most optimistic methods.

“His star was persevering with to rise each day and he knew no limits due to his many mental and artistic abilities and need to offer again to others – his ardour for the sport, for his household and for others was obvious in all the things he completed.

“My household and I ship our condolences to Kobe’s household, our hearts are damaged.”

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