Shaq, Dwyane Wade, Scottie Pippen, and More Players Mourn the Death of Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant died at the age of 41.

This is a picture of Kobe.

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This is a picture of Kobe.

Kobe Bryant has passed away at the age of 41.

A number of NBA players have taken to social media to express their shock, sadness, and to honor Kobe, including his former teammate, Shaquille O'Neal. 

Kobe was so much more than an athlete, he was a family man. That was what we had most in common. I would hug his children like they were my own and he would embrace my kids like they were his. His baby girl Gigi was born on the same day as my youngest daughter Me’Arah.

— SHAQ (@SHAQ) January 26, 2020

Devastated to hear the news on my friend @kobebryant passing. Prayers go out to his wife Vanessa and his children and the @Lakers family.

— Dennis Rodman (@dennisrodman) January 26, 2020

Laker Nation, the game of basketball & our city, will never be the same without Kobe. Cookie & I are praying for Vanessa, his beautiful daughters Natalia, Bianka & Capri, as well as his parents Joe & Pam & his sisters. We will always be here for the Bryant family.

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

Michael Jordan on the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna

— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 26, 2020

Nooooooooooo God please No!

— DWade (@DwyaneWade) January 26, 2020

I’m stunned. Words can’t even come close to describing it. Just an incredibly sad and tragic day.

— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) January 26, 2020

This can’t be true .......

— Andre Drummond (@AndreDrummond) January 26, 2020

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

— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) January 26, 2020

My heart hurts... this can’t be true

— Tyus Jones (@1Tyus) January 26, 2020

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!!!!


— Joel “Troel” Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) January 26, 2020

Quit playing

— Paul George (@Yg_Trece) January 26, 2020


— Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) January 26, 2020

This is not real right now

— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) January 26, 2020


— John Wall (@JohnWall) January 26, 2020

#Pistons Blake Griffin tears up in recalling the impact of Kobe Bryant.

— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) January 27, 2020

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

— Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) January 26, 2020

P.J. Tucker wearing Kobe’s today with a written message

— Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) January 26, 2020

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

— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) January 26, 2020

Most people will remember Kobe as the magnificent athlete who inspired a whole generation of basketball players. But I will always remember him as a man who was much more than an athlete.

— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kaj33) January 26, 2020

Jay Williams gets emotional speaking on Kobe Bryant ♥️

— ClutchPoints NBA (@ClutchPointsNBA) January 26, 2020

I’m at a loss for words. @kobebryant was a long-time friend, an inspiration and we shared our first ever commercial @espn together as professionals. I love you forever #RIPMAMBA

— Keyshawn Johnson (@keyshawn) January 26, 2020

Jeannine & I are absolutely shocked to hear of the loss of one of my favorite people & one of the best basketball minds in the history of the game! Our hearts & prayers to Vanessa & his girls. @kobebryant you were my biggest fan, but I was yours #RIPMAMBA @NBA @espn @SLAMonline

— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) January 26, 2020

“He had that DNA that very few athletes can ever have.”

Doc Rivers on Kobe Bryant.

— NBA TV (@NBATV) January 26, 2020

Rucker Park paying homage to Kobe Bryant. #MambaOut

— Justin Walters (@JustinWaltersTV) January 27, 2020

This video of Amare finding out about Kobe while playing in Israel is goddamn heart wrenching

— Bobby Reagan (@BarstoolReags) January 26, 2020

While LeBron James has yet to make a statement about Kobe's death, video emerged of him exiting the Los Angeles Lakers team plane, and he appeared to be in tears.

And here's the moment Amare Stoudemire found out about Kobe's passing.

Kobe's former teammate, Lamar Odom, was devastated by the news.

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