The nation is mourning the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who was killed along with his daughter and seven others in a helicopter crash.
Despite the horrific news the Pelicans defeated the Celtics yesterday. After the game, rookie Zion Williamson reflected on Kobe’s legacy.
“Kobe meant a lot to me growing up, I had both jerseys growing up, and I feel like I studied his footwork game because I respected it. He’s top two of all time, it’s tough man,” says Williamson.
The game began with 24-second shot clock violations in honor of Kobe, who wore 24. The Pelicans won 123-108.
Forward Brandon Ingram was traded to New Orleans from LA over the summer. Ingram was given Kobe’s locker as the heir apparent to the scoring machine’s Laker legacy. Ingram was visibly upset.
“Especially when one of our legends passes away like that it makes everyone wake up in the world and be more appreciative of the people that we have around us,” says Ingram.
LSU QB Joe Burrow weighed in on social media and said he remembered watching Bryant with his dad and modeled much of his approach to football on the star’s legendary work ethic.
Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says it was tough for the team to get prepared mentally for the game, and even after blowing out one of the best teams in the league, it was hard to really enjoy the win.
“You just realize that what we do is not very important really when you think about the grand scheme of things in life,” says Gentry.
LSU Star and Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neil, who won three titles with Kobe, had a brief comment to the media saying words can’t describe what he’s going through right now.