Yesterday, Magic Johnson spoke about Kobe Bryant and said what many Laker fans might be thinking almost a month after his death, “It’s hard in a two-minute, five-minute time to say everything he meant to the world, to the NBA, and to basketball fans. He’s bigger than life,”.
Speaking as part of a panel that featured various Lakers and Celtics luminaries. The topic of conversation inevitably steered back to Byrant and his death in a helicopter crash. Magic also went on to say that “it will take years to get over his passing and his daughter and the seven other people who lost their lives as well.”
The Lakers have struggled to say goodbye, but there will be a memorial for Bryant and his daughter held tonight at the Staples Center.
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As I try to write this post, my mind is racing. 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. Cookie and I are heartbroken. I love him, his family and what he stood for on the court and off the court. My friend, a legend, husband, father, son, brother, Oscar winner and greatest Laker of all-time is gone. It’s hard to accept. Kobe was a leader of our game, a mentor to both male and female players. He gave his knowledge, time, and talent to tutor so many at the youth level, collegiate level, and NBA and WNBA players. Words can’t express the impact that he had on the game of basketball. I know basketball fans all over the world will miss him, especially the City of Los Angeles. He was such an icon but also did so much for LA. He was passionate about serving the homeless and was an advocate for women's basketball. Coaching his daughter’s basketball team brought him so much happiness. Kobe and I shared so many special conversations about life and basketball. We had so much in common off the court. I used to love talking to him about Lakers basketball, being fathers and husbands and how much we loved Italy. I will miss those conversations and him so much. Laker Nation, the game of basketball and our city, will never be the same without Kobe. Cookie and I are praying for Vanessa, his beautiful daughters Natalia, Bianka and Capri, as well as his parents Joe and Pam and his sisters. We will always be here for the Bryant family. We love you forever. 🙏🏾❤️ #8 #24