The deaths of Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others has permeated American culture, from late-night shows to the Grammys. It has reached across the Atlantic Ocean and across the Pacific Ocean.
Most of all, the devastation of the moment has been seen among the NBA’s elite, losing one of their own decades too early.
Two more NBA greats joined the wave of tributes and remembrances for Bryant, as Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul posted direct statements to the Los Angeles Lakers legend on Instagram. It was a breaking of silence for Paul, who sat out a game on Monday to deal with the news.
The pain behind their words is clearly visible.
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Those posts join a number of Bryant’s contemporaries reacting to the news, including Anthony and Paul’s two best friends in the league.
There’s no words to express the pain Im going through with this tragedy of loosing my neice Gigi & my brother @kobebryant I love u and u will be missed. My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW pic.twitter.com/pigHywq3c1— SHAQ (@SHAQ) January 26, 2020
you'll always be in my heart... my big brother... 💛 pic.twitter.com/ytJ2JDKNaB— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) January 28, 2020
Struggling to process what is now a reality. Kobe’s life after basketball was just beginning and his second act was going to be even greater. His legacy, Gigi’s legacy both will live on forever!— Derek Fisher (@derekfisher) January 26, 2020
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