41-year-old Kobe Bryant was among five people who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday.
Given his immeasurable impact on the NBA and the game of basketball, a number of NBA players - past and present - are mourning his tragic death.
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
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. pic.twitter.com/9EZuwk8wrV- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kaj33) January 26, 2020
Devastated.- Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) 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 Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) January 26, 2020
All the Lessons- Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) January 26, 2020
All the Advice
Every word you ever told me...
Will stick with me forever
Thank You Kobe🙏🏽❤️ pic.twitter.com/WPCdHg3iyt
Nooooooo cmon someone say it ain't true... I'm sick to my stomach right now- Jayson Tatum (@jaytatum0) January 26, 2020
R.I.P Legend 😔- Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) January 26, 2020
Prayers up 🙏 💔 pic.twitter.com/oUAgvA1DXp
RIP to an ICON!!!🙏🏾 Just devastating- Tim Hardaway Jr (@T_HardJR) January 26, 2020
🙏🏽🤦🏽♂️ RIP to a legend smh- Vince Carter (@mrvincecarter15) January 26, 2020
Can't believe it, don't want to believe it! This is unreal! I cried when I saw the news!- jose manuel calderon (@JmCalderon) January 26, 2020
Thank you @kobebryant for everything you did for basketball and for who you were as a person. I'm gonna miss you!
One of the saddest days...this one hurts a lot. pic.twitter.com/95zAuxqWUz
RIP KOBE 😥😥😥 I can't believe this is true. I'm at a loss for words 😥- Tristan Thompson (@RealTristan13) January 26, 2020
My brother words cannot express what you meant to the lives of many. Prayers to the Bryant family #MambaForever #GoneTooSoon #24#8 rest peacefully pic.twitter.com/Yy0b7Kpbwm- Jason "The Jet" Terry (@jasonterry31) January 26, 2020
I couldn't guard him. No one could. He's an All-Star in Heaven too. Praying for the whole family. I'm in shock. pic.twitter.com/xdGAgi5seM- marcus smart (@smart_MS3) January 26, 2020
Prayers to his family and all the families affected.. This hurt my heart.- 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) January 26, 2020
Uhhhh. Noooo...life is too precious. RIP Kobe 🙏🏼- Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) January 26, 2020
RIP to the legend...you inspired millions on and off the court. Thank you for your life and influence. "The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do"-… https://t.co/pAhb2BRQzx- Anthony Tolliver (@ATolliver44) January 26, 2020
I had the honor to shake Kobe's hand before my first ever NBA game. The man was a legend and that is a moment I will never forget. Prayers to his family and friends. Life is fragile. 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/yl1UgyrWZc- Meyers Leonard (@MeyersLeonard) January 26, 2020
We all mourn the death of @kobebryant. My heart goes out to his family. May he rest in peace. 🙏- Tony Allen (@aa000G9) January 26, 2020
Don't know where to begin..- Mike Miller (@MikeMiller_13) January 26, 2020
Thoughts and prayers out to the Bryant Family 🙏 pic.twitter.com/YqoetFdgQi