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Kobe Bryant sends poignant message to Gordon Hayward

Kobe Bryant and Gordon Hayward clashed in a 2016.Rick Bowmer/AP/Associated Press

In the aftermath of Gordon Hayward’s devastating ankle injury, countless NBA players of the past and present offered sympathetic messages for the Boston Celtics forward. But none seemed more raw than the words from retired Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.

Bryant shared a photo of Hayward on Instagram with his message in the caption: