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Tearful Doc Rivers, Tom Brady among those mourning Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant.AP/Associated Press

Kobe Bryant, Lakers legend, died Sunday in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif. He was 41.

Condolences poured in upon the sports world hearing the news.

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Doc Rivers, who coached against Bryant while with the Celtics, called the news devastating.

“He means a lot to me, obviously, he was such a great opponent ... it’s what you want in sports.”

Shaquille O’Neal, former teammate of Bryant’s, mourned the loss of his friend and Gianna.


Former Patriot Lawyer Milloy shared a photo of Bryant from Saturday. His daughter played Bryant’s team in California.

And current Celtic Jayson Tatum posted a lengthy tribute to Bryant.

“The reason I started to play the game, the reason I fell in love with this game. Growing up wanting to be just like you, to you becoming my mentor, beyond thankful for everything you’ve done for me.”

Tom Brady shared an old photo of him and Bryant at a Lakers game.

A number of Celtics expressed incredulity at the news.

Marcus Smart:

Jayson Tatum:

Enes Kanter:

Carsen Edwards:

Vincent Poirier:

Grant Williams:

Tacko Fall:

When the news was confirmed, tributes poured in.

Former Celtics also chimed in about the news.

Cedric Maxwell:

Paul Pierce:

Kendrick Perkins:

Tony Allen:

And NBA stars around the league expressed their sadness.

The 76ers’ Joel Embiid credited watching Bryant with inspiring his career.

Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic:

Cleveland Cavaliers’ Tristan Thompson:

Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert:

And some of Brady’s teammates shared their memories and appreciation.

Julian Edelman:

Sony Michel:

James White:

Ja’Whaun Bentley:

Duron Harmon:

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban shared a resonant message to his followers after Bryant’s death.

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