It’s been a hard day for a lot of people.
Not just basketball fans or Laker die-hards, but for every single person that Kobe Bryant made an impact on during his life. The tragic death of an iconic, global superstar has been hard to process. I’m still not entirely sure I’ve wrapped my mind about what has happened. I grew up watching Kobe either though I never cheered for him. He was a force that was always relevant in the NBA world no matter what he did. He is as close to legend-status as you can get in this society. The NBA is not what it is right now without Bryant’s accomplishments both on and off the court. The influence he had on the current generation is immeasurable.
The NBA still had eight games to play on Sunday despite what happened. There were discussions about canceling games and whether Kobe would have wanted that. Players that idolized Kobe growing up had to go out and play a basketball game knowing they had lost their sports hero. Raw emotions were on display.
But like I said, it wasn’t just the basketball world he had an impact on. His influence spanned across the globe with hands in all forms of entertainment. He was an Oscar winner. A philanthropist. A businessman. A musician. An author. He was gone way too soon.
Here are some reactions from across social media as the world learns and tries to process the loss of a GOAT.
No words work on a day like today; only a prayer:
Lord, we all mourn the untimely death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter and the others who lost their lives today. May you grant eternal rest to them, O Lord; and let your light perpetually shine upon them. Amen. ??
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) January 26, 2020
I’m trying to process but I just can’t man? https://t.co/wyMGUclmjj
— Jamal Murray (@BeMore27) January 26, 2020
Kobe Bryant was one of the most talented and competitive players I have ever known. His legacy on the court is winning championships. Some with a lot of talent and some without so much. Horrible tragedy. RIP Kobe and prayers to your family.
— Dan Issel (@DanIssel44) January 26, 2020
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) January 26, 2020
— Antoine Walker (@WalkerAntoine8) January 26, 2020
— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) January 26, 2020
Rest, Mamba. Rest, Gianna.?? pic.twitter.com/WTq43gLX86
— Rex Chapman?? (@RexChapman) January 26, 2020
NBA Soul Hurting ? #8 #24
— 13am Adebayo? (@Bam1of1) January 26, 2020
— Derek L. Anderson (@DerekLAnderson) January 26, 2020
No words man… A Legend gone way too soon! This feels like a bad dream! #RIPMamba
— Randall Cobb (@rcobb18) January 26, 2020
R.I.P Legend ?
Prayers up ? ? pic.twitter.com/oUAgvA1DXp
— Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) January 26, 2020
— John Wall (@JohnWall) January 26, 2020
— Paul Washington Jr (@PJWashington) January 26, 2020
Every team has to retire 24
— Tyler Herro (@raf_tyler) January 26, 2020