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everyone.
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Thanks for tuning into my livestream if you have turned in.
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And, well, I don't even know how to start this.
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Uh, I I was planning to talk about the Lakers games from this past week and LeBron James passing Kobe for clear place on the all time scoring list, but told just insignificant.
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Now, if any of you, for whatever reason, have not already heard Kobe Bryan, his 13 year old daughter Juliana Bryant, on what seven others died in a helicopter crash, Uh, from Kobe Bryant's helicopter, and it's it's just seems surreal.
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It's I still just don't want to believe it.
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I It's so hard to just put into words everything that's happened over the course of these last 12 13 hours, and it's been about 12 hours now since the news came out that Kobe Bryan, along with his daughter and everyone else, passed away.
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But I'm I'm just in a state of disbelief.
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I know a lot of other people.
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Are this a CZ? Much as I can remember anything in sports, this is the saddest day, at least of my sports memory.
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This is it's just unbelievable.
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And before I get into everything having to do with Kobe Bryant and his daughter.
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I mentioned there were seven others that died in the crash, and I just wantto pass along my condolences and thoughts and prayers to all of the families, the Brian family, but also all of the other families.
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Because it's just it's tough for everyone.
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Everyone that's lost someone today.
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I cannot fathom how Vanessa, Brian and Kobe's three daughters that are still with us are feeling right now.
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Have been feeling today.
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I can't imagine how the families of the other passengers on the helicopter that passed away are feeling in Just my heart goes out to them.
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Um, focusing more on Kobe and his daughter now is I'm just struggling so much to find the words to talk about this.
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And it's been 12 hours I've had.
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I found some time for this to try to set in, but it just won't There's there's nothing that I can say to describe how I'm feeling, how a lot of other people are feeling Everyone that's involved in the N B.
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A and just the sports world in general.
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You really don't even have to be a sports fan, too.
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No who? Kobe Woz and the impact that he had.
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Um, when the news first came out, I was traveling down to San Diego to visit my brother for the day.
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And I was just pulling into the parking lot of a restaurant where I was gonna meet him along with my mom and grandma.
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And I was gonna be meeting my aunt and cousin who lived out in San Diego as well.
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And I got a tax thing that Kobe had passed away in a helicopter crash, and I I thought it was just a sick joke and I was hoping it was, And from that point on, I was just I was checking Twitter, bleacherreport, ESPN.
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Anything constantly refreshing.
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Trying to see someone disputing the report and saying it was a fake report.
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But no one was doing that, and just I I I couldn't even move.
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My eye was just shaking.
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And I'm I'm sorry that I'm not able to piece together my thoughts a little bit more right now, I seriously, I have, like, a 1,000,000 thoughts racing through my head.
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That seems like every second just this Kobe Bryant to me waas the He was the most influential person in my life that I never met, and it wasn't even close.
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And you can say what you want about Kobe.
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He was not perfect.
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No one is stuff in his past that I wish would have been done differently.
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I'm sure he wish wished it would have been done differently.
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But Kobe Bryant was my entire childhood.
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When I first started to actually care about basketball, I was five years old.
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I had just started playing in my first youth basketball league for think five and six year olds, and I I sucked.
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I saw that first year and do anything.
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If I was on the quarter, if I was off the court, it didn't matter, because when I was on the court, I just stood in one place and applauded my team ball.
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They did stuff, but that was my first taste of any sort of basketball.
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And, uh, my dad would always watch the Lakers at home.
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So at home, I started tow.
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Watch the Lakers a little bit more with them.
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Andi, I was five years old, so where my dad was, I just don't want to be there with him.
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And if he was watching the Lakers.
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I was gonna wash the Lakers, so I would watch the Lakers and I I mean, I was five years old, so I don't know how much I picked up on stuff, But I do remember from a CZ, long as I have been a basketball fan, been a Laker fan, been a Kobe fan, just his sheer desire to do whatever it takes to accomplish what he set out to accomplish.
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That was the thing that stuck out to me from the first time I watched him play.
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That's the thing that I love most about Washington play throughout the entirety of his career, even following his post basketball career, paying attention to everything that he was doing, whether it be the story telling women than Oscar, which is just incredible in its own right to be able to do that.
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But to be able to win an Oscar when the majority of your life you're not focused on that one bit, you were just focused on basketball and then after retiring to the side, you know what? I'm the switch to this entirely different profession and be so good at it that you're nominated or not nominated, you win an award for it.
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Kobe was a different beast.
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He was a different type of person.
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And before today, you could have convinced me that he wasn't even human.
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Everything that Kobe did, you just attacked it with this intense ferocity of you knew she would never give up until he got what he wanted and myself, just like many, many other this Laker fans.
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But basketball fans I saw Kobe is I just I thought of him as invincible.
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I thought of him is someone who no matter what he'd always get through it.
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Anything that he was having to deal with, that he had to deal with, he'd be able to get through it and out of everyone in the world he'd be able to.
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And that's why even now, with it being 12 12 ish hours since the news came out, I still just can't I can't believe it.
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I don't want to believe it.
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I'm still waiting for him to somehow miraculously come out of that helicopter crash with with his daughter, having saved her and for them to just continue their lives.
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And it's not just I'm not just sad because of what he did for my favorite team, the Lakers, and all the joy that he gave me for 20 years.
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He had so much left to accomplish, not just in his own personal life, but just giving back to the basketball community and the community in general.
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Kobe was different, and just about every aspect that you can look at it From the standpoint of a retired player, you think about so many other retired players in basketball right now.
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Just not really wanting to embrace today's MBA and talk about how the game used to be better back in their day and what they could do if they were playing.
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Now you never heard that from Kobe.
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Toby was always trying to pass along his knowledge.
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And as he had said in the last week, that he ever tweeted last night after LeBron James past him.
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You're just trying to move along the game, Move it forward.
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There were there were so many different tributes today from the N B A and Kyle Kuzma is someone who Lakers own plan till Tuesday.
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But Kuzma is someone who the Lakers fell in love with him because of his mentality that he has the Mamba mentality, so to speak.
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And Koosman embraced that from the moment he became a Laker.
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He he formed a connection with Kobe Bryant.
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Jason Tatum, who, even though he was on the rival Boston Celtics Kobe Bryan as he should have not had any reservations about doing this.
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But he helped Jason pay them, teach him they work out.
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I think it was two summers ago.
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Um, Trey Young, Kobe's daughter Juliana, was starting to starting to.
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She'd been a very good basketball player for a her age, but she was continuing to just learn more and more about the game of basketball.
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Kobe had said a few times within these past months that when he retired from the Lakers, he he kind of just left basketball alone, tried to keep it out of his life for a little bit.
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And it's understandable because for the 20 years that Kobe played basketball, that was his entire life.
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So too, may be a little bit burned out from it, so to speak.
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I understand that.
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But his daughter Juliana, she, it seemed like have the same type of mentality.
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Is Kobe Bryan just wanting to be doing whatever she possibly could to get better at all points of the day and just being obsessed with stuff.
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So she kind of brought Kobe back to basketball by helping her by teaching her the game of basketball.
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And they were at, I believe, to Laker games this year.
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One of them, I was at the game when the Lakers were playing the Hawks trade.
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Young was obviously playing in that game.
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So makes sense that they would have gone to that one on Dhe.
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Then, just last month in December.
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I think it was December 31st or so when the Lakers played the Dallas Mavericks at home, and Kobe was at that game less than a month ago.
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He was at that game with his daughter, Juliana.
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Ah, week or two ago they were at.
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I think it was a Brooklyn next game and that I love that video right.
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When I saw it, there was a like five or 12th clip of Kobe and Guiana sitting courtside at a basketball game and N b a game, and you can see Kobe just explaining the game to her and Bianna asking more questions and kind of like figure Hedley.
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Yeah, she gets into smile that she had on her face.
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It's, um, Kobe spoke at USC when I was at USC, and I remember when, uh when he was speaking during his speech.
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He was talking about his daughters, and you could just see how proud he was of them and how happy he was with where he wasn't his life, having retired from the game of basketball and having some more time to spend with his kids.
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And he made it a point during his conversation at USC that he needed the interview needed to end by a certain time because he had to be able to go pick up his daughter.
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He that was what he did.
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Every single day I wake up early.
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It's 45 in the morning workout, go work for a while, and then when he needed to leave to go pick up his daughter.
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That is what he did every day because when he was playing basketball, he couldn't do that, and now he just wanted to enjoy that luxury.
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He was 41 years old, Jonah was 13 years old, and it's just tragic what happened like I said, Just words cannot do this.
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Justice cannot put this into context what Kobe Bryant meant for the game of basketball.
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Just the numerous, almost uncountable amount of accolades records that he racked up over the years.
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And I heard someone earlier today trying to talk about if he was a top five or top 10 player.
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It doesn't matter.
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Different people can have their opinions on how good Kobe Bryant was.
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Now is not the time to argue where he ranks in terms of all time greats.
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I do think in terms of most important basketball players, which sure has some to do with how good of a basketball player, your butt, just your overall influence on the game and how important you were to the game.
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I would argue Kobe Bryant is the most important basketball player of all time.
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Hands down.
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I don't think it's even close if you want to.
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Are you about that? Maybe you can think of someone else who's up there, but in terms of what he did for the game of basketball.
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From a player perspective, there's no one else in the history of the N B A that had as big of an impact on China and all of their fans who didn't come from trying.
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I would imagine Yao Ming had probably a bigger impact on the game of basketball in China.
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But outside of that, Kobe was and is adored by millions and millions of trying needs people.
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And what he did globally for the game cannot be understated.
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But just what he what he was able to do on the basketball court? It goes beyond just the sport, though, because to me, when I when I think of Kobe Bryant and I think of him playing for the purple and gold and Staples Center, that in of itself brings back great memories makes me happy.
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But those great memories, in part, are because of what him playing for the Lakers and having these great games allowed for.
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It allowed for me to form deeper connections with, most importantly, my dad.
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But other members of my family, my friends, my uncles, my cousins have a cousin, Shawn who, uh, talk about basketball with him.
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Just about every day.
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I have uncle's that'll talk basketball with and every Christmas for as long as I can remember.
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Kobe when he was playing on the Lakers, they'd be playing on Christmas Day.
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And in my family, it was just It was a tradition my mom knew Lakers played on Christmas Day.
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Okay, we got it.
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Plan out the Christmas dinner, but first we have to know when to the Lakers play.
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So we can kind of schedule everything around that because for a two and 1/2 2 hour, 45 minute period, every single Christmas myself, my dad, my Uncle Jay, Thank you, Brad, my cousin Shawn.
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And sometimes my aunts, my brother, my other cousins would come and watch, too.
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But that was what we did every Christmas.
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That's what it waas.
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And the mood on Christmas was either just a little bit happier if the Lakers one or else we're a little bit more upset if they lost.
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But just so many moments that Kobe gave me to spend.
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Like I said, just most importantly with my dad, Um, I'm extremely I'm very close with my dad, and that's in no small part to us watching Kobe Bryant together from the time that I was five until he retired in 2016.
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And just the countless memories that I have watching the games with my dad, all of the great performances in Kobe Bryant's career in the great shots.
00:19:12
I think back to that and just about, if not everything one.
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I also remember what my dad's reaction was in that situation.
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I remember the 2006 Finals, not finals, that 2006 playoffs and round one, when Lakers were up two games to one on the Phoenix Suns and Game four is going on and Lakers air down.
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I think it was 98 97 towards There were No 98 96 towards the end of regulation.
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Sons Aaron bounding.
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Steve Nash gets the ball.
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Smush Parker knocks it away.
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Kobe gets it goes down.
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Other away scores a floater over.
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Think it was Tim Thomas of the Sons to tie the game up and that in overtime, Lakers air down one and Luke Walton ends up forcing a jump ball with a thinking with Steve Nash, and there's a little over six seconds left.
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I mean, I still remember the call from Hubie Brown saying, Oh, you got to get a shot off here.
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After Luke Walton wins the tip of course, you have to get a shot off there, but just Luke Walton wins the tape.
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It goes right to Kobe.
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Kobe dribbles down the court right to the right elbow.
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He knows exactly where he's going, gets the shot off in time, hits it and I go crazy.
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My dad goes crazy, and a minute, two minutes after that, my brother, who had been hanging out at the next door neighbor's house, gets dropped off a home.
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And when he rings the doorbell and my dad opens that *****, my dad just goes, Hey, my dad just goes running outside and that we call the sack, running around with his arms up, yelling.
00:21:05
I love Kobe Bryant, and it's just it's moments like that.
00:21:10
So where? Yes, Kobe and his performance made me happy.
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But it was everything that it allowed for.
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Just do happy memories with my dad, with my family, with my friends.
00:21:23
I remember the 2010 n.
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B. A Finals Game seven.
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I had a ah game.
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I was in high school, I had a tournament game.
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That same day is Game seven of the Finals, and my dad called my coach before the game. and tried toe.
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Get us get the entire game just canceled.
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You thought we shouldn't have to play while there's Game seven FDA finals going on, but we ended up playing anyways, and I invited my entire team back to my house after tow.
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Watch the to watch the Game seven, and I didn't know that.
00:22:03
My parents one of them, I forgot who it was, but one of them had accidentally recorded the Game seven upstairs in the room instead of downstairs in our living room.
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So my entire team, we hadn't even most of it.
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I don't think any of my teammates have gone home to even shower yet.
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So we're all sitting in my parents bedroom, sitting on the couch, probably sitting on their beds while sitting on their bed while we're sweaty watching Game seven.
00:22:34
And I remember when Lakers were down by, like, 11 just thinking, Oh my God, they're actually gonna lose.
00:22:40
And then slowly, but surely to keep chipping away, chipping away, they were down by actually 13 I think in the third quarter, and they just start chipping away.
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And Kobe, I just remember his shot was not falling in that game, seven. He finished.
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I pretty sure was six of 24 shooting 6 to 22 or 6 24 shooting.
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But he was not gonna let the fact that his shot goes and falling stop him from winning that game.
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He was willing himself.
00:23:09
You could tell that he was dealing with injuries.
00:23:12
You could.
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You could just tell by the look on his face.
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He was in pain, didn't have the same lift on his jump shot.
00:23:18
He didn't have the same lift when he was jumping up, trying to dunk.
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He still grabbed 15 rebounds off of Sheer will, and the Lakers ended up winning that game by four.
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And when the Lakers won, I just remember my entire team to celebrating and me grabbing my dad and literally wrestling him to the ground and just fall breaking into tears because I was so happy.
00:23:44
Same thing with my dad and those kind of memories.
00:23:48
I mean, Toby's, Kobe's last gain, where he dropped 60 points on the Utah Jazz.
00:23:57
I remember inviting my dad to come watch it with me at USC and just with every basket he was getting, getting more and more points for himself just in utter disbelief but happy disbelief.
00:24:12
Unlike today and tonight, where it's just complete sadness and disbelief that this just can't be riel.
00:24:22
And that's the thing is that for 20 years in Kobe's career, he had so many times so many instances where you felt this can't be real.
00:24:35
There's no way this could be real.
00:24:37
But it was always out of happiness and just disbelief.
00:24:42
You just can't process that this is actually happening and that he was able to do this.
00:24:49
And now for today to be the same disbelief and thinking.
00:24:55
There's no way this is really but for the complete opposite reason.
00:25:01
It's just it's cruel that he was taken this soon from us, only 41 years old.
00:25:08
His daughter, though being on the helicopter as well, just makes it so much worse.
00:25:16
I, like I said, I just I can't I can't imagine how the Bryant family feels what they're going through.
00:25:29
This is just an awful day, an awful day for basketball and eight games that were played today.
00:25:35
I I didn't think that they should have been played.
00:25:39
I thought that from a team standpoint with the teams that had to play today.
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They all did a great job about as good as they could do it.
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Just remembering Kobe and paying tributes to him.
00:25:53
I thought that the running out the shot clock was the fantastic idea and then the running out the shot clock by one team.
00:26:06
And then the other team would take an eight second violation for Kobe's two numbers. 18 24.
00:26:12
I thought that was a great idea for just a way to memorialize him, but from an M B a standpoint.
00:26:21
And if the n b A got it right with having the games played today in the first place? No, I don't think that they should have.
00:26:28
And I understand that the news on Kobe Bryant broke about an hour or so before the first game was scheduled to tip off today, and most of the fans and players were already in the arena.
00:26:42
And I get that.
00:26:45
I was talking to one of my friends and he made a good point.
00:26:48
That's Kobe would not have wanted the game's today to be stopped because if you want to memorialize him and remember his mom but mentality, his entire career was just about having obstacles in front of him and making sure nothing stopped him from going out performing, giving his all.
00:27:11
And so I get that argument.
00:27:14
But at the same time, I mean, you saw all of the different players and how they were struggling.
00:27:20
You saw Tyson Chandler on the bench during the game, crying.
00:27:24
You saw other players crying, holding back tears.
00:27:27
Devin Booker got emotional.
00:27:28
Plenty of other players got emotional to Trey.
00:27:31
Young had a fantastic tribute where he he started the game against the Forgot who they were.
00:27:42
I think they're playing the Wizards.
00:27:43
It honestly doesn't even matter who they were playing.
00:27:45
Gregg Popovich had a great quote after his team lost today to the Raptors, where he started the started the interview off by saying something like Nice game, tough loss.
00:28:00
Who cares? And Adjusted Fields.
00:28:04
Austin Rivers said the same thing after the Rockets lost the Nuggets, just that he just doesn't care about the loss that wasn't on his mind after the game.
00:28:16
And he's right.
00:28:17
Just basketball didn't matter today.
00:28:21
It was about remembering Kobe, Bryan, Trey Young or Kobe's number eight to start the game tonight.
00:28:28
He finished with 45 points, 14 assists on 24 shot attempts.
00:28:34
And he also shot 81% from the free throw line.
00:28:36
Which, of course, you can connect to Kobe Bryant's 81 points against the Raptors almost 14 years of the day, January 20th of or 22nd of 2006.
00:28:52
So to think, when that was going on, if someone would have told me a little over 14 years from now, Kobe is gonna be gone.
00:29:01
I never, ever would have believed that.
00:29:04
Like I said, just he had this aura about him.
00:29:08
You thought of him as someone who was invincible and that nothing could ever slow them down.
00:29:12
And no matter what he had said his mind out to, he was going to accomplish it and for him to be taken this way.
00:29:20
But think back to the 2009 N B.
00:29:23
A finals against the Orlando Magic and after the Lakers won the championship and Toby is jumping up and down as the time runs out on the buzzer sounds.
00:29:36
Then they get up to the podium and just the picture of him holding his daughter Guiana in his arms and see She's 13 now.
00:29:47
She was thing two years old, two or three years old at the time and just her taking it all in and kind of not knowing exactly what was going on.
00:30:00
But knowing that something had happened and his older daughter, Natalia, was, there is, Well, um, it's just heartbreaking, and I'm doing my best job, too.
00:30:13
Keep my emotions in check during this.
00:30:15
But I I've spent a good amount of time today, just crying and just different emotions coming up, thinking of him.
00:30:27
Happy memories, but same time, just they're gone.
00:30:30
And it's not just that those happy memories are gone because he was never going to play a game of basketball on N B again.
00:30:38
I wasn't going to get any more memories of him playing basketball, but I wanted to.
00:30:45
I just wanted to see him live a full, happy life.
00:30:48
He definitely had a happy life, but it was not nearly long enough.
00:30:57
I just I don't know what else to say.
00:31:01
I don't know how else to talk about Kobe.
00:31:07
I one thought that's kind of stood out in my mind, especially right after I heard that he died in a plane crash was just one thinking about my childhood idol being literally just burned alive.
00:31:28
If that was the case, because I know the helicopter crashed in to the mountain, and then there was a fire.
00:31:36
So whether he died on impact, whether he died in the fire, I don't know.
00:31:42
No one knows who knows if we'll ever know.
00:31:45
But just not just him with that, but that moment before they hit the mountain, and him just realizing what was happening.
00:31:59
Just what was going on in his mind in that instant and him thinking about Jonah and how to protect her, because we all know that was the first thing Toby did.
00:32:12
I'm sure he was trying to just protect Chiana, but protect everyone on board.
00:32:18
He was a leader to the very end.
00:32:19
I'm sure he was thinking like a follow me.
00:32:23
I'm gonna get us out of this war.
00:32:25
Something in that split second? Just I don't know.
00:32:29
I don't know exactly howto even say what I'm thinking.
00:32:33
I have so many thoughts just racing through my head, and I just I can't process all of them.
00:32:40
I can't process any of this.
00:32:41
I can.
00:32:43
It's still just does not seem real to me in the back of my head.
00:32:48
I am just thinking, OK, at some point, someone's going to say it's not true and Kobe is gonna be at the game against the Clippers on Tuesday.
00:33:00
That was probably, I would have imagined Kobe would have been in that game to congratulate LeBron James for passing him for third on the all time scoring list.
00:33:10
And that's just another thing that's just so surreal about all of this.
00:33:14
Is that literally? Last night, 12 hours before he died, he's sending out a text congratulating LeBron James were passing him for third on the all time scoring list.
00:33:26
And LeBron James is talking about how much he idolized and looked up to Kobe when he was growing up, playing a you ball in high school ball and even in the n B A.
00:33:38
And just neither one of them, obviously knowing what was gonna happen just a few hours later, 12 hours later, I don't know what it's gonna be like at Staples Center on Tuesday.
00:33:53
I know it's going to be extremely emotional.
00:33:56
It's gonna be on TNT, the inside the N B a crew.
00:34:00
I mean, shock is usually a part of that.
00:34:04
I don't know if he will be on Tuesday.
00:34:07
I wouldn't blame him if he just can't Can't talk about Kobe right now.
00:34:18
I don't know what type of tribute the Lakers and the Clippers were gonna do.
00:34:23
This is a game that ever since Christmas I had been looking forward to this game, and now it just it doesn't.
00:34:31
It just doesn't matter.
00:34:33
In the grand scheme of everything, I just I hope that on Tuesday, when the Lakers play the Clippers, I hope that as many Laker greats that can be there are there.
00:34:48
I hope that Magic Johnson, even though his tenure with the Lakers adds an executive, came to a very tumultuous and I hope he's there, and I expect him to be there, Um, and for myself, just thinking of Magic Johnson in particular, because before Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson was the Lakers.
00:35:12
He meant everything to the Lakers.
00:35:14
He meant everything to this city and with Kobe gone now, magic is the won't even know howto say it.
00:35:29
But with Kobe gone now, I just I think it's important, understand that their sports and unders.
00:35:41
Life and life is so much more important not just being alive, but how you live your life and all the greatness that Magic Johnson accomplished both on and off the court as a Laker and after his Lakers career, everything he's been able to do for the community.
00:36:00
I think that over the past year, too, myself and plenty of other Lakers fans, different media people, I'm sure had certain views on Magic Johnson that were a little skewed just because of what he had done recently in terms of being the Lakers and executive and how that 10 year turned out.
00:36:21
And did that hurt his legacy or not? He still did so much for the Lakers, just like Kobe did.
00:36:28
And I just think now is the time to kind of bring everyone together and just make sure that the entire Laker family is there and helps each other.
00:36:44
Hell, I'm sure.
00:36:46
I mean, Holy Brian touched.
00:36:48
Everyone touched everyone in the N B A.
00:36:50
In the sports world.
00:36:53
Like I said, even if you weren't really into sports, you still knew who Kobe was, probably knew a little bit about him and his greatness and I just I've struggled through this entire video, have been talking, I guess, for 37 minutes it it doesn't feel like that and also feel like feels like I've been talking for a lot longer than 37 minutes.
00:37:19
But I guess kind of just tow just a kind of sum up.
00:37:27
All of this, and just everything that I've been trying to piece together for the past 37 almost 38 minutes is just how incredibly sad.
00:37:39
This is not just for Laker fans, not just for basketball fans, but for the world globally and the impact that Kobe is made in.
00:37:50
Especially, I want to just again send my thoughts and prayers out to his family and to the families that everyone else on board the helicopter crash, I never, ever would have thought that 41 years old for Kobe Bryant at 24 years old for me, I'd be happy to say goodbye to my childhood idol, not just my childhood idol.
00:38:18
He was my childhood, and I just never thought that at 24 years old from me, I would have to say goodbye to someone that I looked up to and admired for for the last 20 years, since I started watching basketball when I was five years old.
00:38:44
And that Mamba mentality.
00:38:47
It applies itself not just to the game of basketball but beyond the game of basketball.
00:38:52
And that aside from all of the memories that I was able to create from washing Kobe and the Lakers with my family and friends, his mama mentality and just being able to see how he conducted himself and how there was no obstacle too big for him and regardless of what was in front of them, if he had his mind set on something, there was no failing.
00:39:17
It was just keep working and keep working until you get to where you need to be.
00:39:24
And that was the mentality that I tried to adopt and still try to adopt as much as I can.
00:39:32
Not just in sports, but just in life in general.
00:39:35
It started out with my high school basketball with me not getting as much playing time as I would have wanted, and I could have quit.
00:39:45
But no, I wasn't gonna quit.
00:39:46
I was skimming.
00:39:47
Keep working hard, but then it extended the stuff outside of basketball and just learning how to use that mentality to do so much more than just sports with sports with that mentality, including academics.
00:40:03
And I legitimately do not think not not Do not think I know that if I was not a Laker Sand, if I was not.
00:40:16
If I did not have the privilege and the honor of watching Kobe Bryant throughout the course of his entire n b A career and trying to emulate his mob mentality as much as I could, I would not have made it to U. S. C.
00:40:32
I started that.
00:40:33
See, son, um, and I set my mind.
00:40:39
I made a promise to my grandpa before he died that I would get to USC.
00:40:45
I set my mind to that, and there were a ton of times when I was not, didn't want to study for an extra hour or two hours for a task.
00:40:58
Lives at sea sun or proof.
00:41:02
Read my paper again and make sure I got an A on it.
00:41:05
But just that thought of just thinking about Kobe and everything that he would always just work relentlessly on to make sure that he got where he wanted to be.
00:41:16
I just wanted to emulate him, even if it wasn't just a small part and just just somewhat be like him.
00:41:26
And yeah, I just I don't think I'm not.
00:41:31
I don't think I know that without him, without watching him, I would not have made it to U. S.
00:41:37
C.
00:41:38
I would not be in the position that I am just in my life right now with work and just my life in general.
00:41:45
And so for that, for all the memories that you've given me and my family, I just want to say thank you Goby.
00:42:00
Just thank you.
00:42:02
And I've spent today crying for a good portion of the day, but I just everyone congrats in their own way.
00:42:19
I don't want this too.
00:42:24
I don't want this to effect anything that's not the right way to put it.
00:42:30
But I I just the goals that I have set for myself, I think in the best way to memorialized Kobe to remember him is to make sure that whatever goals you set out for yourself that you do whatever it takes to reach them.
00:42:54
And that's what I'm gonna do.
00:42:55
I'm gonna wake up early tomorrow I'm gonna go to the gym.
00:42:59
I'm waking up early, going to the gym before work, something that I've wanted to do for the past few weeks.
00:43:05
But I just I've been too lazy and set my alarm for a time to get up early enough.
00:43:12
And then it's so it's news a few times and I'll go back to sleep and then I don't have time, and I just I just want to use that mamba mentality that he taught me that he thought so many people for so long to just make sure that I'm better in myself in my life, just like he did.
00:43:35
And, yeah, I just I don't know what else to say.
00:43:41
I'm I want to say I'm at a loss for words have been talking now for almost 44 minutes, but and it's I don't know how to wrap this up.
00:43:55
Kobe was my entire childhood toe.
00:44:00
Lose them this way without kind of expecting that it would happen just for it.
00:44:04
To be so sudden is just so difficult to swallow, so difficult to comprehend.
00:44:11
And I just want to say thank you, Kobe one last time for everything that you gave me in my life everything that you gave L.
00:44:22
A and the world and everything.
00:44:24
You get back to the community that you gave back to basketball, but also just to the world.
00:44:29
In general, the world is such a better place because you were on it for 41 years.
00:44:37
And for all the good that you did, just thank you, Kobe.
00:44:43
You will be missed.
00:44:45
And we will miss your daughter, Johanna as well.
00:44:51
I'm so lab of the Lakers were able to retire your jersey numbers before this happened and that you were able to share that with your family because you deserve that more than anyone else in Lakers history, more than anyone else in MBA history to be able to see your number go up to the rafters, there has never been anyone people can say Michael Jordan, Maybe Jordan had the same work ethic, is you.
00:45:20
But there's never been anyone in the history of basketball, probably in the history of mankind that has ever had a better work ethic than you.
00:45:30
And the crazy thing is that to you, you probably didn't even see it as hard work.
00:45:35
You just saw it as I have my goal set on that I have my gold seven a championship.
00:45:40
I have my goal set on being them BP leading my team to multiple championships.
00:45:46
It was the individual accolades never matter to Kobe, but they came along with winning, and I'm sure to you, Kobe, you just I thought I wanna win.
00:46:00
So in order to win, I'm doing whatever it takes.
00:46:03
But this isn't hard work.
00:46:04
This is me setting my mind to something and making sure that I accomplish it.
00:46:08
Call it whatever you want, but to me I'm just reaching my goals and hitting them, and it just it sucks that Kobe was supposed to be inducted into the Hall of Fame later this year, and now we're never going to get to see his Hall of Fame speech.
00:46:30
But Pedes IUs Noah Harrison ***an.
00:46:34
Actually, uh, one of the writers for Lakers website mentioned this on the locked on Lakers podcast earlier today that you know what with how crazy and relentless Kobe was.
00:46:52
He probably wrote up.
00:46:53
It's all of fame speech when he was nine years old, and I wouldn't doubt that.
00:46:56
So maybe there is that Hall of Fame speech.
00:46:59
But regardless, we're gonna miss you at your Hall of Fame induction.
00:47:04
We're gonna miss you at the statue that inevitably was going to be built before this happened, but inevitably will be built now.
00:47:13
And I would expect probably even before this year is over, you will have the statue that you so rightfully deserve in Staples Center.
00:47:23
And I've heard from some different opinion, some people thinking that the Lakers might even want to include Guiana in the statue, which nothing official, just people speculating on stuff.
00:47:42
I think that would be a great move.
00:47:43
And Jonah obviously was part of the Lakers family with being the greatest Laker of all times daughter.
00:47:54
And you could see the passion that she had for the game of basketball.
00:47:59
And as much of a tragedy as it is that Kobe Bryant is no longer with us.
00:48:05
It's just horrible to think that his 13 year old daughter is never going to get to live her life and experience what it's like to be a professional athlete, because it seemed like there was no way she wasn't going to be one, and Kobe was so proud of her and Kobe had been asked before if he would ever coach if he would ever coach after he retired.
00:48:31
And his response was always that you would never coach unless he was coaching his daughters.
00:48:37
And that's what he did, because Jonah, they were on their way to a basketball game for him to coach her today.
00:48:44
Apparently, they have games yesterday where Kobe was there watching her, and it's just so incredibly, incredibly sad and just just devastating and just still surreal.
00:49:08
I don't know what else to say.
00:49:10
Just thank you, Kobe, for everything that you've done for everyone myself included again to the entire Brian family, everyone else on the in the helicopter crash that was affected by it, just thoughts and prayers of them.
00:49:31
That's it's all you can do is just give the Bryant family and everyone else every other family, their privacy, too.
00:49:42
Morning privacy.
00:49:45
And but just remember Kobe for everything he's done, everything you did for the game of basketball, everything you did for the world and just embrace that Mamba mentality and keep pushing yourself.
00:50:05
Keep wishing everyone else to just be better.
00:50:07
People like I said, the world's a much better place because Kobe's was on it for 41 years.
00:50:16
But it's nowhere close to a perfect place.
00:50:19
There's no such thing as a perfect person.
00:50:21
Kobe most certainly was not a perfect person, but we can take that mentality from him and just learn from him to keep working hard and just keep pushing ourselves and keep pushing everyone else to make ourselves and therefore make the world a better place to.
00:50:40
And that is something that I think Kobe would really appreciate and would have definitely wanted.
00:50:49
As part of his legacy is to just make the world a better place.
00:50:56
And I'm certainly going to try to do my part.
00:51:01
So, yeah, I'm just gonna wrap this up by saying Thank you, Kobe for everything that you've done And I love you, Kobe.
00:51:15
So many people do.
00:51:18
You had so many sayings that embodied your mentality in your mind, set on everything, but you had to sayings That kind of just stuck with me, and we'll always stick with me for the remainder of my lifetime, and that's one of them is friends were temporary.
00:51:47
Banners hang forever with was basically you answering why you don't really have to money friends in basketball, too many friendships.
00:51:58
It's because you spend all of your time on the basketball court and and, uh, you didn't have time for friends and your approach to everything.
00:52:06
Your mentality obviously changed when you stop playing basketball professionally, and people started to really appreciate you.
00:52:14
But I thought that was a fantastic blind.
00:52:17
When you said that another one was heroes.
00:52:21
I think it was.
00:52:23
Heroes come and go, but legends never die.
00:52:37
I wish that was the case in terms of living, being able to keep living forever because you are truly a legend.
00:52:51
But even though you're no longer with us, you will never die.
00:52:57
Your legacy will live on forever with the Lakers.
00:53:00
Okay, A little live on forever with me while I'm alive.
00:53:07
I just hope that one day I'm able to talk about you to my Children and hopefully my grandchildren and just pass along your legacy just like I know so many other people will.
00:53:25
This is just an awful day, an awful day in sports.
00:53:29
The worst day I can remember the worst day in sports history, and it's just so devastating to think that you're gone.
00:53:43
And to think that you're never gonna be at another game, you're never going to be able to impart your wisdom into on to anyone else.
00:53:55
You're not gonna be there to see you're three other daughters.
00:54:01
Grow up.
00:54:02
You have a a seven month old daughter that is gonna grow up without ever knowing her father.
00:54:11
And it's just awful awful to think that I'm so sorry to the entire Brian family and again all the other families that were affected by the helicopter crash.
00:54:29
But you're right that legends will never die.
00:54:33
Lakers will never let that let your legacy die.
00:54:36
Then be a never will.
00:54:38
I never will.
00:54:40
So many of my family and friends never will.
00:54:42
So many other people around the world never will.
00:54:46
You will be remembered forever and just thank you for everything that you have done.
00:54:52
Kobe, I love you, Kobe Bryan.
00:55:01
Everyone who is remotely involved with the N B A or sports and general owes you their deepest gratitude and as much things as possible.
00:55:23
I just can't believe it.
00:55:29
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Rest In Peace Gianna and Kobe Bryant

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Corbin Weinerman @CorbinUSN

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everyone.
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Thanks for tuning into my livestream if you have turned in.
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And, well, I don't even know how to start this.
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Uh, I I was planning to talk about the Lakers games from this past week and LeBron James passing Kobe for clear place on the all time scoring list, but told just insignificant.
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Now, if any of you, for whatever reason, have not already heard Kobe Bryan, his 13 year old daughter Juliana Bryant, on what seven others died in a helicopter crash, Uh, from Kobe Bryant's helicopter, and it's it's just seems surreal.
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It's I still just don't want to believe it.
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I It's so hard to just put into words everything that's happened over the course of these last 12 13 hours, and it's been about 12 hours now since the news came out that Kobe Bryan, along with his daughter and everyone else, passed away.
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But I'm I'm just in a state of disbelief.
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I know a lot of other people.
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Are this a CZ? Much as I can remember anything in sports, this is the saddest day, at least of my sports memory.
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This is it's just unbelievable.
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And before I get into everything having to do with Kobe Bryant and his daughter.
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I mentioned there were seven others that died in the crash, and I just wantto pass along my condolences and thoughts and prayers to all of the families, the Brian family, but also all of the other families.
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Because it's just it's tough for everyone.
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Everyone that's lost someone today.
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I cannot fathom how Vanessa, Brian and Kobe's three daughters that are still with us are feeling right now.
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Have been feeling today.
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I can't imagine how the families of the other passengers on the helicopter that passed away are feeling in Just my heart goes out to them.
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Um, focusing more on Kobe and his daughter now is I'm just struggling so much to find the words to talk about this.
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And it's been 12 hours I've had.
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I found some time for this to try to set in, but it just won't There's there's nothing that I can say to describe how I'm feeling, how a lot of other people are feeling Everyone that's involved in the N B.
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A and just the sports world in general.
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You really don't even have to be a sports fan, too.
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No who? Kobe Woz and the impact that he had.
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Um, when the news first came out, I was traveling down to San Diego to visit my brother for the day.
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And I was just pulling into the parking lot of a restaurant where I was gonna meet him along with my mom and grandma.
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And I was gonna be meeting my aunt and cousin who lived out in San Diego as well.
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And I got a tax thing that Kobe had passed away in a helicopter crash, and I I thought it was just a sick joke and I was hoping it was, And from that point on, I was just I was checking Twitter, bleacherreport, ESPN.
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Anything constantly refreshing.
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Trying to see someone disputing the report and saying it was a fake report.
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But no one was doing that, and just I I I couldn't even move.
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My eye was just shaking.
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And I'm I'm sorry that I'm not able to piece together my thoughts a little bit more right now, I seriously, I have, like, a 1,000,000 thoughts racing through my head.
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That seems like every second just this Kobe Bryant to me waas the He was the most influential person in my life that I never met, and it wasn't even close.
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And you can say what you want about Kobe.
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He was not perfect.
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No one is stuff in his past that I wish would have been done differently.
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I'm sure he wish wished it would have been done differently.
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But Kobe Bryant was my entire childhood.
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When I first started to actually care about basketball, I was five years old.
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I had just started playing in my first youth basketball league for think five and six year olds, and I I sucked.
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I saw that first year and do anything.
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If I was on the quarter, if I was off the court, it didn't matter, because when I was on the court, I just stood in one place and applauded my team ball.
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They did stuff, but that was my first taste of any sort of basketball.
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And, uh, my dad would always watch the Lakers at home.
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So at home, I started tow.
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Watch the Lakers a little bit more with them.
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Andi, I was five years old, so where my dad was, I just don't want to be there with him.
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And if he was watching the Lakers.
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I was gonna wash the Lakers, so I would watch the Lakers and I I mean, I was five years old, so I don't know how much I picked up on stuff, But I do remember from a CZ, long as I have been a basketball fan, been a Laker fan, been a Kobe fan, just his sheer desire to do whatever it takes to accomplish what he set out to accomplish.
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That was the thing that stuck out to me from the first time I watched him play.
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That's the thing that I love most about Washington play throughout the entirety of his career, even following his post basketball career, paying attention to everything that he was doing, whether it be the story telling women than Oscar, which is just incredible in its own right to be able to do that.
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But to be able to win an Oscar when the majority of your life you're not focused on that one bit, you were just focused on basketball and then after retiring to the side, you know what? I'm the switch to this entirely different profession and be so good at it that you're nominated or not nominated, you win an award for it.
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Kobe was a different beast.
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He was a different type of person.
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And before today, you could have convinced me that he wasn't even human.
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Everything that Kobe did, you just attacked it with this intense ferocity of you knew she would never give up until he got what he wanted and myself, just like many, many other this Laker fans.
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But basketball fans I saw Kobe is I just I thought of him as invincible.
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I thought of him is someone who no matter what he'd always get through it.
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Anything that he was having to deal with, that he had to deal with, he'd be able to get through it and out of everyone in the world he'd be able to.
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And that's why even now, with it being 12 12 ish hours since the news came out, I still just can't I can't believe it.
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I don't want to believe it.
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I'm still waiting for him to somehow miraculously come out of that helicopter crash with with his daughter, having saved her and for them to just continue their lives.
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And it's not just I'm not just sad because of what he did for my favorite team, the Lakers, and all the joy that he gave me for 20 years.
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He had so much left to accomplish, not just in his own personal life, but just giving back to the basketball community and the community in general.
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Kobe was different, and just about every aspect that you can look at it From the standpoint of a retired player, you think about so many other retired players in basketball right now.
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Just not really wanting to embrace today's MBA and talk about how the game used to be better back in their day and what they could do if they were playing.
00:10:08
Now you never heard that from Kobe.
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Toby was always trying to pass along his knowledge.
00:10:16
And as he had said in the last week, that he ever tweeted last night after LeBron James past him.
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You're just trying to move along the game, Move it forward.
00:10:28
There were there were so many different tributes today from the N B A and Kyle Kuzma is someone who Lakers own plan till Tuesday.
00:10:39
But Kuzma is someone who the Lakers fell in love with him because of his mentality that he has the Mamba mentality, so to speak.
00:10:49
And Koosman embraced that from the moment he became a Laker.
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He he formed a connection with Kobe Bryant.
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Jason Tatum, who, even though he was on the rival Boston Celtics Kobe Bryan as he should have not had any reservations about doing this.
00:11:08
But he helped Jason pay them, teach him they work out.
00:11:12
I think it was two summers ago.
00:11:15
Um, Trey Young, Kobe's daughter Juliana, was starting to starting to.
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She'd been a very good basketball player for a her age, but she was continuing to just learn more and more about the game of basketball.
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Kobe had said a few times within these past months that when he retired from the Lakers, he he kind of just left basketball alone, tried to keep it out of his life for a little bit.
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And it's understandable because for the 20 years that Kobe played basketball, that was his entire life.
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So too, may be a little bit burned out from it, so to speak.
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I understand that.
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But his daughter Juliana, she, it seemed like have the same type of mentality.
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Is Kobe Bryan just wanting to be doing whatever she possibly could to get better at all points of the day and just being obsessed with stuff.
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So she kind of brought Kobe back to basketball by helping her by teaching her the game of basketball.
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And they were at, I believe, to Laker games this year.
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One of them, I was at the game when the Lakers were playing the Hawks trade.
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Young was obviously playing in that game.
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So makes sense that they would have gone to that one on Dhe.
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Then, just last month in December.
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I think it was December 31st or so when the Lakers played the Dallas Mavericks at home, and Kobe was at that game less than a month ago.
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He was at that game with his daughter, Juliana.
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Ah, week or two ago they were at.
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I think it was a Brooklyn next game and that I love that video right.
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When I saw it, there was a like five or 12th clip of Kobe and Guiana sitting courtside at a basketball game and N b a game, and you can see Kobe just explaining the game to her and Bianna asking more questions and kind of like figure Hedley.
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Yeah, she gets into smile that she had on her face.
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It's, um, Kobe spoke at USC when I was at USC, and I remember when, uh when he was speaking during his speech.
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He was talking about his daughters, and you could just see how proud he was of them and how happy he was with where he wasn't his life, having retired from the game of basketball and having some more time to spend with his kids.
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And he made it a point during his conversation at USC that he needed the interview needed to end by a certain time because he had to be able to go pick up his daughter.
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He that was what he did.
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Every single day I wake up early.
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It's 45 in the morning workout, go work for a while, and then when he needed to leave to go pick up his daughter.
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That is what he did every day because when he was playing basketball, he couldn't do that, and now he just wanted to enjoy that luxury.
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He was 41 years old, Jonah was 13 years old, and it's just tragic what happened like I said, Just words cannot do this.
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Justice cannot put this into context what Kobe Bryant meant for the game of basketball.
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Just the numerous, almost uncountable amount of accolades records that he racked up over the years.
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And I heard someone earlier today trying to talk about if he was a top five or top 10 player.
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It doesn't matter.
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Different people can have their opinions on how good Kobe Bryant was.
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Now is not the time to argue where he ranks in terms of all time greats.
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I do think in terms of most important basketball players, which sure has some to do with how good of a basketball player, your butt, just your overall influence on the game and how important you were to the game.
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I would argue Kobe Bryant is the most important basketball player of all time.
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Hands down.
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I don't think it's even close if you want to.
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Are you about that? Maybe you can think of someone else who's up there, but in terms of what he did for the game of basketball.
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From a player perspective, there's no one else in the history of the N B A that had as big of an impact on China and all of their fans who didn't come from trying.
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I would imagine Yao Ming had probably a bigger impact on the game of basketball in China.
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But outside of that, Kobe was and is adored by millions and millions of trying needs people.
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And what he did globally for the game cannot be understated.
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But just what he what he was able to do on the basketball court? It goes beyond just the sport, though, because to me, when I when I think of Kobe Bryant and I think of him playing for the purple and gold and Staples Center, that in of itself brings back great memories makes me happy.
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But those great memories, in part, are because of what him playing for the Lakers and having these great games allowed for.
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It allowed for me to form deeper connections with, most importantly, my dad.
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But other members of my family, my friends, my uncles, my cousins have a cousin, Shawn who, uh, talk about basketball with him.
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Just about every day.
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I have uncle's that'll talk basketball with and every Christmas for as long as I can remember.
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Kobe when he was playing on the Lakers, they'd be playing on Christmas Day.
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And in my family, it was just It was a tradition my mom knew Lakers played on Christmas Day.
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Okay, we got it.
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Plan out the Christmas dinner, but first we have to know when to the Lakers play.
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So we can kind of schedule everything around that because for a two and 1/2 2 hour, 45 minute period, every single Christmas myself, my dad, my Uncle Jay, Thank you, Brad, my cousin Shawn.
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And sometimes my aunts, my brother, my other cousins would come and watch, too.
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But that was what we did every Christmas.
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That's what it waas.
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And the mood on Christmas was either just a little bit happier if the Lakers one or else we're a little bit more upset if they lost.
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But just so many moments that Kobe gave me to spend.
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Like I said, just most importantly with my dad, Um, I'm extremely I'm very close with my dad, and that's in no small part to us watching Kobe Bryant together from the time that I was five until he retired in 2016.
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And just the countless memories that I have watching the games with my dad, all of the great performances in Kobe Bryant's career in the great shots.
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I think back to that and just about, if not everything one.
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I also remember what my dad's reaction was in that situation.
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I remember the 2006 Finals, not finals, that 2006 playoffs and round one, when Lakers were up two games to one on the Phoenix Suns and Game four is going on and Lakers air down.
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I think it was 98 97 towards There were No 98 96 towards the end of regulation.
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Sons Aaron bounding.
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Steve Nash gets the ball.
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Smush Parker knocks it away.
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Kobe gets it goes down.
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Other away scores a floater over.
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Think it was Tim Thomas of the Sons to tie the game up and that in overtime, Lakers air down one and Luke Walton ends up forcing a jump ball with a thinking with Steve Nash, and there's a little over six seconds left.
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I mean, I still remember the call from Hubie Brown saying, Oh, you got to get a shot off here.
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After Luke Walton wins the tip of course, you have to get a shot off there, but just Luke Walton wins the tape.
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It goes right to Kobe.
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Kobe dribbles down the court right to the right elbow.
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He knows exactly where he's going, gets the shot off in time, hits it and I go crazy.
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My dad goes crazy, and a minute, two minutes after that, my brother, who had been hanging out at the next door neighbor's house, gets dropped off a home.
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And when he rings the doorbell and my dad opens that *****, my dad just goes, Hey, my dad just goes running outside and that we call the sack, running around with his arms up, yelling.
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I love Kobe Bryant, and it's just it's moments like that.
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So where? Yes, Kobe and his performance made me happy.
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But it was everything that it allowed for.
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Just do happy memories with my dad, with my family, with my friends.
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I remember the 2010 n.
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B. A Finals Game seven.
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I had a ah game.
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I was in high school, I had a tournament game.
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That same day is Game seven of the Finals, and my dad called my coach before the game. and tried toe.
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Get us get the entire game just canceled.
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You thought we shouldn't have to play while there's Game seven FDA finals going on, but we ended up playing anyways, and I invited my entire team back to my house after tow.
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Watch the to watch the Game seven, and I didn't know that.
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My parents one of them, I forgot who it was, but one of them had accidentally recorded the Game seven upstairs in the room instead of downstairs in our living room.
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So my entire team, we hadn't even most of it.
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I don't think any of my teammates have gone home to even shower yet.
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So we're all sitting in my parents bedroom, sitting on the couch, probably sitting on their beds while sitting on their bed while we're sweaty watching Game seven.
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And I remember when Lakers were down by, like, 11 just thinking, Oh my God, they're actually gonna lose.
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And then slowly, but surely to keep chipping away, chipping away, they were down by actually 13 I think in the third quarter, and they just start chipping away.
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And Kobe, I just remember his shot was not falling in that game, seven. He finished.
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I pretty sure was six of 24 shooting 6 to 22 or 6 24 shooting.
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But he was not gonna let the fact that his shot goes and falling stop him from winning that game.
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He was willing himself.
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You could tell that he was dealing with injuries.
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You could.
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You could just tell by the look on his face.
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He was in pain, didn't have the same lift on his jump shot.
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He didn't have the same lift when he was jumping up, trying to dunk.
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He still grabbed 15 rebounds off of Sheer will, and the Lakers ended up winning that game by four.
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And when the Lakers won, I just remember my entire team to celebrating and me grabbing my dad and literally wrestling him to the ground and just fall breaking into tears because I was so happy.
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Same thing with my dad and those kind of memories.
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I mean, Toby's, Kobe's last gain, where he dropped 60 points on the Utah Jazz.
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I remember inviting my dad to come watch it with me at USC and just with every basket he was getting, getting more and more points for himself just in utter disbelief but happy disbelief.
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Unlike today and tonight, where it's just complete sadness and disbelief that this just can't be riel.
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And that's the thing is that for 20 years in Kobe's career, he had so many times so many instances where you felt this can't be real.
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There's no way this could be real.
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But it was always out of happiness and just disbelief.
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You just can't process that this is actually happening and that he was able to do this.
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And now for today to be the same disbelief and thinking.
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There's no way this is really but for the complete opposite reason.
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It's just it's cruel that he was taken this soon from us, only 41 years old.
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His daughter, though being on the helicopter as well, just makes it so much worse.
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I, like I said, I just I can't I can't imagine how the Bryant family feels what they're going through.
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This is just an awful day, an awful day for basketball and eight games that were played today.
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I I didn't think that they should have been played.
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I thought that from a team standpoint with the teams that had to play today.
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They all did a great job about as good as they could do it.
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Just remembering Kobe and paying tributes to him.
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I thought that the running out the shot clock was the fantastic idea and then the running out the shot clock by one team.
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And then the other team would take an eight second violation for Kobe's two numbers. 18 24.
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I thought that was a great idea for just a way to memorialize him, but from an M B a standpoint.
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And if the n b A got it right with having the games played today in the first place? No, I don't think that they should have.
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And I understand that the news on Kobe Bryant broke about an hour or so before the first game was scheduled to tip off today, and most of the fans and players were already in the arena.
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And I get that.
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I was talking to one of my friends and he made a good point.
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That's Kobe would not have wanted the game's today to be stopped because if you want to memorialize him and remember his mom but mentality, his entire career was just about having obstacles in front of him and making sure nothing stopped him from going out performing, giving his all.
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And so I get that argument.
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But at the same time, I mean, you saw all of the different players and how they were struggling.
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You saw Tyson Chandler on the bench during the game, crying.
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You saw other players crying, holding back tears.
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Devin Booker got emotional.
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Plenty of other players got emotional to Trey.
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Young had a fantastic tribute where he he started the game against the Forgot who they were.
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I think they're playing the Wizards.
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It honestly doesn't even matter who they were playing.
00:27:45
Gregg Popovich had a great quote after his team lost today to the Raptors, where he started the started the interview off by saying something like Nice game, tough loss.
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Who cares? And Adjusted Fields.
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Austin Rivers said the same thing after the Rockets lost the Nuggets, just that he just doesn't care about the loss that wasn't on his mind after the game.
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And he's right.
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Just basketball didn't matter today.
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It was about remembering Kobe, Bryan, Trey Young or Kobe's number eight to start the game tonight.
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He finished with 45 points, 14 assists on 24 shot attempts.
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And he also shot 81% from the free throw line.
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Which, of course, you can connect to Kobe Bryant's 81 points against the Raptors almost 14 years of the day, January 20th of or 22nd of 2006.
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So to think, when that was going on, if someone would have told me a little over 14 years from now, Kobe is gonna be gone.
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I never, ever would have believed that.
00:29:04
Like I said, just he had this aura about him.
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You thought of him as someone who was invincible and that nothing could ever slow them down.
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And no matter what he had said his mind out to, he was going to accomplish it and for him to be taken this way.
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But think back to the 2009 N B.
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A finals against the Orlando Magic and after the Lakers won the championship and Toby is jumping up and down as the time runs out on the buzzer sounds.
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Then they get up to the podium and just the picture of him holding his daughter Guiana in his arms and see She's 13 now.
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She was thing two years old, two or three years old at the time and just her taking it all in and kind of not knowing exactly what was going on.
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But knowing that something had happened and his older daughter, Natalia, was, there is, Well, um, it's just heartbreaking, and I'm doing my best job, too.
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Keep my emotions in check during this.
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But I I've spent a good amount of time today, just crying and just different emotions coming up, thinking of him.
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Happy memories, but same time, just they're gone.
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And it's not just that those happy memories are gone because he was never going to play a game of basketball on N B again.
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I wasn't going to get any more memories of him playing basketball, but I wanted to.
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I just wanted to see him live a full, happy life.
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He definitely had a happy life, but it was not nearly long enough.
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I just I don't know what else to say.
00:31:01
I don't know how else to talk about Kobe.
00:31:07
I one thought that's kind of stood out in my mind, especially right after I heard that he died in a plane crash was just one thinking about my childhood idol being literally just burned alive.
00:31:28
If that was the case, because I know the helicopter crashed in to the mountain, and then there was a fire.
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So whether he died on impact, whether he died in the fire, I don't know.
00:31:42
No one knows who knows if we'll ever know.
00:31:45
But just not just him with that, but that moment before they hit the mountain, and him just realizing what was happening.
00:31:59
Just what was going on in his mind in that instant and him thinking about Jonah and how to protect her, because we all know that was the first thing Toby did.
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I'm sure he was trying to just protect Chiana, but protect everyone on board.
00:32:18
He was a leader to the very end.
00:32:19
I'm sure he was thinking like a follow me.
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I'm gonna get us out of this war.
00:32:25
Something in that split second? Just I don't know.
00:32:29
I don't know exactly howto even say what I'm thinking.
00:32:33
I have so many thoughts just racing through my head, and I just I can't process all of them.
00:32:40
I can't process any of this.
00:32:41
I can.
00:32:43
It's still just does not seem real to me in the back of my head.
00:32:48
I am just thinking, OK, at some point, someone's going to say it's not true and Kobe is gonna be at the game against the Clippers on Tuesday.
00:33:00
That was probably, I would have imagined Kobe would have been in that game to congratulate LeBron James for passing him for third on the all time scoring list.
00:33:10
And that's just another thing that's just so surreal about all of this.
00:33:14
Is that literally? Last night, 12 hours before he died, he's sending out a text congratulating LeBron James were passing him for third on the all time scoring list.
00:33:26
And LeBron James is talking about how much he idolized and looked up to Kobe when he was growing up, playing a you ball in high school ball and even in the n B A.
00:33:38
And just neither one of them, obviously knowing what was gonna happen just a few hours later, 12 hours later, I don't know what it's gonna be like at Staples Center on Tuesday.
00:33:53
I know it's going to be extremely emotional.
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It's gonna be on TNT, the inside the N B a crew.
00:34:00
I mean, shock is usually a part of that.
00:34:04
I don't know if he will be on Tuesday.
00:34:07
I wouldn't blame him if he just can't Can't talk about Kobe right now.
00:34:18
I don't know what type of tribute the Lakers and the Clippers were gonna do.
00:34:23
This is a game that ever since Christmas I had been looking forward to this game, and now it just it doesn't.
00:34:31
It just doesn't matter.
00:34:33
In the grand scheme of everything, I just I hope that on Tuesday, when the Lakers play the Clippers, I hope that as many Laker greats that can be there are there.
00:34:48
I hope that Magic Johnson, even though his tenure with the Lakers adds an executive, came to a very tumultuous and I hope he's there, and I expect him to be there, Um, and for myself, just thinking of Magic Johnson in particular, because before Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson was the Lakers.
00:35:12
He meant everything to the Lakers.
00:35:14
He meant everything to this city and with Kobe gone now, magic is the won't even know howto say it.
00:35:29
But with Kobe gone now, I just I think it's important, understand that their sports and unders.
00:35:41
Life and life is so much more important not just being alive, but how you live your life and all the greatness that Magic Johnson accomplished both on and off the court as a Laker and after his Lakers career, everything he's been able to do for the community.
00:36:00
I think that over the past year, too, myself and plenty of other Lakers fans, different media people, I'm sure had certain views on Magic Johnson that were a little skewed just because of what he had done recently in terms of being the Lakers and executive and how that 10 year turned out.
00:36:21
And did that hurt his legacy or not? He still did so much for the Lakers, just like Kobe did.
00:36:28
And I just think now is the time to kind of bring everyone together and just make sure that the entire Laker family is there and helps each other.
00:36:44
Hell, I'm sure.
00:36:46
I mean, Holy Brian touched.
00:36:48
Everyone touched everyone in the N B A.
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In the sports world.
00:36:53
Like I said, even if you weren't really into sports, you still knew who Kobe was, probably knew a little bit about him and his greatness and I just I've struggled through this entire video, have been talking, I guess, for 37 minutes it it doesn't feel like that and also feel like feels like I've been talking for a lot longer than 37 minutes.
00:37:19
But I guess kind of just tow just a kind of sum up.
00:37:27
All of this, and just everything that I've been trying to piece together for the past 37 almost 38 minutes is just how incredibly sad.
00:37:39
This is not just for Laker fans, not just for basketball fans, but for the world globally and the impact that Kobe is made in.
00:37:50
Especially, I want to just again send my thoughts and prayers out to his family and to the families that everyone else on board the helicopter crash, I never, ever would have thought that 41 years old for Kobe Bryant at 24 years old for me, I'd be happy to say goodbye to my childhood idol, not just my childhood idol.
00:38:18
He was my childhood, and I just never thought that at 24 years old from me, I would have to say goodbye to someone that I looked up to and admired for for the last 20 years, since I started watching basketball when I was five years old.
00:38:44
And that Mamba mentality.
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It applies itself not just to the game of basketball but beyond the game of basketball.
00:38:52
And that aside from all of the memories that I was able to create from washing Kobe and the Lakers with my family and friends, his mama mentality and just being able to see how he conducted himself and how there was no obstacle too big for him and regardless of what was in front of them, if he had his mind set on something, there was no failing.
00:39:17
It was just keep working and keep working until you get to where you need to be.
00:39:24
And that was the mentality that I tried to adopt and still try to adopt as much as I can.
00:39:32
Not just in sports, but just in life in general.
00:39:35
It started out with my high school basketball with me not getting as much playing time as I would have wanted, and I could have quit.
00:39:45
But no, I wasn't gonna quit.
00:39:46
I was skimming.
00:39:47
Keep working hard, but then it extended the stuff outside of basketball and just learning how to use that mentality to do so much more than just sports with sports with that mentality, including academics.
00:40:03
And I legitimately do not think not not Do not think I know that if I was not a Laker Sand, if I was not.
00:40:16
If I did not have the privilege and the honor of watching Kobe Bryant throughout the course of his entire n b A career and trying to emulate his mob mentality as much as I could, I would not have made it to U. S. C.
00:40:32
I started that.
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See, son, um, and I set my mind.
00:40:39
I made a promise to my grandpa before he died that I would get to USC.
00:40:45
I set my mind to that, and there were a ton of times when I was not, didn't want to study for an extra hour or two hours for a task.
00:40:58
Lives at sea sun or proof.
00:41:02
Read my paper again and make sure I got an A on it.
00:41:05
But just that thought of just thinking about Kobe and everything that he would always just work relentlessly on to make sure that he got where he wanted to be.
00:41:16
I just wanted to emulate him, even if it wasn't just a small part and just just somewhat be like him.
00:41:26
And yeah, I just I don't think I'm not.
00:41:31
I don't think I know that without him, without watching him, I would not have made it to U. S.
00:41:37
C.
00:41:38
I would not be in the position that I am just in my life right now with work and just my life in general.
00:41:45
And so for that, for all the memories that you've given me and my family, I just want to say thank you Goby.
00:42:00
Just thank you.
00:42:02
And I've spent today crying for a good portion of the day, but I just everyone congrats in their own way.
00:42:19
I don't want this too.
00:42:24
I don't want this to effect anything that's not the right way to put it.
00:42:30
But I I just the goals that I have set for myself, I think in the best way to memorialized Kobe to remember him is to make sure that whatever goals you set out for yourself that you do whatever it takes to reach them.
00:42:54
And that's what I'm gonna do.
00:42:55
I'm gonna wake up early tomorrow I'm gonna go to the gym.
00:42:59
I'm waking up early, going to the gym before work, something that I've wanted to do for the past few weeks.
00:43:05
But I just I've been too lazy and set my alarm for a time to get up early enough.
00:43:12
And then it's so it's news a few times and I'll go back to sleep and then I don't have time, and I just I just want to use that mamba mentality that he taught me that he thought so many people for so long to just make sure that I'm better in myself in my life, just like he did.
00:43:35
And, yeah, I just I don't know what else to say.
00:43:41
I'm I want to say I'm at a loss for words have been talking now for almost 44 minutes, but and it's I don't know how to wrap this up.
00:43:55
Kobe was my entire childhood toe.
00:44:00
Lose them this way without kind of expecting that it would happen just for it.
00:44:04
To be so sudden is just so difficult to swallow, so difficult to comprehend.
00:44:11
And I just want to say thank you, Kobe one last time for everything that you gave me in my life everything that you gave L.
00:44:22
A and the world and everything.
00:44:24
You get back to the community that you gave back to basketball, but also just to the world.
00:44:29
In general, the world is such a better place because you were on it for 41 years.
00:44:37
And for all the good that you did, just thank you, Kobe.
00:44:43
You will be missed.
00:44:45
And we will miss your daughter, Johanna as well.
00:44:51
I'm so lab of the Lakers were able to retire your jersey numbers before this happened and that you were able to share that with your family because you deserve that more than anyone else in Lakers history, more than anyone else in MBA history to be able to see your number go up to the rafters, there has never been anyone people can say Michael Jordan, Maybe Jordan had the same work ethic, is you.
00:45:20
But there's never been anyone in the history of basketball, probably in the history of mankind that has ever had a better work ethic than you.
00:45:30
And the crazy thing is that to you, you probably didn't even see it as hard work.
00:45:35
You just saw it as I have my goal set on that I have my gold seven a championship.
00:45:40
I have my goal set on being them BP leading my team to multiple championships.
00:45:46
It was the individual accolades never matter to Kobe, but they came along with winning, and I'm sure to you, Kobe, you just I thought I wanna win.
00:46:00
So in order to win, I'm doing whatever it takes.
00:46:03
But this isn't hard work.
00:46:04
This is me setting my mind to something and making sure that I accomplish it.
00:46:08
Call it whatever you want, but to me I'm just reaching my goals and hitting them, and it just it sucks that Kobe was supposed to be inducted into the Hall of Fame later this year, and now we're never going to get to see his Hall of Fame speech.
00:46:30
But Pedes IUs Noah Harrison ***an.
00:46:34
Actually, uh, one of the writers for Lakers website mentioned this on the locked on Lakers podcast earlier today that you know what with how crazy and relentless Kobe was.
00:46:52
He probably wrote up.
00:46:53
It's all of fame speech when he was nine years old, and I wouldn't doubt that.
00:46:56
So maybe there is that Hall of Fame speech.
00:46:59
But regardless, we're gonna miss you at your Hall of Fame induction.
00:47:04
We're gonna miss you at the statue that inevitably was going to be built before this happened, but inevitably will be built now.
00:47:13
And I would expect probably even before this year is over, you will have the statue that you so rightfully deserve in Staples Center.
00:47:23
And I've heard from some different opinion, some people thinking that the Lakers might even want to include Guiana in the statue, which nothing official, just people speculating on stuff.
00:47:42
I think that would be a great move.
00:47:43
And Jonah obviously was part of the Lakers family with being the greatest Laker of all times daughter.
00:47:54
And you could see the passion that she had for the game of basketball.
00:47:59
And as much of a tragedy as it is that Kobe Bryant is no longer with us.
00:48:05
It's just horrible to think that his 13 year old daughter is never going to get to live her life and experience what it's like to be a professional athlete, because it seemed like there was no way she wasn't going to be one, and Kobe was so proud of her and Kobe had been asked before if he would ever coach if he would ever coach after he retired.
00:48:31
And his response was always that you would never coach unless he was coaching his daughters.
00:48:37
And that's what he did, because Jonah, they were on their way to a basketball game for him to coach her today.
00:48:44
Apparently, they have games yesterday where Kobe was there watching her, and it's just so incredibly, incredibly sad and just just devastating and just still surreal.
00:49:08
I don't know what else to say.
00:49:10
Just thank you, Kobe, for everything that you've done for everyone myself included again to the entire Brian family, everyone else on the in the helicopter crash that was affected by it, just thoughts and prayers of them.
00:49:31
That's it's all you can do is just give the Bryant family and everyone else every other family, their privacy, too.
00:49:42
Morning privacy.
00:49:45
And but just remember Kobe for everything he's done, everything you did for the game of basketball, everything you did for the world and just embrace that Mamba mentality and keep pushing yourself.
00:50:05
Keep wishing everyone else to just be better.
00:50:07
People like I said, the world's a much better place because Kobe's was on it for 41 years.
00:50:16
But it's nowhere close to a perfect place.
00:50:19
There's no such thing as a perfect person.
00:50:21
Kobe most certainly was not a perfect person, but we can take that mentality from him and just learn from him to keep working hard and just keep pushing ourselves and keep pushing everyone else to make ourselves and therefore make the world a better place to.
00:50:40
And that is something that I think Kobe would really appreciate and would have definitely wanted.
00:50:49
As part of his legacy is to just make the world a better place.
00:50:56
And I'm certainly going to try to do my part.
00:51:01
So, yeah, I'm just gonna wrap this up by saying Thank you, Kobe for everything that you've done And I love you, Kobe.
00:51:15
So many people do.
00:51:18
You had so many sayings that embodied your mentality in your mind, set on everything, but you had to sayings That kind of just stuck with me, and we'll always stick with me for the remainder of my lifetime, and that's one of them is friends were temporary.
00:51:47
Banners hang forever with was basically you answering why you don't really have to money friends in basketball, too many friendships.
00:51:58
It's because you spend all of your time on the basketball court and and, uh, you didn't have time for friends and your approach to everything.
00:52:06
Your mentality obviously changed when you stop playing basketball professionally, and people started to really appreciate you.
00:52:14
But I thought that was a fantastic blind.
00:52:17
When you said that another one was heroes.
00:52:21
I think it was.
00:52:23
Heroes come and go, but legends never die.
00:52:37
I wish that was the case in terms of living, being able to keep living forever because you are truly a legend.
00:52:51
But even though you're no longer with us, you will never die.
00:52:57
Your legacy will live on forever with the Lakers.
00:53:00
Okay, A little live on forever with me while I'm alive.
00:53:07
I just hope that one day I'm able to talk about you to my Children and hopefully my grandchildren and just pass along your legacy just like I know so many other people will.
00:53:25
This is just an awful day, an awful day in sports.
00:53:29
The worst day I can remember the worst day in sports history, and it's just so devastating to think that you're gone.
00:53:43
And to think that you're never gonna be at another game, you're never going to be able to impart your wisdom into on to anyone else.
00:53:55
You're not gonna be there to see you're three other daughters.
00:54:01
Grow up.
00:54:02
You have a a seven month old daughter that is gonna grow up without ever knowing her father.
00:54:11
And it's just awful awful to think that I'm so sorry to the entire Brian family and again all the other families that were affected by the helicopter crash.
00:54:29
But you're right that legends will never die.
00:54:33
Lakers will never let that let your legacy die.
00:54:36
Then be a never will.
00:54:38
I never will.
00:54:40
So many of my family and friends never will.
00:54:42
So many other people around the world never will.
00:54:46
You will be remembered forever and just thank you for everything that you have done.
00:54:52
Kobe, I love you, Kobe Bryan.
00:55:01
Everyone who is remotely involved with the N B A or sports and general owes you their deepest gratitude and as much things as possible.
00:55:23
I just can't believe it.
00:55:29
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