Shaq And Other NBA Icons React To Death Of Kobe Bryant

LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES:  Los Angeles Lakers' center Shaquille O'Neal (L) laughs with guard Kobe Bryant in the fourth quarter during the Lakers' 86-73 win against the Chicago Bulls, in Los Angeles, CA, 22 November 2002.  O'Neal had surgery on his arthritic right big toe 11 September 2002 and is playing for the first time this season.   AFP PHOTO/Lucy NICHOLSON (Photo credit should read LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Shaq And Other NBA Icons React To Death Of Kobe Bryant

Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and more weigh in.

Published January 26th

Written by Paul Meara

The tragic news of Kobe Bryant’s passing has the sports world reeling on social media.

The legendary Laker reportedly died in a helicopter crash Sunday morning (January 26) along with his 13-year-old daughter Gigi and seven other people.

Shaquelle O’Neal, who famously played with Kobe in Los Angeles during their three consecutive NBA title run, tweeted his disbelief and detailed how hurt he is in learning the news.

See below:

  1. Shaq would famously have a fallout with Kobe when they were teammates, but would later reconcile and forge an inspirational friendship.

    Other famous Lakers, including Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, have also reacted on social media. See what they had to say below.

  2. View this post on Instagram

    These picture are just the tip of the iceberg of our relationship. He taught me so many things in life that were necessary on and off the court. On the court he taught me how to carve out defenses and how to take my time. How to make winning my ultimate goal. Off the court he taught me to sign my own checks lol. Of course anyone who knows my story knows I’ve suffered a lot of loss but the only loss I can compare this to is when I lost my son. Even though our relationship wasn’t father/son, it was more like him being a teacher and me being his brother. I’m glad I got to be the ying to your yang as far as the locker room was concerned. It was my pleasure. I couldn’t even catch my breath today when I heard this news. I just knew if he was in a helicopter crash he would have been the one to survive. Somehow he would have jumped out and landed on his feet. I’m sitting here thinking about when we would be in practice scrimmaging and you would start the jump ball off with elbowing Sasha in the chest. Like dude it’s 10:30 in the morning lol. You think watching him play was crazy, you gotta think in practice if you scored like 8-9 buckets throughout the practice you had a great practice. I’ve seen him knock off 13-14 in a row in practice!!!! I’m still waiting for the media to come out and say wrong report. No way God took my brother this early. I know I been through my own stuff in life with using drugs and not being good to myself. When I went through that Coma situation if God would have came to me and said we would take me and spare Kobe I would have rather that happened. In honor of my brother I’m up at 4am tomorrow to get to the gym! Gigi gone give you buckets!!!! I love you brother 💔🙏🏿😥 @kobebryant

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