Kobe Bryant was in a helicopter with his Daughter Gianna, a College Baseball coach John Altobelli with his wife and daughter, and the Assistant Girls Coach of Harbor Day School and her husband. The pilot was also among them to die in the crash. It happened around 9:45am Pacific when Kobe and the crew were heading to a basketball game when things started getting bad with the fog due to stormy weather. Most aircraft were grounded but they went ahead to brave it out. Radar shows them circling the coliseum area until it went down on the hills.
Over the weekend Labron James scored 33,643 points surpassing Kobe where he tweeted him
He even text messaged Shareef O’Neal, the son of NBA legend and Bryant’s longtime teammate Shaquille O’Neal, saying how he was looking forward to seeing them next week.
This is a sad time in the NBA world. Most teams on Sunday tribute to Kobe by doing violations on purpose
Nearly every team playing across Sunday’s eight-game schedule — not long after it was learned that Bryant died in a helicopter crash at age 41 — took a planned shot-clock violation. Teams took turns holding the ball for 24 seconds and eight seconds in the backcourt in honor of the No. 24 and No. 8 jerseys that Bryant wore. The tributes drew standing ovations across the board.ESPN
A player who was very close to Kobe was unable to play last night and wanted to mourn
In New York, prior to the Brooklyn Nets’ game vs. the Knicks at Madison Square Garden and prior to their shot-clock violations, it was announced that guard Kyrie Irving would not play for personal reasons, so as to mourn Bryant’s death.
“As an organization, we’re devastated. Our players are devastated,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “We have a player [Irving] that’s very close to Kobe. Our thoughts and prayers are with him also. Just a tough time for the NBA for all of us.”ESPN
Players and Fans flooded twitter with messages about the crash.