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Shaq, Magic, Kareem, other Laker greats pay tribute to Kobe Bryant

JR Isaga
Shaq, Magic, Kareem, other Laker greats pay tribute to Kobe Bryant
On the hardcourt, there's no comparing to the pain felt by those who wore the same purple and gold with Kobe Bryant

 

 

MANILA, Philippines – Many legends have come and gone with the Los Angeles Lakers, but it will always be a valid argument that it has been Kobe Bryant’s team as the years went by. 

Which is why after his shocking death on Sunday, January 26 (Monday, January 27, Philippine time), numerous pillars of the purple and gold gave fitting tributes fit for a future Hall of Famer and a generational icon of basketball. 

One of these legends is none other than Bryant’s partner-in-crime during their NBA title three-peat from 2000 to 2002: Shaquille O’Neal.

 

 

 

Despite some heated feuds in the early years of their controversial fallout, the legendary duo eventually buried the hatchet as O’Neal even attended Bryant’s 60-point farewell game. 

Like O’Neal, fellow legendary Laker big man and NBA all-time leading scorer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shared his thoughts on the Black Mamba’s tragic demise.

 

 

 

Abdul-Jabbar’s long-standing scoring record has yet to be broken by any other player in the league, and the nearest active star on pace to get there is another Laker hunting for banner number 17: LeBron James. 

In a grim coincidence, James was just fresh off beating Bryant’s own scoring record in his birth place of Philadelphia before the tragedy struck.

And the Mamba’s last words online just happened to be about that historic feat.

 

 

 

James was mid-air in the team’s flight back to Los Angeles when the news broke, and thus he only learned of the shocking development upon landing. 

“The King” has yet to say a word to the public regarding his good friend’s death, but judging by this video, no words needed to be said.

 

 

 

Other Laker legends, meanwhile, had lots more to say on Bryant’s passing, with all-time great point guard Magic Johnson having the most detailed tributes on social media.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bryant’s teammates over the years also expressed their shock at his sudden loss, including two-time champion Pau Gasol and longtime backcourt partner Derek Fisher.

 

 

 

 

Steve Nash and Metta World Peace also shared a few words reflecting on their short, but meaningful stint during Bryant’s twilight years in the league.

 

 

 

Clearly, Bryant’s sudden death sent massive shockwaves even outside the reaches of the sporting world, but nothing could ever compare to the pain felt by those who shared his passion throughout the years with the purple and gold. 

The effects of his death will surely be felt for years to come, which only proves the kind of impact the Mamba had on the hardwood and beyond. – Rappler.com

 

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