The NBA world convulsed when news broke that retired legend Kobe Bryant died Sunday in a helicopter crash. Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna also passed away. Dwyane Wade, who will have his jersey retired by the Heat next month, called today one of the saddest in his lifetime.
Heat President Pat Riley also released a statement.
Miami HEAT President Pat Riley Statement— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) January 27, 2020
“Kobe Bryant was a Godsend to this world; not just to the NBA, but to all those who hold dear and cherish family, friends and faith. Today I mourn the tremendous loss of Kobe, his daughter, Gianna, and the other passengers."
Many other Heat players also reacted to the news. Tyler Herro said that every team should retire Bryant’s No. 24 jersey.
Every team has to retire 24— Tyler Herro (@raf_tyler) January 26, 2020
NBA Soul Hurting #8 #24— 13am Adebayo (@Bam1of1) January 26, 2020
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The respect I have for you as a man, a competitor and a leader are unmatched. Although I didn't have a personal relationship with you, I watched the impact you had on the young greats coming behind you first hand. How you mentored them. How you challenged them. But you never hated on them as a generation. Only encouraged them to not settle for mediocrity but to push for greatness as you did everyday. You was a real Mans Man @kobebryant. I am blessed to have watched you all these years and shared the floor with u... My prayers go out to the Bryant family and the other families involved... #SIP