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The Basketball world reacts to the passing of Kobe Bryant

2020.01.26 22:11 twistedlogicx The Basketball world reacts to the passing of Kobe Bryant

Earlier today it was reported that Lakers legend and future inner-circle hall of famer, Kobe Bryant passed away in a helicopter accident. He was accompanied by one of his daughters, Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, and seven others, all who also perished in the crashed. They were on their way to a basketball practice at Kobe's own Mamba Sports Academy.
Kobe Bryant was not only a Lakers icon but an icon across the NBA who transcended the sport and became a household name for millions of people across the globe. He is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and his three living daughters, Natalia (17), Bianka (3), and Capri (7 months).
The impact of today's tragic crash reverberated throughout the NBA and far beyond. Below I have compiled a list of just some of the reactions from in and outside of the basketball world on this monumental loss.

News and Updates

Person Comment Time (EST)
Rusty Surette TMZ is reporting Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas. 2:26 PM
Dov Kleiman TMZ confirmed the sad news that Kobe's daughter Gigi was also with him. She died. This is heartbreaking. 3:39 PM

Key Statements

Person Comment
Shaquille O'Neal There are no words to express the pain I'm going through with this tragedy of losing my niece Gigi & my brother Kobe Bryant. I love you and you will be missed. My condolences go out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW.
Pau Gasol Beyond devastated... my big brother... I can’t, I just can’t believe it
Shareef O'Neal Literally this morning you reached out to me.... I love you forever unc. I love you.
Trae Young This S*** can’t be real... this the first moment I was able to meet Gianna Maria, she’s been to only 3 games this year... 2 of them were mine... She told me I was her favorite player to watch. I can’t believe this. Rest Easy Gigi.
Michael Jordan I am in shock over the tragic news of Kobe's and Gianna's passing. Words can't describe the pain I'm feeling. I loved Kobe - he was like a little brother to me. We used to talk often and I will miss those conversations very much. He was a fierce competitor, one of the greats of the game and a creative force. Kobe was also an amazing dad who loved his family deeply - and took great pride in his daughter's love for the game of basketball. Yvette joins me in sending my deepest condolences to Vanessa, the Lakers organization and basketball fans around the world.
Magic Johnson My friend, a legend, husband, father, son, brother, Oscar winner and greatest Laker of all-time is gone. It’s hard to accept. Kobe was a leader of our game, a mentor to both male and female players.
Bill Russell Jeannine & I are absolutely shocked to hear of the loss of one of my favorite people & one of the best basketball minds in the history of the game! Our hearts & prayers to Vanessa & his girls. Kobe Bryant you were my biggest fan, but I was yours.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Most people will remember Kobe as the magnificent athlete who inspired a whole generation of basketball players. But I will always remember him as a man who was much more than an athlete.
Adam Silver The NBA Family is devastated by the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna. For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning. He was one of the most extraordinary players in the history of our game with accomplishments that are legendary: five NBA championships, an NBA MVP award, 18 NBA All-Star selections, and two Olympic gold medals. But he will be remembered most for inspiring people around the world to pick up a basketball and compete to the very best of their ability. He was generous with the wisdom he acquired and saw it as his mission to share it with future generations of players, taking special delight in passing down his love of the game to Gianna. We send our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Vanessa, and their family, the Lakers organization and the entire sports world.
NBPA We are stunned and devastated by the news of the sudden passing of Kobe Bryant. Words cannot express his impact on our Players, the NBA and the game of basketball. This is a monumental loss for the entire basketball community and our hearts are quite simply broken. We send love and prayers out to his wife Vanessa and the entire family.

Public Reactions

Person Comment
Donald Trump Kobe Bryant, despite being one of the truly great basketball players of all time, was just getting started in life. He loved his family so much, and had such strong passion for the future. The loss of his beautiful daughter, Gianna, makes this moment even more devastating... Melania and I send our warmest condolences to Vanessa and the wonderful Bryant family. May God be with you all!
Barack Obama Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day.
Wayne Gretzky Janet and I have no words to describe our shock and sadness on the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant today. Praying for him and his family. 🙏
Usain Bolt Still can’t believe ⁦@kobebryant⁩ 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿
Michael Phelps My heart hurts to hear the news.... r.i.p Kobe Bryant and Gianna... thoughts and prayers to Vanessa and family....
Leo Messi I have no words... all my love for Kobe's family and friends. It was a pleasure to meet him and share good moments together. He was a genius like few others.”
Neymar Jr Dia triste pra nós dos esporte, pra nós fãs e principalmente pra família e amigos de kobe. Com suas mãos se fez lenda, obrigado por exaltar o esporte Kobe... que Deus conforte o coração de sua família e amigos
Mike Trout My heart and prayers go out to the Bryant family and the passengers’ families on this sad day. The impact Kobe had on the world cannot be expressed in words. RIP to a legend and a friend... 🙏🏼
Tom Brady We miss you already Kobe ❤️❤️🙏🏼🙏🏼
Patrick Mahomes II Man not Kobe... Prayers to his family and friends! #RIPMamba
Lindsey Vonn I am at a loss for words. How does this happen?! Devastated. Rip Kobe 🙏🏻🙏🏻
Kanye West Kobe, We love you brother. We’re praying for your family and appreciate the life you’ve lived and all the inspiration you gave.
Lil Wayne We lost a King. 824
Ellen DeGeneres Like everyone, I’m stunned and saddened by the news about Kobe Bryant. My heart is broken for his wife and family.
Robert Iger Our company, Disney, mourns the tragic loss of Kobe Bryant... one of the most respected & popular athletes of our time... a friend and a fan of ours, full of life and taken from us too soon.
Jimmy Kimmel He was great, charismatic & among the hardest-working athletes ever, but what impressed me most was how deeply-involved Kobe was with his 4 daughters. Pray for them, Vanessa, his parents & his fellow passengers' families on this sad and shocking day. We will never forget you Kobe
M. Night Shyamalan Shocked and saddened to hear about Kobe Bryant. To us in Philly he was one of ours. His loss will be felt throughout the city. RIP Kobe.
Reese Witherspoon Just devastated to hear about Kobe Bryant .💔An extraordinary athlete, and a genuinely kind, wonderful man. Sending love, prayers & compassion to his family. To his entire NBA family as well.
Octavia Spencer RIP Kobe! My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Player Reactions

Person Comment Time (EST)
Donovan Mitchell Please God don’t let this be real!! 2:34 PM
Austin Daye Is this real I’m shaking rt now!! 2:34 PM
Tristan Thompson I hope this isn’t true man!!! Not Kobe 2:34 PM
Luka Doncic NO PLEASE🙏 2:36 PM
Arike Ogunbowale Wait. No. Wait. Not Kobe. Wow. 2:36 PM
Justin Anderson NO. 2:36 PM
CJ Miles Nah man.. 2:36 PM
Kevin Love Please no. Please god no. It can’t be true. 2:36 PM
John Henson No way. 2:37 PM
CJ McCollum Please don’t tell me this is true . Not Kobe 2:38 PM
Dearica Hamby There is no fucking way 2:38 PM
Marreese Speights No way that’s real man. 2:40 PM
Channing Frye Damn! I’m crushed. My heart and prayers go out to his family. This hurts 2:40 PM
Spencer Dinwiddie 🙏🏾 2:40 PM
Ricky Ledo Not Kobe man !!! No way!!! The reason I even started to hoop him and my big bro I’m really sick over this one 2:41 PM
Damian Lillard Wow. 2:42 PM
Kalani Brown Please let that Kobe news be fake.. 2:42 PM
Zach Lavine I’m shook..... idk what to think right now 2:42 PM
Enes Kanter Someone please tell me this Kobe news ain’t real 2:42 PM
Gregory Smith Dawg I’m sick to my stomach. This can’t be real 2:43 PM
Chloe Jackson WHAT?!?!! No, no way😰 2:43 PM
Tianna Hawkins 😭😭😭😭😭 2:43 PM
Erica Wheeler No wayyyyyyyyy!!!! 2:43 PM
Paul George Quit playing 2:44 PM
Erica McCall My heart man, I’m really stressing 2:44 PM
Shayne Whittington Bro that can’t be true.. 2:44 PM
Danielle Robinson Yo this cannot be true. No way man. 2:44 PM
Evan Turner This shit can’t be real 2:44 PM
Jusuf Nurkic can’t be true NO😱 🤮🤮Kobe 💔💔 2:44 PM
Natalie Achonwa is this real?!? don’t play. 2:45 PM
Tiffany Mitchell Im sick 🥺 2:46 PM
Jared Sullinger Literally fighting back tears!!!! 2:46 PM
Mike Conley Man no! 2:46 PM
Jonas Jerebko This cant be true 2:46 PM
Kelsey Plum Somebody please tell us this isn’t true 2:46 PM
Shabazz Napier 😢 K824 ❤️ YOU 2:46 PM
Meyers Leonard Wow. 🙏🏼💔😢 Life is fragile. RIP Kobe. 2:46 PM
Trae Young This can’t be real.... 💔 2:47 PM
Andre Drummond This can’t be true ....... 2:47 PM
Amanda Zahui B I feel sick. 2:47 PM
Evan Fournier Nah man this cant be true 2:48 PM
Shane Larkin Plz God No. Not Kobe 2:48 PM
Marina Mabrey I’m praying this is not true 🥺 2:48 PM
Kahleah Copper NO. 2:48 PM
Rudy Gobert Can’t be real 2:49 PM
Dwyane Wade Nooooooooooo God please No! 2:50 PM
Alaina Coates STOP IT I KNOW YALL LYIN BOUT KOBE 😭😭😭😭😭 2:50 PM
Paul Pierce This is not real right now 2:51 PM
Nic Batum No no no please tell me this is not true. Not Kobe.... prayers to his wife, daughters and loved ones 2:51 PM
Ron Baker I’m sick, man... my goodness 😣 2:51 PM
Anthony Morrow This Shit Is Not Real. This Shit can’t be Real... This Ain’t Real 2:51 PM
Jayson Tatum Nooooooo cmon someone say it ain’t true... I’m sick to my stomach right now 2:52 PM
Shabazz Muhammad I’m sick 2:52 PM
Jose Barrea Kobe 🙏 2:52 PM
Vince Carter 🙏🏽🤦🏽‍♂️ RIP to a legend smh 2:53 PM
Quincy Pondexter Impossible. There’s no fucking way 2:53 PM
Trevor Booker This is a tough pill to swallow 2:54 PM
Elizabeth Williams Unreal. 2:54 PM
Scottie Pippen I’m stunned. Words can’t even come close to describing it. Just an incredibly sad and tragic day. 2:54 PM
Marcus Smart Please God no... 2:55 PM
Nick Calathes 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 2:55 PM
Tyler Herro Every team has to retire 24 2:55 PM
Binta Drammeh This can’t be real life. I’m so sick to my stomach... 2:55 PM
Krystal Thomas-Smith There’s just no way 😢 2:55 PM
Dorrell Wright 😪😪 2:56 PM
Marcin Gortat Please nooooooo!!!!! 2:56 PM
Asia Durr Man this can’t be true. It just can’t 😔 2:56 PM
Stefanie Dolson Wow. Wow. Wow. This can’t be real!!! 💔 2:56 PM
Thad Young No not Kobe... this is unreal... 2:56 PM
Bradley Beal God, we ALL need you! 2:56 PM
Marco Belinelli My hero 2:57 PM
Zach LaVine More then just basketball man he has 4 daughters... life is crazy. Thoughts and prayers to his family. 2:58 PM
Ja Morant this one hurt ... 2:58 PM
Chiney Ogwumike I am downtown in LA.. looking at Staples Center right now and I cannot even process this. 2:58 PM
Kiah Stokes My heart is broken. Rest in paradise Kobe. A legend gone way to soon 😭😩😩💔💔 2:59 PM
John Wall 💔🖤 2:59 PM
Norris Cole Wow!! Sad day for the Basketball community!! #blackmamba 3:00 PM
Manu Ginobili Devastated. 3:00 PM
Rudy Gobert Enjoy every single day people, we are always too worried about things that are actually not that important. Life is precious and you never know when it’s gonna end. 3:00 PM
Jamal Crawford No fucking way... no way, no way........ No way......... No way......no way...... I love you Kobe... 3:01 PM
Marcin Gortat Devastating news :((( completely speechless !! RIP legend .... 3:01 PM
Hedo Turkoglu It’s hard to believe 🙏🏻🙏🏻#KobeBryant 3:01 PM
Tony Allen We all mourn the death of Kobe Bryant. My heart goes out to his family. May he rest in peace. 🙏 3:02 PM
Jose Calderon Can't believe it, don't want to believe it! This is unreal! I cried when I saw the news! Thank you Kobe Bryant for everything you did for basketball and for who you were as a person. I'm gonna miss you! One of the saddest days...this one hurts a lot. 3:04 PM
Lexie Brown Kobe Bryant is the type of person that you think is going to live forever 😔💔 3:05 PM
Jonquel Jones Please tell me this Kobe story is fake 😢😢 3:06 PM
Cody Zeller Can’t believe this Kobe news! Life is so fragile! 3:07 PM
Thad Young This is devastating to not just his family but the world. My condolences to his family and loved ones. #ripkobe 3:07 PM
Karima Christmas-Kelly When they tell you life is short it never resonates until you see it happen to someone you know or someone familiar. 3:10 PM
Marcus Thornton The world hurting with this 1 damn mane unbelievable 3:11 PM
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough Whether or not you were a basketball fan, you knew the name Kobe Bryant. That’s impact. 3:11 PM
Kendrick Perkins Speechless.... 3:11 PM
Goran Dragic Peace and power to the Bryant family, and basketball lovers around the world. R.I.P 3:11 PM
Justin Hamilton RIP Kobe! Was a laker fan growing up because of you. Hug your loved ones tight, life is short 3:13 PM
Meyers Leonard Dear lord. Please tell me his daughters weren’t on the helicopter. Please. 3:14 PM
Joel Embiid Man I don’t even know where to start😭😭 I started playing ball because of KOBE after watching the 2010 finals. I had never watched ball before that and that finals was the turning point of my life. I WANTED TO BE LIKE KOBE. I’m so FREAKING SAD right now!!!! RIP LEGEND 3:15 PM
Tony Parker I’m heartbroken by this news, you were a true legend, and friend. Rest In Peace Kobe Bryant, my thoughts and prayers to his wife and kids 3:15 PM
A'ja Wilson numb 3:17 PM
Victoria Vivians Unreal! Meeting this guy was the best experience ever! For you to leave like this is upsetting! Thank you for the encouraging words you given me! Thanks for being a role model and my idol! Thank you for being who you are!God has a reason for everything! RIP Goat! 3:17 PM
Jamal Crawford Prayers to his family and all the families affected.. This hurt my heart. 3:18 PM
Spencer Hawes Rest in paradise Kobe. Prayers to the families of everyone on board. 3:18 PM
Alysha Clark My heart goes out to the Bryant family 💔💔🙏🏽🙏🏽 man. 3:18 PM
Malcolm Delaney Idk bout any other hoopers but this Kobe thing got my body feeling weird. Meant so much to the game and the future of men’s and women’s basketball. I always envisioned Kobe being the bill Russell on the sidelines. Old and being around the game forever sharing knowledge. 3:23 PM
Tim Hardaway Jr RIP to an ICON!!!🙏🏾 Just devastating 3:25 PM
Greivis Vasquez My idol... #MambaMentality #RIP I still can’t believe it. My condolences to his family. 3:26 PM
Shavonte Zellous To think your life can be gone in a sec is crazy to me. I’m sick right now really 3:27 PM
Jessica Shepard I’ll never forget literally running into Kobe before the Final 4....was one of my favorite memories. Prayers to Kobe’s family! 3:28 PM
Tristan Thompson RIP KOBE 😥😥😥 I can’t believe this is true. I’m at a loss for words 😥 3:31 PM
Lorenzo Brown Life is so unfair sometime 💔 3:31 PM
Robert Covington This can’t be real 😭. We lost a legend The only time I got to go against you in my career. Thank you mamba 3:34 PM
Langston Galloway Mannnnnn I’m sick right now. Cant believe what I’m hearing. Losing a ICON like this is tough. Kobe RIP 3:34 PM
Jimmer Fredette Such a sad day. RIP to a legend. He was an inspiration to so many including myself. Prayers to his loved ones right now. 3:35 PM
Emmanuel Mudiay It’s not even about basketball at this moment, May God be with your family 🙏🏾 thank you for all the words. #RIP #kobe #8 #24 3:35 PM
Meyers Leonard I had the honor to shake Kobe’s hand before my first ever NBA game. The man was a legend and that is a moment I will never forget. Prayers to his family and friends. Life is fragile. 🙏🏼 3:36 PM
Gregory Smith My Greatest memory in my basketball career was having a chance to go up against Kobe. The 🐐 and now I’m sick to my stomach this shyt hurts. Praying for your wife and kids!! 🙏🏾🙏🏾 3:37 PM
Bismack Biyombo Devastated to hear the news about Kobe Bryant. He was the best to ever do it. Praying for the Bryant family during this difficult time. Your legacy will live forever, you inspired and transformed a lot of us 😢😥😔 3:38 PM
Hedo Turkoglu Rest In Peace brother #KobeBryant 3:40 PM
Jared Dudley Speechless on this plane ride home! A sad day bruh! RIP Kobe Bean Bryant! Prayers go to his family and loved ones 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 This doesn’t even feel real man.. 3:43 PM
Mike Miller Don’t know where to begin.. Thoughts and prayers out to the Bryant Family 🙏 3:46 PM
Tristan Thompson NOOOO MAN!!!! Not his daughter 😥 i’m sick to my stomach. 3:49 PM
Ricky Ledo His daughter too smh rip young queen !!! 3:51 PM
Andre Drummond Rip Kobe Bryant 😔 doesn’t feel real.... my heart goes out to his family and loved ones 🦋 3:52 PM
Mario Chalmers Prayers out to the whole Bryant family....can’t even imagine how Vanessa is feeling right now.....cherish your love ones folks 3:54 PM
Jason Terry My brother words cannot express what you meant to the lives of many. Prayers to the Bryant family #MambaForever #GoneTooSoon #24#8 rest peacefully 3:57 PM
Ian Clark I started because of you.... thank you Kobe. 🙏🏾 3:59 PM
Luka Doncic 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏 This is so sad! RIP 💔💔💔
Javale McGee Condolences to his wife and beautiful family. 🙏🏽 4:04 PM
Nene Hilario 😢 I still can’t believe this is actually true ... My sincere condolences to Bryant family , may the sprit of God bring you the comfort in such tough moment... RIP Kobe Bryant #nbafamily #MambaForever #loveyouKobe 4:05 PM
Marcus Smart I couldn’t guard him. No one could. He’s an All-Star in Heaven too. Praying for the whole family. I’m in shock. 4:15 PM
Kendrick Perkins [Directed at Kevin Durant] Just wanted to tell you I Love you my brother and whatever I did to hurt you I’m sorry bro and hope you forgive me!!! I love you bro real Talk! 4:20 PM
Bogdan Bogdanovic I just lost my basketball father, there is no one that has impacted my game more than you Kobe... so sad and tragic. #restinpeace #8 #24
Nikola Vucevic Praying for the Bryant family! Can’t imagine what they are going through now... Rest in Peace Kobe and Gigi... 💔💔💔 4:23 PM
Jared Sullinger To that other player and parent that haven’t been confirm yet. We are praying for your family too. Your not forgotten... may God be with your family in this time... 4:27 PM
Zach LaVine You were one of the biggest influences on me and so many others. From your hard work, to your swag, your mindset made you BIGGER than basketball. Unbelievable loss. My condolences to you and your beautiful family. 4:39 PM
Gorgui Deng prayers to his family 🙏🏿 #ripKobe 4:43 PM
Alexis Ajinca I’m really lost for words R.I.P Kobe keep praying for his family and the other family passengers 4:46 PM
Omri Casspi Speechless. 🥺 4:48 PM
Mike Conley Words are tough to find right now. Truly heart broken and praying for each family involved. It was an honor to compete against you. 4:53 PM
Nikola Mirotic Profundamente afectado por la muerte de Kobe Bryant y su hija. Pasará a la historia como uno de los más grandes de nuestro deporte. En las que fueron sus palabras: “los héroes van y vienen, las leyendas son para siempre”. 4:59 PM
George Hill This news today was gut wrenching. Kobe Bryant you were our Jordan of our generation. Thank you for the memories and for all that you instilled in today’s game. R.I.P. To you and everyone else involved today. Prayers to your wife and your family and kids.. #MambaForever 5:01 PM
Henry Walker RIP to the best player i’ve ever played against!!! He made a kid from West Virgina believe he could make it too with some hard work and dedication!!! #24/8 #MambaMentality 5:11 PM
George Hill I was thrown in the fire since day one of my rookie year. Toughest task of my career. Learned a lot. Thanks for what you instilled in me the drive, toughness the will to compete every possession. These times will never be forgotten Thanks #MambaForever #RIPMAMBA 5:12 PM
Al Horford I’m hurt 😞 5:18 PM
Derek Fisher Struggling to process what is now a reality. Kobe’s life after basketball was just beginning and his second act was going to be even greater. His legacy, Gigi’s legacy both will live on forever!


Player Comment
Shawn Marion Rest in peace King
CJ Watson I remember you speaking to all the campers at ABCD camp and that’s when my dream of actually making it to the NBA started to begin. Seeing a person I looked up to and watch kill it at the highest level was eye opening. To practicing moves just like you and wearing clothes like you. I wanted to be like you when I was in high school and some coaches comparing me to you when I knew I wasn’t no where near your greatness. To seeing you write books and winning an Oscar for your short film. Inspiring me to write books. You inspired me to strive for greatness. Your competitiveness was at an all time high in everything you did. My favorite player ever nobody can compare. Prayers to his family and children
Mario Chalmers I don’t wanna believe it....u meant so much to the basketball community and to me as a person/player.....RIP KOBE
Anthony Tolliver RIP to the legend...you inspired millions on and off the court. Thank you for your life and influence. “The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do”-
Deron Williams Loss for words right now! The greatest competitor i have ever gone up against and played with. Learned so much from watching you play as a kid. Could never get past you in the playoffs in the west. But had the honor of playing beside you in two Olympics. Can’t believe you are gone. 🙏🏽 for Vanessa Bryant and their whole family. #mambamentality🐍
Grant Williams Legend gone too soon...One of the most inspirational players of my lifetime and a person who’s dedication and drive can be translated to any part of life. Mamba mentality will live on forever and we’ll never forget…
Quincy Pondexter Kobe Bean Bryant. Heartbroken doesn’t do this feeling justice. If you know me, you know how much I obsessed about Kobe every single day! Greatest of all time! God be with his family. Immortal Mamba forever
Jason Smith Rip Kobe Bryant...
Evan Turner Most people will remember you for your tenacity, all your unreal feats, and being the Black Mamba. But I’ll always remember you for taking time out your day when you seen me to ask how I was doing and how my mother was doing, as well. Things like this never makes sense and I don’t want to accept it but I’ll always remember you to be a genuine soul that lived with no ceilings. Thank you, Kobe
Austin Daye You were an inspiration to every person I know!! 😔😢 #ripkobe🕊 #mambamentalityforever🐍 #8 #24
Bruno Caboclo Thank you Kobe 😭🙏🏽
Carlos Boozer Can’t believe this... Struggling to find the words.. Thank you for everything you taught us big bro... We Love You Kobe... #RIP #MAMBA4EVER #HOLDAT 😢
Beno Udrih #rip 😢
Deron Williams Not their baby too 💔......... 🙏🏽 for everyone on the helicopter and their families.
Will Bynum Devastated... special prayers to his family. Pain is something I’m learning to embrace. This is hard tho. Inspiration is the highest human act and u inspired a world of humans much love and respect. #ripkobe
Spencer Dinwiddie Proudest moment in my career. RIP
Blake Griffin Very few people actually transcend the word “iconic” and you are one of them. You will be missed #8 #24
Quincy Acy Man my Heart is Heavy, Prayers for his wife and Daughters during this rough time, Rest In Peace to the Legend Kobe and young Queen Gianna 🙏🏿🙏🏿
Luka Doncic Not you!! RIP mamba! thank you for everything you showed and did for the world!! 🙏🙏🙏💔
Andrew Wiggins I grew up watching and admiring your game. Your impact goes beyond the basketball court from the way you carried yourself, and how you were with your family. It was an honor and privilege to get the opportunity to compete with you and even hear the way you spoke about me at such a young age in my career. My condolences goes out to the whole Bryant Family, friends, and loved ones of both Kobe and Gigi ❤️.
Lamar Odom 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 fatheson, 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 💔🙏🏿😥


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2017.02.04 16:25 WakaFlockaGeese Para ganhar, o Benfica tem de matar a alegria e sentir-se miserável: texto na Tribuna do Expresso escrito por Manuel Neves

“For alarmingly large chunks of an average day, I am a moron.” - Nick Hornby, Fever Pitch
Tenho vergonha de confessar isso, mas adormeço sempre bem, excepto quando o Benfica perde. A minha mulher goza-me, fica espantada com a minha capacidade de demorar dez segundos do beijo de boa noite ao ressonar, mas sou assim. Excepto quando o Benfica não ganha. Aí, deito-me irritado, fico a olhar para o tecto a rever jogadas mentalmente, a imaginar outras combinações, a sonhar acordado com jogadas que dariam golo.
Para irritação da pessoa que dorme comigo, adormeço bem mesmo se o meu filho não tem a roupa pronta para amanhã ou se não há fruta para a sobremesa dele. Mas quando o Benfica não ganha, fico a analisar os erros, os movimentos, as saídas de bola que não correm bem, a péssima forma física do Pizzi, o desastre que é o Lindelöf com cabelo e a central esquerdo, o ridículo de não termos comprado um número 8 desde a saída do Renato.
Depois, adormeço e acordo a meio da noite, com a vã esperança de que tudo foi um sonho e que hoje é madrugada de domingo para segunda e o Benfica só joga à noite – até perceber que são mesmo 4 da manhã de segunda-feira, o meu filho está a chorar e eu estou irritado porque o Benfica não ganhou.
Peço desculpa, não me apresentei. O meu nome é Manuel Neves e sou adepto do Benfica. Não tenho nenhuma função no clube, para além do meu lugar anual, e vivo obcecado com que o Benfica ganhe. Todo o tempo em que a minha cabeça não tem que estar a pensar nos mínimos olímpicos para a manutenção da minha vida profissional e familiar, estou a pensar no meu clube. Sem parar. E em dias como o de segunda-feira, depois do Benfica perder contra o Setúbal, toma conta de mim um vazio, porque percebo que o mundo e a vida não fazem sentido quando o Benfica não ganha, e porque tenho a vaga impressão que no meu clube nem toda a gente pensa e vive obcecada em ganhar como eu. E isso é uma coisa que me transtorna mais do que a eleição de Trump. E não há nada pior para um paranóico como eu do que ser efectivamente perseguido.
"Tristeza não tem fim, felicidade sim" - Tom Jobim
O meu problema com o Benfica, confesso, é a sua felicidade. O meu clube é o clube da alegria. O nosso cântico mais famoso é um grito acelerado das nossas sílabas, sem espaços, até ficarmos sem fôlego: “SLB! SLB! SLB! SLB! SLB!” seguido de um “GLORIOSO!”, que é uma exclamação sem mais, porque não há necessidade de explicar de quem é a glória, de tão óbvio que é.
O Benfica é uma alucinação contínua de vermelho, de pessoas que viveram convencidas que Nuno Gomes era sequer comparável a Jardel, de adeptos que só agora perceberam que Akwa não foi o novo Eusébio, e que é provável que Makukula também já lá não chegue.
Ser do Benfica é ter acreditado que íamos ganhar ao Porto com Ronaldo, Paulo Madeira ou com Rojas e Sérgio Nunes (eu era um deles). Quando entramos na Luz, há pessoas que sem nos conhecerem de lado nenhum gritam: "É O BENFICA!". Mas é o Benfica o quê? E é este o clube que eu, um adepto com alma de treinador, que vive pessimista e a achar que tudo vai correr tão mal como no outro dia, amo profundamente e para sempre.
É esta a minha cruz: acho sempre que vai correr tudo mal a um clube cuja idiossincrasia é acreditar piamente que vai ganhar sempre, não importando se temos Bossio na baliza ou Celis no meio-campo. Somos o Benfica, portanto é suposto que no fim corra bem, vá-se lá saber porquê.
Apesar do meu ateísmo, a matriz judaico-cristã inculcou em mim este complexo de culpa: eu atribuo as culpas de todos os nossos desaires a esta felicidade. Há algo dentro de mim que acredita que se todos os benfiquistas fossem duros e meticulosos nas análises como eu, este clube seria mais exigente e iria mais longe. Mesmo com sete pontos de avanço para o Porto (na altura menos para o Sporting), era fácil intuir que nos faltava um número 8 (comprámos Rafa, Cervi e Zivkovic – todos excelentes – para colmatar a saída de Gaitan e para o centro nada), dado que em 2014/2015 Pizzi chegou para as encomendas por muito pouco.
Mesmo com a equipa em primeiro e a ganhar duas vezes em Guimarães, os métodos defensivos que Rui Vitória herdou de Jesus pareciam-me cada vez piores - e não me deixei convencer pelos elogios de Pep Guardiola, comparando-nos a Sacchi. Aliás, acho uma heresia comparar o mestre Arrigo a um treinador que tem de beber água antes de cada canto contra nós porque acredita que isso é que vai tirar dali a bola.
É como comparar um doutorado em meteorologia com um gajo que leva sempre guarda-chuva porque a Tia Amélia lhe disse que tinha dores nas artroses.
Rui Vitória é um tipo simpático a quem, de facto, foi dado um Ferrari e que pode ser campeão ainda este ano porque está a correr contra Fiats em terceira mão. Mas isso não lhe dá particular mérito. E se nós, Benfiquistas, não estivéssemos sempre felizes, talvez víssemos que falta uma peça ao Ferrari (um número 8 à Enzo ou Renato) e que o condutor até pode chegar ao fim em primeiro, mas com um a sério estávamos a dar voltas de avanço.
Ainda por cima, este ano não podemos contar com os discursos motivacionais de Jorge Jesus (que está ocupado a culpar Adrien e William pelos resultados da equipa) para colmatar as óbvias deficiências tácticas que já tínhamos e que as vitórias esconderam.
Mas se num clube normal ir em primeiro ilude, no Benfica cega. Achou-se que tudo estava controlado e que o tetra ia ser um passeio. Cachecóis ao vento e bazófia do tamanho do terceiro anel. De repente, temos só um ponto de avanço, Pizzi e Jonas estão com a forma física de Cavaco Silva, Grimaldo lesionou-se há tanto tempo que não me lembro se era o nosso defesa-esquerdo titular ou se era suplente do Veloso e finalmente acenderam-se os alarmes. Hate to say "I told you so", but... I told you so.
"In "Confessions of a Winning Poker Player," Jack King said, "Few players recall big pots they have won, strange as it seems, but every player can remember with remarkable accuracy the outstanding tough beats of his career." Matt Damon, em Rounders
No mundo em que eu quero viver, o Benfica era campeão todos os anos. Às vezes ponho-me a sonhar e penso: “Fazíamos o tetra, ficávamos com 36 depois o Porto ganhava um, ficava com 28 e nós logo um tri e íamos para 39 e...” e uma voz grita-me: “Porra, um título do Porto? Que é que correu mal?!” e imagino os Aliados cheios e o Carlos Abreu Amorim a falar e reformulo. “Fazemos o penta, ficamos com 37 depois o Sporting ganha um e fica com 19, mas nas cabeças deles até pode ser mais, e nós fazemos um tetra e...” - e vem a voz. “Um dos lagartos? Mas assim só faziam 16 anos sem ganhar! Queremos as bodas de prata sem campeonatos!”.
Até que a minha cabeça lá cede e pensa: “Yaaa, ganhávamos TODOS os anos. TODOS.” E sorrio.
O mundo seria, finalmente, perfeito.
É possível que eu exagere no meu grau de loucura e exigência, mas era isto que eu queria. E para isso acontecer, acredito piamente que tínhamos que matar esta alegria intrínseca de ser Benfiquista.
O Benfica tem que ser a máquina de guerra que foi no 3-1 para a Taça em 2013/2014 contra o Porto e durante toda a segunda volta da época passada contra o Sporting.
Ganhar tem que ser uma urgência, uma necessidade tão importante como respirar. Ganhar devia ser, para as pessoas que trabalham no Benfica, uma obsessão que os deixasse sem dormir. Sonho com um clube hiperprofissional, preocupado com a minha felicidade e bem estar mental (porque é isso que está em jogo) e que não me enfiasse o Filipe Augusto Mendes pela goela abaixo dia 31 de Janeiro.
Preciso de um treinador que acredite que o melhor método defensivo para um canto não é beber uma garrafa - quero Sarri, o treinador do Nápoles, com aqueles olhos de quem só vê futebol e com aquela ponta de cigarrilha no casaco, de quem fuma sempre que um avançado falha um golo fácil.
Quero um clube em que, volta e meia, toda a gente seja obrigada a ver o golo do Kelvin para nos lembrarmos do que é estar na lama para não querer lá voltar.
Imaginar que alguém no Benfica baixa a guarda durante um dia que seja é, para mim, como imaginar um cirurgião a operar sem luvas só uma vez porque “o que é que pode correr mal?”.
Creo que está claro que hemos ganado un punto” Luis Enrique, treinador do Barcelona, após empatar com o Betis, tendo tido um golo escandalosamente invalidado e depois de uma exibição horrível.
Forçámos de todas as maneiras e feitios” Arnaldo Teixeira, treinador adjunto do Benfica, referindo-se a qualquer coisa que não o processo ofensivo do meu clube, suponho.
"Só a verdade é revolucionária" António Gramsci
É deprimente para mim fazer este papel, o de tipo que só aparece nas derrotas, como se as desejasse, mas não é esse o objectivo.
Não tenho amarguras contra ninguém e devo a Rui Vitória, um treinador que não consigo respeitar e que me parece uma pessoa que à noite vê novelas da TVI em vez de estar a estudar futebol, o título mais saboroso de sempre.
O meu problema é que vejo no Benfica uma daquelas crianças que come demasiados doces e está sempre feliz e a brincar sem cuidado nenhum, aos pulos entre sofás, a fazer equilibrismo numa cadeira só com um pé (“Olha só pai, agora só com um pé! Agora sem médios centro! Agora a ter como plano B mandar um central para a área nos dois últimos minutos de desconto e passando o Jonas para o meio-campo!”) e eu sou aquele pai que passa a vida a dizer “tem cuidado”, “está quieto”, “olha que partes a cabeça”.
Quando se ganha um campeonato com uma sorte impressionante (revejam o lance do nosso golo ao Boavista o ano passado, a carambola que nos dá a vitória em Vila do Conde, lembrem-se de Arnold a falhar o 2-2 na Luz pelo Setúbal e - pausa, pausa - uma ronda de aplausos para o eterno Bryan Ruiz e o seu lance espectacular e admitam-no nem que seja para vocês), ninguém nos ouve.
É como se a criança tivesse nascido para ginasta e está tudo na sala a bater palmas e ninguém ouve o pai (“Está calado, pá! Que chato! Dá-lhe, puto! CARREGA BENFICA!”). Mas quando a criança bate com a cabeça no canto da mesa, ninguém nos olha na cara porque não nos querem dar razão.
O Benfica tinha problemas mesmo quando foi campeão (sobretudo nas duas últimas épocas), e falar disso não nos faz menos Benfiquistas e é essa a cultura que eu quero.
Para chegarmos ao tetra e não vermos o Mal vencer, importa, de uma vez por todas, matar a bazófia, escrutinar cada erro e tomar conta do Benfica como se fosse um filho que já esteve nas drogas ou, pior, em Maio de 2013, e não como um mimado que acha que tem direito a tudo, quanto mais a fazer equilibrismo com um só pé na cadeira.
Há que exigir, exigir e exigir. Uma oportunidade histórica para o tetra não pode morrer aos braços da bazófia, do acreditar que um treinador que só diz banalidades e repete várias vezes “a família benfiquista” é suficiente.
O diagnóstico, para mim, é esse: temos que matar a alegria.
A alegria, as festas e os gritos devem vir lá para abril ou maio e aí sim, devem ser completos, com loucura, gente a abraçar-se na rua, a cantar e a dançar, celebrando esta magia que é ser do Benfica. E aí sim, eu dormirei bem.
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