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How rockets react to Kobe Bryant’s death..

Just before the Rockets tipped off in Denver on Sunday, the team got news that NBA legend Kobe Bryant, along with his 13-year-old daughter and seven other people, were killed in a helicopter crash in Southern California.

After the Rockets lost to the Nuggets, players and head coach Mike D’Antoni were asked about the news.

Here’s what they said:

You know, he’s one of the greatest players to ever play the game and more importantly, just from what he’s meant for the youth basketball and in sports. I’ve got to be honest, I’m a competitor and obviously we cared about losing tonight. But I got to be honest with you, it just wasn’t on my mind when we lost the game. I go back to reality and the facts are we lost somebody that meant so much to all of us. And then you hear about his daughter, as a father. I have said many prayers for that family and I will continue to do so. It looked like he was the happiest he’s ever been. After basketball, he and Gigi’s relationship was, I mean, everybody saw it. That’s all he posted about. And this was tough, I don’t know how we played today. I would start thinking about the game and then it would just snap back into my mind. I don’t get to play tomorrow and I’m sure Utah would do a tribute and at this pain is not going away any time soon. You don’t have to be a basketball fan to feel this the most competitive athletes, iconic athletes. And honestly, to be completely honest, more so as a father, what he’s meant to that family. Vanessa and the kids and may he rest in peace. This is, this is tough.

I mean, this is devastating. And this one hurt to the core, to hear news like that before the game. It was tough to stay focused, it was, I mean, it was tough. It was I mean, it’s just tough to hear news like that before the game. Guy, you admire how you looked up to. And, you know, I just wish all the families they know they need all the support that they can get. I mean, all the support they get. That’s just the toughest. So devastated. That’s the toughest thing you could ever deal with. We even had the same agent, and talked to him as I was a rookie and worked out with him a few times and like I knew his family. So. You know, the best thing you know, after basketball, he’s showing that he was being a dad and being with his family. You know, his girls were playing basketball and so he was doing the things that he’s supposed to do. And for us to hear this news is. I’m telling you it hurts to the core.

Yeah, and I was pretty somber. It was before the game, you know, with devastating news is just as shook. A lot. Um, you know, obviously our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and Vanessa and the kids and just an unbelievable tragedy. Well, I mean, it’s just like with everybody. He’s one of the greatest players ever. An unbelievable competitor. I earned everything, every accolade he got, he earned. He just kept coming at you. There won’t be many like him, that’s for sure.


Check out some of Bryant’s Grammy honors you might have miss..

The Grammy Awards have included plenty of sincere and big tributes to Kobe Bryant on the day of the NBA star’s death, but there were many more subtle ones too.

Billy Ray Cyrus’ guitar had “#24,” Bryant’s number, on his guitar and Lil Nas X had a Bryant jersey draped over a chair at the beginning of their performance of “Old Town Road” during the Grammys on Sunday at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the arena where Bryant played most of his career.

Run-DMC member Joseph “Run” Simmons” held up a white Bryant Jersey during their performance of “Walk This Way” with Aerosmith.

And Lizzo, who dedicated the show to Bryant when she opened it with a performance, accepted the Grammy for best pop solo performance without invoking his name. She simply said that today she realized that after being lost in her own problems all week, she realized that “in an instant all of that can go away.”

Throughout the evening, the Los Angeles Lakers jerseys belonging to Bryant were illuminated as they hung inside the Staples Center.

A tribute to the late Nipsey Hussle also included tribute to Bryant. The tribute performance ended with DJ Khaled shouting out the names of Hussle along with those of Kobe Bryant and Bryant’s daughter Gianna.

Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men had everyone in tears right at the start of the Grammys with their tribute to Kobe Bryant.

The 41-year-old Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash just outside of Los Angeles earlier Sunday.



{Videos} Former Baseball captain, wife and daughter died together with Kobe in the helicopter..

Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant was among 9 people killed in a helicopter crash in California Sunday. We’ve also learned that a baseball coach, who played his college ball in Houston was also on that chopper.

Orange Coast College confirmed to the Orange County Register that John Altobelli was killed in the crash. Altobelli’s brother, Tony, is the sports information director at the school. He said his 56-year-old brother died along with his wife, Keri, and daughter, Alyssa, who was about 13 and played on the same basketball team as Bryant’s daughter, Gianna, the Associated Press reports.

According to the school’s website, Altobelli was in his 24th season there, which was longer than any other coach in school history.

As a player, Altobelli was an outfielder and two-year starter at the University of Houston in the 1980s. He was also a team captain. Altobelli earned his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from UH and was also a graduate assistant at the school. He came to Houston after stints at Newport Harbor and Golden West College in the 80s.

Altobelli played one year of professional baseball with the Miami Marlins of the Florida State League.

Statement from University of Houston Vice President for Athletics Chris Pezman
“The Houston Athletics family is saddened today by the passing of John Altobelli. John served as a team captain for our baseball program during his time as a student-athlete at UH and worked tirelessly as a coach at Orange Coast College for the last 28 years, developing many players that had the opportunity to play for our university. Our thoughts and prayers will be with John’s family in the days ahead.”

Orange Coast College released a statement on the passing of Altobelli. It is below.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of Orange Coast College head baseball coach John Altobelli. He was a coach, a colleague, a mentor and a friend at OCC for 27 years.

John meant so much to not only Orange Coast College, but to baseball,” says Coast Athletic Director Jason Kehler. “He truly personified what it means to be a baseball coach. The passion that he put into the game, but more importantly his athletes, was second to none – he treated them like family. Our deepest condolences go out to the Altobelli family during this time of tragedy.”

Altobelli led the Pirates to numerous conference and state championship titles, notching more than 700 wins during his career and four state championships. In 2019, he was honored by the American Baseball Coaches Association as an ABCA/Diamond National Coach of the Year, a testament to his incredible work ethic and passion for the game. “Coach Alto” was a mentor to his players, often playing a key role in positioning student athletes to obtain scholarships to play at the four-year level.

“We have lost a member of our OCC family, and our hearts are broken,” says OCC President Angelica Suarez. “Coach Altobelli was a giant on our campus – a beloved teacher, coach, colleague and friend. This is a tremendous loss for our campus community.”

Orange Coast College asks the media and the public to respect the privacy of John’s family and friends during this difficult time. All media inquiries should be directed to Juan Gutierrez at (714) 432-5725 or jgutierrez@occ.cccd.edu”

We’re working to learn more about Altobelli and will post it here when we know it.



African sport men and women pays tribute to Kobe Bryant..

African sportsmen and women have shared their tributes after the death of US basketball player Kobe Bryant.

The retired LA Lakers player died on Sunday in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles, aged 41.

His daughter Gianna was among other passengers on the plane who died in the crash.

Democratic Republic of Congo’s basketball player Bismack Biyombo tweeted:


Kim Kardashian reacts to Kobe, Gianna’s death says ‘I cry’..

Kim Kardashian has reacted to the death of Basketball Legend, Kobe Bryant.

Kobe on Sunday, died after the helicopter he was traveling on, crashed in Calabasas, California.

The Basketball Legend who was aged 41, died alongside his daughter, Gianna, 13 and 7 others.

Kim Kardashian, 39, wrote in a message that her ‘heart is so heavy’ she couldn’t ‘imagine’ what Vanessa, wife to Kobe Bryant is going through.

The mother of four posting on her Twitter and Instagram accounts: “My heart is so heavy. No one should ever experience what the families involved are going through. This has affected us all so much but I cannot begin to imagine what Vanessa is feeling losing her husband and her baby girl. I cry just thinking about it.”



Kobe, na you kill yourself – Instagram comedian, Mr. Jollof..

Nigerian Instagram comedian cum politician, Freedom Astepoyi also known as Mr. Jollof has ignited the wrath of social media users due to the comment he made regarding the tragic death of former NBA Star, Kobe Bryant.

Mr. Jollof, who has carved a niche for himself as a social media ranter, took to his Instagram page to react to the death of the star and in doing so, insinuated that Kobe caused his own death by acquiring the helicopter in the first place.

However, in an effort to save face, he deleted the video but that was not after the video was saved and shared on social media and as such, he’s currently facing a backlash for his comment



I would have died in place of Byrant – Lamar Odom pens..

Former NBA star, Lamar Odom has penned down an emotional post to Kobe Bryant who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday January 26 alongside his daughter, Gianna and 7 others.

Sharing a photo with the late Basketball legend as teammates at Lakers, Lamar disclosed that Kobe taught him so many things which were necessary in life on and off the basketball court. He added that their relationship was like that of a teacher and a brother. Odom also compared Bryant’s death to the loss of his 6½-month-old son in 2009.

According to Lamar, if God had come to him when he was in coma and said he would take him and spare Kobe Bryant, he would have been okay with that.

He wrote 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