Monday’s Mashup: Kendrick Perkins apologizes to Kevin Durant after Kobe Bryant’s death

Lucy Burdge
January 27, 2020 - 7:28 am

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-- While a flood of current and former athletes paid tribute to Kobe Bryant after his shocking death on Sunday, Kendrick Perkins used the moment to settle a beef with Kevin Durant. 

Realizing that life is short, Perkins tweeted to Durant to apologize for a Twitter dispute involving the two earlier this month. Perkins had blasted Durant for joining the Warriors, saying he "did the weakest move in NBA history."

In his apology tweet on Sunday, Perkins told Durant he loves him.

Perkins also tweeted about his shock and sadness following Bryant’s death.

-- It was initially reported that Rick Fox was among those killed in the helicopter crash that took the life of Bryant and nine others but that turned out to be false and Fox was not even on board the helicopter. 

Fox’s stepdaughter confirmed on Sunday he is, in fact, alive, before Fox himself tweeted condolences to Bryant’s family. 

“Kobe and Gianna may your souls and the souls of the others who were with you Rest In Peace,” he wrote. “My condolences and prayers go out to Kobe’s wife Vanessa, his daughters and the Bryant Family. I Love You Kobe and will miss you dearly.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “There are no words that can convey the heartbreak the entire Celtics organization feels in the wake of the terrible loss of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna. Kobe was one of the greatest talents and competitors to ever play basketball, and his love of the sport inspired countless fans and players around the world.” -- The Celtics, in a statement on the death of Kobe Bryant