Celtics release statement on the passing of Kobe Bryant

Nick Friar
January 26, 2020 - 5:51 pm

The basketball world suffered a huge loss with the passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, as well as one of her teammates and a parent of that teammate.

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Players across the league have reacted to the passing of Bryant, including Celtics players. Coaches have spoken about it, as well.

“He’s one of the guys that probably broke the hearts of the Celtics more than anybody that’s ever played,” Brad Stevens said to reporters in New Orleans. “And in his last year, our guys were all sneaking around, getting his shoe signed just like everybody else. I know a lot of our staff did, too. It’s just … it’s so sad.”

The Celtics released the following statement on Bryant’s passing:

“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. Our fans were fortunate to watch him as he contributed many memorable chapters to the Celtics-Lakers rivalry, which he treasured. We extend our deepest condolences to Kobe’s family, fans, and the entire Lakers organization, as well as all of the victims and families affected by this horrible tragedy.”

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