The passing of Kobe Bryant has shocked the sports world, including members of the Phillies
Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest players in the history of the NBA, died Sunday morning in a helicopter crash in California, first reported by TMZ and confirmed by multiple outlets.
Bryant grew up in the Philadelphia region, playing a historic career at Lower Merion High School.
A five-time champion, Bryant made 18 All-Star games, an MVP, a two-time scoring champion, and scored the fourth-most points in NBA history.
Current and former members of the Phillies organization and players across the city tweeted their condolences to Bryant’s family when news of the crash became official.
Former Phillies minor leaguer Nick Rickles honored Bryant with a fitting quote from the movie Sandlot.
Sixers All-Star Joel Embiid, who didn’t play on Saturday night when Bryant was in attendance at the 76ers/Lakers game, also expressed his sadness over the news.
The news has rocked the entire globe, not just those who follow the NBA or sports in general. Unfortunately, Phillies fans have felt a similar pain after learning of Roy Halladay’s untimely death after a plane crash off the coast of Florida before he could see himself being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
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