Paul Pierce Reacts To Kobe Bryant’s Tragic Death
Paul Pierce reacted to Kobe Bryant’s tragic death on Sunday.
The entire sports would is in mourning today after the death of a Los Angeles Lakers icon.
Bryant died in a helicopter crash at the age of 41.
Pierce, a Los Angeles-bred Boston Celtics legend who played against him for years, was one of the first people to speak out.
“This is not real right now,” he tweeted out.
This is not real right now
— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) January 26, 2020
One day earlier, LeBron James perfectly described what Bryant meant to the basketball-watching community.
“It’s another guy that I looked up to when I was in grade school and high school,” James said.
“Seeing him come straight out of high school, he is someone that I used as inspiration. It was like, wow. Seeing a kid, 17 years old, come into the NBA and trying to make an impact on a franchise, I used it as motivation.
“He helped me before he even knew of me because of what he was able to do. So, just to be able to, at this point of my career, to share the same jersey that he wore, be with this historical franchise and just represent the purple and gold, it’s very humbling and it’s dope.
“Kobe’s a legend, that’s for damn sure.”
Bryant was among four people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.
According to TMZ, his wife Vanessa was not one of the people on board the flight.
It remains unclear at this point who else was on board with Bryant at the time of the crash.
The other four people have yet to be identified.