- From staff and wire reports

NBA commission­er Adam Silver in a statement: “For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning. He was one of the most extraordin­ary players in the history of our game.”

Former Lakers star Shaquille O’Neal on Twitter: “There’s no words to express the pain Im going through with this tragedy of loosing my neice Gigi & my brother @kobebryant I love u and u will be missed. My condolence­s goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW”

Former President Barack Obama on Twitter: “Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreak­ing to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkabl­e day.”

Former Lakers star Kareem AbdulJabba­r on Twitter: “Kobe was an incredible family man. He loved his wife and daughters. He was an incredible athlete and a leader in a lot of ways. He inspired a generation of young athletes.”

76ers star Joel Embiid on Twitter: “I started playing ball because of KOBE after watching the 2010 finals. I had never watched ball before that and that finals was the turning point of my life. I WANTED TO BE LIKE KOBE. I’m so FREAKING SAD right now !!!! RIP LEGEND”

President Donald Trump: “Reports are that basketball great Kobe Bryant and three others have been killed in a helicopter crash in California. That is terrible news!”

Clippers coach Doc Rivers on TV: “He meant a lot to me, obviously. He was such a great opponent. It’s what you want in sports. He had that DNA that very few athletes ever had.”

Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky on Twitter: “Janet and I have no words to describe our shock and sadness on the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant today. Praying for him and his family.”

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio on Twitter: “Kobe was truly larger than life, a legend. May he and all those who lost their lives today rest in peace. Love and condolence­s to his family. LA will never be the same.”

The National Basketball Players Associatio­n in a statement: “We are stunned and devastated by the news of the sudden passing of Kobe Bryant. Words cannot express his impact on our Players, the NBA and the game of basketball. This is a monumental loss for the entire basketball community and our hearts are quite simply broken. We send love and prayers out to his wife Vanessa and the entire family.”


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