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Warriors players react to Kobe Bryant's tragic death in helicopter crash

Warriors players react to Kobe Bryant's tragic death in helicopter crash

The NBA world is mourning the loss of a legend. Kobe Bryant died Sunday at 41 years old in a helicopter crash over the Calabasas hills, the NBA confirmed. 

Warriors players past and present mourned the former Los Angeles Lakers star when news broke of Kobe's passing. 

Bryant played 20 seasons for the Lakers. He was a five-time NBA champion, 18-time All-Star and is fourth on the all-time scoring list with 33,643 points. 

Golden State issued the following statement on Sunday. 

The Lakers retired Bryant's Nos. 8 and 24 jerseys at halftime of their game against the Warriors on Dec. 18, 2017. 

Warriors rookie Eric Paschall tries to answer some wild brain busters

Warriors rookie Eric Paschall tries to answer some wild brain busters

NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago is about more than just what happens on the court. The shenanigans away from the game shine just as bright. And with that come some oddities. 

That includes questions like, "What color is a mirror?" 

That one stumped Warriors rookie Eric Paschall as he let out a high-pitched "huh" in confusion. ESPN asked Paschall and a handful of other players around the league an assortment of brain busters that gave us some hilarious answers. 

Paschall did have the perfect response to being asked, "If humans can't see air, can fish see water?" 

After laughing, Paschall said, "Ask a fish." 

OK, what about if you try to fail and succeed, which have you done? "Succeed," Paschall says. Why? "Because you tried to fail. ... You tried to fail and you did, so you succeeded in your failure. Oh, I'm spittin' knowledge. I'm spittin' knowledge." 

Right, right. 

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One thing's for certain: Paschall was spittin' some game Friday night in the 2020 NBA Rising Stars Challenge. Paschall scored a team-high 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting in Team USA's 151-131 comeback win over Team World.

He might be better at busting opponents than spittin' knowledge, but the rookie definitely has been one of the brightest parts of the Warriors' down season.

NBA players 'enjoy' Steph Curry being out, Giannis Antetokounmpo says

NBA players 'enjoy' Steph Curry being out, Giannis Antetokounmpo says

Steph Curry and the Warriors ran roughshod over the NBA for five years, reaching five consecutive NBA Finals and putting together the leagueโ€™s greatest regular season ever with 73 wins in 2015-16.

The 2019-20 season has not gone quite the same for Golden State, as Curry remains out since suffering a broken hand on Oct. 30. The Warriors now own the leagueโ€™s worst record at the All-Star break.

Itโ€™s safe to say players around the NBA havenโ€™t exactly sympathized with the organizationโ€™s precipitous downturn.

"Let me be honest with you," Giannis told reporters Saturday during NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago. "The players, we kind of enjoy that he's not playing -- not enjoy that he's hurt. We want him to be healthy, but he just makes it way, way tougher for the rest of the league."

[RELATED: Iguodala opens up about Steph defending him on social media]

Itโ€™s not the first time players have publicly stated their appreciation for the Warriors no longer being the unstoppable force they became in the 2010s.

The guard definitely has made life more difficult for defenders over the years, as Curry owns four first-team All-NBA honors as well as the most 3-point field goals among active NBA players.

Curry is aiming to return to the court in early March, and the Warriors will play the Bucks on March 14. Antetokounmpoโ€™s reprieve from facing the two-time MVP might not last much longer, then.