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Brian Scalabrine, Mike Gorman react to death of Kobe Bryant

Brian Scalabrine, Mike Gorman react to death of Kobe Bryant

The devastating news of Kobe Bryant's death shocked the NBA world on Sunday.

Despite Bryant's tragic passing, games were played as scheduled and players around the league took the court with heavy hearts.

Before Sunday night's Boston Celtics-New Orleans Pelicans matchup, Brian Scalabrine and Mike Gorman took a moment to reflect on Bryant's death and the tremendous impact he had on the sport.

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Scal touched on how much of an effect Bryant's unmatched competitiveness had on his Los Angeles Lakers teammates.

"Today would be the day that I remember what he was about," Scalabrine said. "One of the biggest competitors that I have ever seen. And I go back to 2010. All the pain that he went though in 2008, that's the reason why they beat us in 2010."

"Kobe, his anger, his drive, it touched everyone on that team. They were a different team in 2010 and that was because of his drive."

Gorman mentioned a moment before Bryant's final game vs. the Celtics at TD Garden when the Lakers icon embraced his role as the villain in Boston.

"In his last game at the Garden, he's going through the layup line and he saw me and came over and gave me a hug," said Gorman. "And I said in his ear,  'you were a great villain.' He said, 'I like that.'"

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Teams around the NBA, including the Celtics and Pelicans, paid tribute to Bryant and his No. 24 by letting the shot clock run out on their first possessions. New Orleans also held a 24-second moment of silence before Sunday night's game.

Bryant was 41 years old.

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The Best of Tommy Heinsohn from Celtics win over Mavericks

The Best of Tommy Heinsohn from Celtics win over Mavericks

The Boston Celtics provided plenty of highlights during their win over the Dallas Mavericks, but the one and only Tommy Heinsohn still found a way to top them all.

NBC Sports Boston's "Tommy Cam" caught a bunch of great moments from the legendary broadcaster and Celtics Hall of Famer on Tuesday night. From some questionable (at least to Heinsohn) calls by the refs to Kemba Walker's clutch fourth-quarter performance, Tommy was fired up to say the least.

You can watch all of Tommy's best moments in the video above.

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The Michael Holley Podcast: Mike Gorman on his career, the best player ever and Kyrie Irving's rocky time in Boston

The Michael Holley Podcast: Mike Gorman on his career, the best player ever and Kyrie Irving's rocky time in Boston

Mike Gorman has been the voice of the Boston Celtics with Tom Heinsohn since 1981. He sits down in this episode of “The Michael Holley Podcast” presented by Night Shift to talk about: 

(:30) His long career and how his job has changed

(5:30) What he expects this season

(6:30) What he saw being around the team as much as he is last season, and how much of a negative was Kyrie Irving

(12:10) His very close relationship with Paul Pierce

(14:00) Last shot of a game…Pierce or Bird?

(16:30) The last time he was truly wowed watching someone on the court, and who he thinks the best player of all-time is (hint: it’s not who you might think)

(25:00) How Gorman never listens to himself broadcast a game

(31:50) Tommy’s energy in his mid-80’s

(33:15) How he remembers Red Auerbach

(37:20) A great Bill Walton story

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