The news of Kobe Bryant's death shook sports fans everywhere on Sunday, after multiple reports confirmed he was killed in a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles.
The DC sports world reacted to the shocking news on social media along with the rest of the country not limited to just sports personalities.
Before the Wizards took on the Hawks in Atlanta Sunday night, Scott Brooks fought back tears when discussing Bryant and his overall impact.
"Words can’t describe and it doesn’t do any justice to who he is and how he impacted the sports world," Brooks said. "The guy had a mentality that you want your team to play with."
Brooks' family lived nearby Bryant's, as their kids went to the same school. From time to time, Brooks said he spent time with Bryant in the offseason. Brooks never coached Bryant, but he spent years competing against his Lakers teams.
"Not many guys, if any, played the game better," he said.
Bryant played 20 seasons in the NBA, all with the same team in the LA Lakers. He won five championships, two Finals MVPs, one MVP award and was named to an All-NBA team 15 times.
2020 marks the fifth year since Bryant retired from the NBA, meaning he's eligible to be elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame. The 2020 class is set to be announced at NBA All-Star weekend in February.
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