The tragic news of the unexpected death of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant on Sunday has shaken the world. Nearly everyone, whether they knew Bryant personally or watched him from the bleachers, weighed in on the impact he had on their lives.
Sunday, shortly after the news broke, Minnesota and Michigan State were meeting in a B1G game at Williams Arena. The Spartans defeated the Golden Gophers 70-52 to get back atop the conference standings. But all the joy of a hard-fought victory was erased shortly after the game.
Not long after Michigan State won the game, head coach Tom Izzo told Cassius Winston of Bryant’s sudden passing. The news shocked Winston, and his reaction was heartbreaking:
Tom Izzo tells Cassius Winston about Kobe. You can see Cassius ask “Kobe? Bryant?” Heartbreaking. pic.twitter.com/6SdBZ9iI0S
— Daniel (@Daniel517330) January 26, 2020
You can see how shocked Winston was to learn of the news, just like the rest of the world.
Bryant and his daughter Gianna were killed in a helicopter crash near Calabasas on Sunday, on the way to a travel basketball game, according to the LA Times. Bryant was 41 and daughter Gianna was 13.
Bryant was a 20-year veteran of the NBA, winning five championships during his career. He was also a two-time NBA Finals MVP, a one-time league MVP (2008) and an 18-time NBA All-Star. He played his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers.