Chris Collins had trouble finding the words after Northwestern’s game against Ohio State on Sunday. The 71-59 loss to the Buckeyes was the least of his concerns after the tragic news that Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna (GiGi) were killed in a helicopter accident.
Collins, who had known Bryant from a young age, was emotional after the game, talking about the tragedy. The Northwestern head coach talked about how every moment in life was precious, and how he couldn’t help but think about his own daughter, who is the same age as Gianna.
Below is the video of Collins following Sunday’s game, with a tearful message for everyone listening.
Chris Collins said he’s known Kobe since he was born. Their dads were teammates for the 76ers. CC: “Every minute’s precious, man.” pic.twitter.com/7R5cUQUOSE
— Teddy Greenstein (@TeddyGreenstein) January 27, 2020
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.