How did Kareem Abdul-Jabbar react?
- Abdul-Jabbar said: “It’s just so senseless that he’s not here. It really doesn’t make any sense to see someone leave before they really had a chance to really show what they’re all about.”
- Abdul-Jabbar said: “Like everyone, I appreciated Kobe’s incredible athletic skills.”
- Abdul-Jabbar said: “I used to play peekaboo with Gianna when she was 5 and 6 years old. To see that she doesn’t get a chance to shine with all the promise she possessed? It’s a really pointless tragedy, and that’s what we have to deal with.”
Another NBA legend weighs in
- Wade: “In every aspect of his life, he became a winner. He mastered whatever it is he needed to. And it comes with mistakes along the way, but, eventually, he mastered how to be an amazing basketball player, an amazing father, an amazing husband. So, just remember him mastering being a champion.”