Nabulabog pati ang mundo ng basketball sa Pilipinas nang gumising Lunes nang umaga, at binulaga ng balita ng pagkatamatay ni Kobe Bryant, 41-anyos.
Kasama ng Black Mamba ang anak na si Gianna, 13-anyos, sa siyam na namatay sa isang helicopter crash sa Calabasas, California Linggo ng gabi roon.
Sa Twitter nila ibinuhos ang reaksiyon, pakikiramay, at lungkot.
“A sad sad day,” ani Gabe Norwood, may kasamang tatlong broken heart. “Prayers sent to the Bryant family, friends, and all those affected by the tragedy of today.”
Si wushu artist Agatha Wong, nagpahayag din ng saloobin.
“My intentions go out to the icon and his daughter who taught us to persevere despite challenges, to seek unending success despite what we would think be a bleak future. Words can’t express how the world is shattered right now,” anang SEA Games gold medalist.
“Mannnnnnnn,” ang tanging nasabi ni Chris Ross, kasunod ang apat na broken hearts.
“Lost for words. No(t) the news I wanted to hear when I woke up,” tweet ni Keifer Ravena. “Life’s short, man. Appreciate everybody around you to the fullest! Do not take anything for granted. You were one of the reasons I played the sport, Kobe. You are the reason why I want to be great.”
Simpleng “RIP” kay Joe Devance.
Mark Caguioa: “I will surely miss you @kobebryant. Thank you for inspiring me throughout my career.”
Sol Mercado: “Your impact and legacy cannot be explained in words. Thoughts and prayers out to you and your family.”
Bobby Ray Parks: “More than basketball, he is a father. I just can’t fathom things right now..like this can’t be real. My sincerest condolences to the Bryant family. May God give you strength, peace and comfort in these tough times.”
Chot Reyes: “Still can’t believe it until now,” kasama ang photo ng pirmadong note sa kanya ni Kobe: ‘Coach Chot, Not about the success but about the process, it’s about the grind.’ (Vladi Edurate)