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Kobe Bryant ‘was an inspiration for everybody,’ per Ricky Rubio

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Phoenix Suns point guard Ricky Rubio says Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant “was an inspiration for everybody.”

Along with his battles against Kobe in the NBA, Rubio faced off against the Lakers icon in the Olympics when Spain and USA went at it:

Bryant tragically passed away on Sunday in a terrible helicopter crash. Eight other people died in the crash, including Kobe’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna.

Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka and owner Jeanie Buss traveled to Bryant’s LA home to be with Vanessa Bryant. Everyone needs to keep Vanessa and Kobe’s surviving daughters in their prayers right now. It’s impossible to understand what the Bryant family is going through.

In 1,346 career games for the Lakers, Bryant cemented himself as an all-time great. Coming straight to the NBA from high school is no easy move, but Bryant finished his illustrious NBA career with averages of 25.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard was an 18-time All-Star, two-time scoring champion, 15-time All-NBA team member, two-time Finals MVP and five-time champion.

Bryant is the fourth-leading scoring in NBA history after LeBron James passed him on Saturday against the Philadelphia 76ers, just a day before Kobe’s tragic death.

LeBron took to Instagram on Monday to react to Kobe’s death. The two were very close and one can only imagine how sad The King and the entire Lakers organization is at the moment.

The Lakers retired Kobe Bryant’s No. 8 and 24 jerseys last year.