The entire sporting world is in mourning following the tragic death of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash on Sunday.
As expected, hundreds of supporters have gathered around Staples Center in L.A. as Lakers fans join together to honor one of the best players this sport has ever seen.
One notable personality that has decided to be one with the rest of the Lakers faithful is L.A. guard Quinn Cook. The 26-year-old Lakers point guard was recently photographed outside of Staples Center, blending in with the rest of the mourners.
I didn’t even realize this was Quinn cook until after I took the picture. Quinn has been a die hard laker fan since he was a kid too. #RIPMamba pic.twitter.com/HJOPHHU48R
— Meneses (@Skehps) January 27, 2020
Lakers guard Quinn Cook grew up a diehard Lakers fan, idolizing Kobe.
He stood amongst the fans outside Staples Center with Kobe’s jersey clenched in his hands. 💔#RIPKobe (via @Skehps) pic.twitter.com/h5CXLh9DHh
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) January 27, 2020
As seen in the photo above, Cook is obviously devastated by the loss of his idol. The 26-year-old grew up with Bryant as his role model, and this moment is able to give us a glimpse of just how much Bryant's death has been so heartbreaking for Cook himself.
Cook joined the Lakers prior to this season as a free agent, and there's no denying that this was a dream come true for him. Cook may not have a significant role in the squad (he currently averages just 12.3 minutes per contest), but the mere fact that he was able to sign for a team that he has been supporting since he was a young boy would have surely been an unforgettable milestone for him. Moreover, the opportunity to get to know and learn from Kobe is perhaps the highlight of Cook's time in L.A.
The Lakers' next take the floor on Tuesday, as they battle against the Los Angeles Clippers in Staples Center. Surely, Cook and the rest of the Lakers will be dedicating that matchup for the Black Mamba.