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Zion Williamson reacts to Kobe Bryant’s tragic passing

Zion Williamson, Kobe Bryant, Lakers, Pelicans

Tributes for Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant keep coming in the hours following his death. The latest man to pay his respects to the late legend is Zion Williamson, the electrifying rookie of the New Orleans Pelicans.

The forward was interviewed after his Pelicans won over the Boston Celtics, 108-123, to ask him about his thoughts on Bryant’s sudden passing. Like everyone else in the league, they all grew up watching Kobe dominate with the Purple and Gold.

Via Ben Golliver of The Washington Post:

Zion also shared that he studied Bryant’s footwork and thought of him as one of the best players of all time. He was somber and seemed out of focus throughout the interview. It was obvious to everyone that the Black Mamba had an impact on how he plays the game now.

Williamson probably dedicated the game to Kobe as he put on a show for the fans that came to the Smoothie King Center. He finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, and a steal in 27 minutes of play. He’s beginning to blossom into a dominant player that will hopefully mirror the impact Kobe had to the game of basketball.

Kobe Bryant was a global superstar who spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was a five-time NBA champion, two-time Finals MVP, 18-time All-Star and a father to four children. One of his daughters, Gianna, was in the helicopter with him when it crashed. He is survived by his wife Vanessa and their three children.

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