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Kevin Garnett claims 2020 has been ‘upside down’ since Kobe Bryant’s death

Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant

As part of a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, 15-time All-Star Kevin Garnett admitted that 2020 has been painful since Kobe Bryant’s tragic passing.

Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash just outside Los Angeles in January. He was 41 years of age. Sadly, all nine passengers, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, perished in the tragic accident. According to reports that have since been confirmed, the group was on its way to The Mamba Sports Academy, where Kobe was to serve as a coach for his daughter’s basketball team.

During his interview, Kevin Garnett noted that 2020 “has been awful”:

“I ain’t going to front, man, since Kobe died, it’s been like upside down. 2020 has been (awful),” Garnett said, via The Associated Press. “So, I’ve just been trying to maintain and … appreciating some of the small intangible things and actually enjoying life a little bit or trying to and be productive.”

The 2020 calendar year has been made worse by the outbreak of COVID-19. Last month (March), the NBA decided to suspend the regular season due to ongoing concerns with the virus. Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert became the first confirmed case in the league. His teammate, Donovan Mitchell, tested positive shortly after. Since then, several other players and staffers have contracted the virus.

Rather than taking in hours of coverage on the virus, Kevin Garnett says he is focusing on books and documentaries during these uncertain times:

“I’ll be honest, I’ve just been feeding myself things to stay stimulated and I exercise a lot,” Garnett said. “I should be able to run a marathon when this (is) over with. … I’ve unplugged from the overall beast of it. I’m feeding myself with books, feeding myself with documentaries.”

At this point, it’s not clear when (or if) play will resume. Some are hopeful that games can be played at a later date, but the final decision will be made by doctors and health officials.