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Kevin Durant reacts to Kobe Bryant’s death

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Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant had been mum in the first 24 hours and change after the tragic death of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, but on Tuesday, he spoke to reporters for the first time since the horrific event:

“It is hard to comprehend all of this,” said Durant, according to Malika Andrews of ESPN. “Just having those moments with Kobe, it was always about pressing forward and at this time it is so hard to so. It is hard to keep going right now. … I know we are all just mourning.”

Bryant and his daughter perished in a helicopter crash that also killed seven other people on Sunday.

The death of Kobe Bryant not only affected those involved in basketball, but also rocked the world at its core.

Now, all everyone has left are the memories of one of the greatest athletes to ever live:

“One thing I learned from being around Kobe was being yourself — being comfortable with how I played,” said Durant. “I never wanted to be like Kobe, but I wanted to have that laser focus. Nothing was getting in the way of what I wanted to do on the floor. That was the mamba mentality.”

Durant added that “nothing will ever be big enough to truly honor Kobe Bryant.”

Bryant, who was 41 years old at the time of his passing, spent 20 years in the NBA, residing with the Los Angeles Lakers for his entire career. During that time, he won five championships and established himself as one of the all-time greats.

Kobe Bryant will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer.