Nuggets hold moment of silence after Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash

After Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash Sunday, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, the Denver Nuggets held a moment of silence for Bryant, who was 41, before their game against the Houston Rockets. “Ladies and gentlemen, basketball fans, a tragedy has befallen the world of basketball,” the public address announcer said. “Earlier today at the age of 41, Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash. In 20 seasons with the Lakers, Kobe was a 17-time All-Star, two-time NBA Finals MVP, two-time Olympic gold medalist and five-time NBA…

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Kobe Bryant headed to Mamba Sports Academy when he crashed: reports

Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter were on their way to the legendary NBA player’s Mamba Sports Academy in California on Sunday morning when their helicopter crashed, reports said. The retired Los Angeles Lakers star — who gave himself the nickname “Black Mamba” — opened the training facility in Thousand Oaks last year. Bryant, 41, and his teen daughter Gianna Bryant were on their way to basketball practice there when the chopper they were in crashed around 10 a.m. local time in the hills above Calabasas, according to TMZ. ESPN…

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Gianna Bryant, Kobe’s teen daughter, reportedly among dead in helicopter crash

Basketball legend Kobe Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter was aboard the helicopter that crashed in the hills of Southern California on Sunday, killing the pair and three other people, according to a report. Gianna Maria Bryant and her iconic Los Angeles Laker dad, 41, were aboard the chopper when it plummeted from the skies above Calabasas around 10 a.m. local time, a rep for the Bryant family told TMZ. They were bound for a basketball practice at Bryant’s “Mamba Academy” in nearby Thousand Oaks, Calif. when tragedy struck, the report said. The…

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Video shows aftermath of the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

A Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopter was seen flying through thick plumes of white smoke on Sunday, in the aftermath of the chopper crash that killed legendary NBA player Kobe Bryant and four other people. Video of the tragic crash’s aftermath shows authorities surveying the smoldering wreckage of the Sikorsky S-76 amid thick fog in the hills above Calabasas. The aircraft went down around 10 a.m. local time, igniting a brush fire, according to The Los Angeles Times. The blaze made it tough for firefighters and emergency personnel to…

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Kobe Bryant dead at 41: Sports world reacts to shocking helicopter crash

NBA legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash on Sunday, according to multiple reports. He was 41. The news rocked the sports world, with many athletes sharing their disbelief and tributes on social media. We miss you already Kobe ❤️❤️🙏🏼🙏🏼 — Tom Brady (@TomBrady) January 26, 2020 I’m stunned. Words can’t even come close to describing it. Just an incredibly sad and tragic day. — Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) January 26, 2020 Can’t be true.Just can’t be.Truly truly horrific. Rest In Peace Kobe. — JJ Watt (@JJWatt) January 26, 2020…

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Kobe Bryant had a long history of flying in helicopters

Kobe Bryant had long loved flying his own chopper. The future NBA Hall of Famer used his own helicopter to get to Los Angeles Lakers home games during his playing days, and once used one to ferry teammate Steve Blake to a doctor’s appointment, according to a 2012 report by USA Today. In a 2009 column by ESPN’s Rick Reilly, Bryant admitted that he liked to charter a chopper to travel the 49 miles from his home to the Staples Center, where the Lakers play. “Sometimes, there’s just things you…

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Kobe Bryant reportedly killed in California helicopter crash

Legendary NBA player Kobe Bryant has died in a California helicopter crash, a report said Sunday. He was 41. Bryant was among at least four people traveling in his private helicopter over Calabasas when a fire broke out, sending the chopper spiraling from the sky, according to TMZ Sports. There were no survivors, and the cause of the crash is under investigation, according to TMZ. Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, was not among those aboard the chopper, according to the report. Bryant starred for two decades with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning…

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Lias Andersson loaned by Rangers to Swedish team in new twist

Lias Andersson is getting back on the ice, but not with the Rangers. The team announced Sunday it has loaned the 21-year-old forward to Swedish Hockey League club HV71, a team Andersson played for earlier in his career. It’s the latest development in the drama-filled Andersson saga. The No. 7 overall pick from the 2017 draft requested a trade shortly before Christmas, about a month after he was sent down to AHL Hartford. Andersson had just one points in 17 NHL games this season, averaging 9:33 of ice time per…

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Justin Verlander’s Astros compliment left CC Sabathia fuming

It didn’t seem possible for CC Sabathia to be angrier than he already is about the Astros’ cheating scandal. But Justin Verlander poured gasoline on the fire. In his speech Saturday during the New York Baseball Writers’ dinner at the Sheraton New York Times Square hotel after being presented with his AL Cy Young Award, Verlander said of the Astros, “as everybody knows, they’re very technologically and analytically advanced,” drawing boos with a smattering of laughter and applause. It came across as more of a tone-deaf comment rather than a…

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Justin Verlander’s Astros compliment left CC Sabathia fuming

It didn’t seem possible for CC Sabathia to be angrier than he already is about the Astros’ cheating scandal. But Justin Verlander poured gasoline on the fire. In his speech Saturday during the New York Baseball Writers’ dinner at the Sheraton New York Times Square hotel after being presented with his AL Cy Young Award, Verlander said of the Astros, “as everybody knows, they’re very technologically and analytically advanced,” drawing boos with a smattering of laughter and applause. It came across as more of a tone-deaf comment rather than a…

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