The entire country and the sports world, in particular, are still in shock at the sudden deaths of Kobe Bryant and his daughter yesterday in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, CA that claimed the lives of four other people.

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As one of the most well-known Los Angeles Lakers and also a friend to Kobe Bryant’s father Joe, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar offered up a few heartfelt words about the late All-Star Laker, who Jabbar said that he met when the young Kobe was only 11 years old.