“I texted Kobe Bryant for weeks after he died”: Lamar Odom retells heartbreaking story of accepting former Lakers teammate’s untimely passing

Samir Mehdi
|Published 27/04/2021

Lamar Odom talks about the passing of Kobe Bryant and how he dealt with it; says he texted Kobe well after his tragic death. 

Kobe Bryant’s untimely passing on January 26th of 2020 was perhaps the single most heartbreaking moment in American sports history. The news of his death along with his second oldest daughter ‘Gigi’ brought the world to a screeching halt for several days as millions mourned after having lost the Lakers icon. 

A multitude of athletes took to social media to talk about their experiences with Kobe Bryant and how he affected their lives. Players who entered the league in the 2010s have attributed ‘Bean’ as the reason for why they decided to pick up the rock in the first place. After all, Nike’s Kobes are the most popular shoes amongst players in the NBA. 

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Lamar Odom recently took to VladTV to talk about Kobe Bryant and what he felt after hearing of the unfortunate news. 

Lamar Odom took a while to accept Kobe Bryant’s death. 

Lamar Odom and Kobe Bryant shared several incredible moments on the court in the time they were on the Los Angeles Lakers together. Everything from going to 3 straight NBA Finals and winning two of them, to bonding off the court. 

Learning of Bryant’s death was certainly not easy for the point forward and he even claims to have not been able to accept the event had even happened. “I texted Kobe for weeks after he died, he was special to me beyond basketball.”

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Aside from Odom’s retelling his story of trying to cope, he also commends Kobe Bryant for building a legacy and being a great father to 4 girls, while impacting the lives of millions across the world. 

It’s safe to say that the Black Mamba will forever live on in the annals of NBA history, and more importantly, as a positive memory within the hearts of NBA fans worldwide. 

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Samir Mehdi

Samir Mehdi

Samir Mehdi is an NBA Editor at The Sportsrush. Ever since he was 13 years old, he’s been obsessed with the game of basketball. From watching Kobe Bryant’s highlights on YouTube to now, analyzing and breaking down every single game on League Pass, Samir’s passion for the game is unwavering. He's a complete basketball junkie who not only breaks down current games but also keenly watches ones from the 60s’ and 70s’ while also reading comprehensive books on the history of the league. Samir’s life revolves around basketball and he hopes that shows in his work. Aside from work, he loves to spend time in the gym and with his friends at social gatherings.

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