Local basketball fraternity mourns Kobe Bryant

A somber Sunday following a great blow to the world of sport. (Photo: Sports Illustrated)

Members of the local basketball fraternity in Jamaica have joined in with their comrades in the United States already mourning the loss of basketball great Kobe Bryant.

Bryant, 41, died in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday with four other persons who were on board. Details are still coming in; however, Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna is among the persons that died.

Locally, persons have been trying to come to grips with the loss with Business House Basketball Association President Major Clifton Lumsden among those in mourning.

Lumsden told BUZZ that the news has come as a shock to everyone.

“Kobe is somebody who we revere, somebody who we respected as a player and somebody who we emulate and somebody who we want to be like as a player and a person,” he remarked, paying tribute to the Laker great.

He also urged his family to look to God for comfort in this trying time and to keep strong for him.

Local basketball coach Edward Marshall also sought to express his condolences on the loss and disclosed that persons were in mourning.

“I am a part of a couple of groups (WhatsApp) and since it happen[ed] a lot of persons have been expressing sadness about it,” he told BUZZ.

Jamaican sprint legend, Usain Bolt, while not a basketball player, did play in a celebrity game during NBA all-star week, expressed his disbelief at the news by writing on Instagram “still can’t believe #KobeBryant” with several playing emojis and a RIP along with a photo of him and Bryant.

Former NBA player, Jamaican Samardo Samuels who played against Kobe during his time in the league also uploaded a picture with him and the Mamba, writing, “This one hurt rip #24.”

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