Chicago sports teams and athletes react to Kobe Bryant's death


LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 30: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during a game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on October 30, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Evan Gole/NBAE via Getty Images)

CHICAGO – The sports world on Sunday was left in a state of shock upon learning of the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.

The future Hall of Famer died along with his 13-year old daughter Gianna and seven other people, and the tributes have come pouring in ever since.

Many here in the Chicago sports world have done the same, offering up their condolences to Bryant on social media.

John Paxson spoke on behalf of the Bulls through a statement on Sunday night which read: “The Chicago Bulls organization is terribly saddened about the sudden passing of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and the other passengers in today’s horrific helicopter crash in California. While he leaves us far too soon, his legacy and persona will forever be remembered. One of the best to have ever played the game of basketball, we extend our deepest sympathies to the Bryant family and the other families affected.”

Former Bulls forward Scottie Pippen, who faced Bryant on a number of occasions in his career, offered his thoughts on Twitter while also posting a video of the guard and his late daughter playing hoops.

Current Bulls guard Zach LaVine had a few things to say about Bryant on Twitter Sunday afternoon.

The Chicago Sky had this statement Sunday night on the passing of Bryant, who was a strong supporter of the WNBA during his post-retirement years.

“The Chicago Sky joins the entire basketball world in grieving the sudden loss of Kobe Bryant,” said the team in a statement. “We are praying for the Bryant family, and all the families suffering from the incomprehensible loss after the tragic events of today. Kobe was and always will be a legend of our great game. The story of basketball will never be able to be told without him. There are no words to express how much he will be missed.”

The Bears along with a number of their players has tributes to Bryant on Twitter following his death.

White Sox catcher James McCann along with Chicago Fire forward CJ Sapong also gave their thought’s on Kobe’s passing.



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