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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver statement on passing of Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant smiles during his jersey retirement by the Lakers.
Kobe Bryant smiles during his jersey retirement by the Lakers. (Getty Images)

NEW YORK - NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued the following statement today regarding the passing of Kobe Bryant:

"The NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna.

"For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning. He was one of the most extraordinary players in the history of our game with accomplishments that are legendary: five NBA championships, an NBA MVP award, 18 NBA All-Star selections, and two Olympic gold medals. But he will be remembered most for inspiring people around the world to pick up a basketball and compete to the very best of their ability. He was generous with the wisdom he acquired and saw it as his mission to share it with future generations of players, taking special delight in passing down his love of the game to Gianna.

"We send our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Vanessa, and their family, the Lakers organization and the entire sports world."

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