‘I Called Lou Williams’: Former Teammate Reveals How He Reacted to Kobe Bryant’s Death News

Published 06/03/2021, 8:30 AM CDT
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 26: NBA player Kobe Bryant attends the premiere of Showtime’s “Kobe Bryant’s Muse” at The London Hotel on February 26, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)


On January 26, 2020, the world awoke to the shocking news of Kobe Bryant’s death. Nobody could believe something so horrendous had happened to the Mamba. In a shocking turn of events, Kobe Bryant passed away, along with his daughter Gianna Bryant, and seven other passengers who were on board in a helicopter crash. They were on their way to Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy for a game of basketball.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The tragedy shocked fans and players all over the world, and recently, his former NBA teammate, Ron Artest, shared how the news of Kobe’s death hit him hard.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – DECEMBER 14: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers waves to the crowd after passing Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list with a free throw in the second quarter of the game on December 14, 2014 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Ron Artest on Kobe Bryant’s sudden demise

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Ron Artest and Kobe Bryant won many NBA titles back in the early 2000s. Even though he still finds it hard to believe, Artest shared his experience in dealing with the news of Kobe’s death. He said:

“I called Lou Williams, spoke for like 15-20 minutes. Lou thought that, and we heard that kids were on the plane, and we knew that one of the babies was on the plane, but it was other kids on the plane, so somebody said oh my goodness, like what’s going on, like it was crazy. It is still hard to believe to this day honestly, obviously, he’s not here, but I just don’t believe it every day. It’s hard for me to believe 100 percent that Kobe not here.” 

Such was the influence of Bryant that his demise left fans and players at a loss for words. Despite being a tough competitor on the court, Kobe had a soft side outside the court. The ability to elevate his game during clutch moments made him a great shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers.

DIVE DEEPER

Chris Bosh Reveals How He Reinvented His Game to Fit Into Heat Big 3 With LeBron James and Dwyane Wade

18 days ago

Kobe Bryant and his everlasting impact on fans and players

Despite playing in the NBA for 20 years, Kobe’s commitment to the game never once wavered. His former trainer, Tim Grover, commented on how Kobe would keep practicing around 700-1000 shots a day to become the best. Even though Michael Jordan is arguably seen as the greatest player in the game, Bryant’s work ethic was second to none. “Mamba Mentality” is a key phrase for upcoming basketball players to live by in this day and age.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

During the 2005-06 season, Bryant averaged 35.4 points per game, and he laid down the standards for every future Laker guard. This was a testament to his passion and hard work.

Likewise, Bryant was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame class of 2020. It was the perfect endowment a player could get for his service to the league. The death of Kobe still makes fans skip a heartbeat, but his legacy will continue for ages to come.

WATCH THIS STORY- Players who are part of the 2021 NBA Draft Class: Cade Cunningham, Jalen Suggs and more

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

 

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Jacob Gijy

129 articles

Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT