After missing a game immediately after Kobe Bryant’s death, Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving turned up for the fixture against Detroit Pistons on Thursday. As the Nets began a special tribute the late NBA legend, Irving, who is known to be a good friend of Bryant was in tears.
Kyrie Irving holding back tears as the Nets honor Kobe Bryant 😪 pic.twitter.com/OhkXfccVBs
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Kyrie Irving “Heartbroken” with the loss of Kobe Bryant
At the end of the game, Irving had more to add about his friend’s tragic death. The Nets won the game 125-115, with Irving finishing with 20 points, five assits and five rebounds.
“It is just hard to even drop the words. Trying to find a clear cut message that you would send to Gigi, Kobe and everybody who lost their lives in a tragedy like that is hard,” Irving said after the match.
“I have been trying to do this for the last few days, trying to get ready for a moment like this. But I just got to let it be, let it flow.
“I know he’s now watching us, as well as Gigi, as well as the young ball players who were on the plane as well. I was just with them at the Mamba academy working out with them in the summertime.
Kyrie shares a moment with Spencer Dinwiddie, then points to the sky as he checks out of the game. pic.twitter.com/qkOAKSC3Do
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“It is heartbreaking for all of us. I am not the only one dealing with something. I think the most beautiful thing is that it’s connecting all of us.”
“The seeds he has planted in all of us continue to grow. His legacy will live on forever. The man was a philosopher, a teacher. He left so many things here for us to follow. I am just going to continue to carry the torch.”