Tiger Woods, Novak Djokovic & Other Athletes That Expressed How Much Kobe Bryant Meant to Them

A myth, a man, a Legend: Kobe Bryant's presence still looms largely after a year and a half of him passing away in that horrible helicopter crash. 

He isn't just known to be an inspiration to players in the NBA fraternity, but athletes all over the globe. 

See for yourself!

Tiger Woods

Golfer Tiger Woods heard the tragic news of his friend, Kobe's death just moments after his final round at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. When asked what he remembers most about Kobe, he said, "The fire. He burned so competitively hot and the desire to win. He brought it each and every night on both ends of the floor. Not too many guys can say that throughout NBA History."

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Novak Djokovic

Just a few days before Kobe's passing, Novak had spoken up about the support he got from the legend during his injury-stricken times. "He was one of the people that were really there for me and could give me some very valuable advice and guidelines to believe and trust in myself," said Djokovic.

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Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees couldn't spend alot of time with Kobe, something he regrets even today. But he still worships his competitiveness and his ability to inspire so many.

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Nick Kyrgios

Another tennis player, Nick Kyrogios is a big known basketball fan. He paid tribute to Kobe in his own way after he passed. He wore the Lakers No. 8 jersey at the Australian Open for his match against Rafael Nadal. This was Bryant's jersey the first half of his career.

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Lewis Hamilton

F1 World champion, Lewis Hamilton has been seen courtside but supporting the Toronto Raptors. But as a fan of the game, he was also shaken by Kobe's demise. He wrote on Twitter, "Kobe Bryant was one of the greatest athletes and was such an inspiration to so many, including myself."

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Coco Gauff and Caty McNally

These two had their own on-court way of giving a tribute to Kobe Bryant after winning their doubles game. They pretended to shoot a basketball followed by making signs of his two famous numbers: 8 and 24.

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