Cleveland Cavaliers players react to death of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant

Cleveland Cavaliers players react to death of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, has his shot blocked by Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (Source: Mark J. Terrill)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Cleveland Cavaliers will play their first NBA game on Monday night since the death of Kobe Bryant.

Ahead of the game, Cavaliers players spoke to 19 News about the impact Bryant had on their lives and basketball careers.

Larry Nance Jr., Bryant’s former teammate with the Lakers, and Kevin Love, who played on the same Olympics national team, said the news is still hard to fathom.

Cleveland Cavaliers players react to death of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant

Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter were two of nine people killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning in California.

The helicopter was flying in foggy conditions when it went down into a hillside.

The Cavaliers organization released a statement on Sunday afternoon following the news of the deadly helicopter crash.

We stand in disbelief and shock at the horribly sad news of the tragic passing of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his...

Posted by Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, January 26, 2020

Bryant spent his 20-year career playing with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Reactions from Cavaliers and new information; here's the latest on the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, 8 others https://bit.ly/36zFNay

Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Monday, January 27, 2020

He retired in 2016 as the NBA’s No. 3 all-time leading scorer and held that position until now-Lakers star LeBron James passed him on Saturday.

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