The news of Kobe Bryant's death continues to shock not only the National Basketball Association, but the sports world in general.
New England Patriots athletes star quarterback Tom Brady to boxing legend Mike Tyson shared his reactions to Bryant's continuation on social media, along with many who were utterly paralyzed and saddened by the passing of one of the world's most famous athletes.
Bryant was confirmed dead after a helicopter carrying the former Los Angeles Lakers legend, his daughter Gianna, and seven other passengers crashed at 10 a.m. Sunday morning in Calabasas, near Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department . Bryant was 41
"The NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. "For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent mixes with an absolute devotion to winning. He was one of the most extraordinary players in the history of our legendary achievement game: five NBA championships, one 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 best of their ability," Silver's statement continued. generous with the wisdom he acquired, and saw it as his mission to share it with future generations of players, and rejoice in giving his love for the game to Gianna. We send our deepest condolences to his wife, Vanessa, and their family, the Lakers organization and the entire sports world. "
Bryant, who played all of his 20 NBA seasons with the Lakers, shared his latest social media message via Twitter as he congratulated current Lakers superstar LeBron James for keeping him on the NBA's all-time scoring list. With 33,655 career points , James moved past Bryant (33,643) to come third.
"Continued to move the game forward @KingJames. Much respect to my brother # 33644, "Bryant tweeted at 22.39 after the Lakers fell to the Philadelphia 76ers, 108-91.
A renowned mentor of Bryants, NBA legend and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan, Bryant labeled" a little brother "After learning about his death.
" We used to talk often and I will miss those conversations very much, "Jordan said in a statement." He was a fierce competitor, one of the greats of games and a creative Power. Kobe was also a wonderful daddy who loved his family deeply – and greatly relied on his daughter's love for the basketball game. "
When the world learned of Bryant's death, some teams honored him during the NBA games in the early afternoon. Antonio Spurs and the Toronto Raptors each used their first assets to intentionally violate the 24-second clock as a tribute to Bryant, who wore No. 24 from 2007-2016, after moving from No. 8, which he wore since he was drafted in the 13th position by the Lakers in 1996.
"We all feel a deep sense of loss for what he meant to us all in so many ways, "Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich told reporters after Sunday's competition." So many millions of people loved him for so many different reasons. It's just a tragic thing; there are no words to describe how everyone feels about it. We are all thinking about the family and the process they are going through now. This is where all our thoughts should be. "
The son of former NBA star Joe Bryant, Kobe & # 39; s death comes days after his 14th birthday to become the closest player to finish a match near the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain & # 39; ; s 100 point record in a single game, Bryant scored 81 points back on January 22, 2006, ending the game 28-of-46 shooting from the field, and in the same outing, Bryant also surpassed Wilt Chamberlain's 78-point game as was set back in December 1961.
During his career, Bryant, who retired in 2016, played 48,637 minutes (the eighth most in NBA history) and appeared in 1,346 games (ranked him in 15th place) in a career that certainly set the course for anchoring in the Hall of Fame.
But as much as Bryant meant to the NBA, his legacy is also cemented and respected in Lower Merion, a small suburb outside Philadelphia where he attended high school.  Bryant dominated as a high school basketball player, finished his career as the Aces' early leading goal scorer with 2,883 points. After his playing days in the area known as the Main Line, the school named its gym after Bryant in December 2010.
"Obviously, playing in the NBA type became a realistic goal," Bryant told ESPN in 2010. "I let put in a lot of work, many hours in that gym. "
Bryant's high school coach Gregg Downer, who trained him from 1992 to 1996, could not be reached for comment, but made an offer that said," Ess Nation has lost its heartbeat. " 19659002] Bryant also led the aces to a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Class AAAA State Championship in 1996.
"The entire Lower Merion School District community sends its deepest condolences to Mr. Bryant's family," the Lower Merion School District said in a statement. "Our basketball teams will no doubt pay tribute to Mr. Bryant as this season continues, but at this time, as a district, we will concentrate on supporting those in our community – including Coach Downer and English teacher Jeanne Mastriano – as Mr. Bryant credit for having aroused his love of writing. "
Asked what Bryant meant to him growing up playing basketball, current Portland Trail Blazers star CJ McCollum said," Outside my brother and dad, Kobe , it was. Loved his work ethic, his story, his approach to the game and his tenacity. " Bryant was an "ambassador for our game, a decorated legend and a global icon." Kuban went on to add that the team will officially retire at No. 24 in honor of Bryant.
"He was the closest player to ever emulate MJ," NBA agent Cervando Tejeda of Athlete Sports Management told CNBC. "He kept the momentum and toughness in the game; the belief that if you work hard, success will come. He meant a lot to the world. Today is a sad day; today will forever be called & # 39; Mamba Day." 39; "