KOBE BRYANT 1978-2020; Devastation and tears for Lakers family; West calls it one of the most tragic days of his life and Johnson is overcome with emotion as the team is rocked by Bryant's death.
The Lakers were flying home from Philadelphia, somewhere over the Southwest, when the news began trickling throughout their plane. Dwight Howard woke up several of his teammates to share with them what he learned. The coaches heard the news from Kurt Rambis and director of media relations Alison Bogli. Then coach Frank Vogel went to the front of the plane to address the players.
Kobe Bryant had died in a helicopter crash.
They were shocked. Devastated. Speechless.