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Robert Horry reflects on a tragedy that happened in his life when remembering Kobe Bryant's death

Having lost a daughter of his own due to a rare genetic disorder almost a decade ago, Horry felt the pain of Kobe’s parents
Robert Horry on Kobe Bryant's death

Robert Horry

The late Kobe Bryant undeniably left his mark on his fellow NBA players and former teammates not only as one of the greatest players of all time but also as a true friend. Throughout his stellar Los Angeles Lakers career, Black Mamba made friends with most of the players representing the "Purple and Gold." Among them was seven-time NBA champion, Robert Horry.

Big Shot Bob thought it was fake

Bryant and Horry played together for seven seasons in LA and won three NBA titles during that stint. Even when "Big Shot Bob" left for the San Antonio Spurs in 2003, he stayed in touch with Kobe. So, when the shocking news broke on Jan. 26, 2020, Horry, who was just hanging out with Bryant, thought it was just some "fake news."

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"I just saw Kobe the week before," Horry told Byron Scott on Off The Dribble podcast in August. "Justin, who is my wife's nephew, calls and he's crying on the phone. I thought something had happened to (Horry's wife) Candice's sister or Candice's mom. He's like no, it's Kobe. I'm like ahhh no, it's fake news."

Unfortunately, everything was real. And no matter how hard it was to believe, Horry lost his friend in a tragic helicopter crash in California.

Horry felt the pain

Given Bryant's impact on the sport, the entire NBA community sympathized with his wife, Vannesa, and their other daughters. Of course, Horry did too. In fact, what "Big Shot Bob" felt was more than just sympathy. Having lost a daughter of his own due to a rare genetic disorder almost a decade ago, Horry felt the pain of Kobe's parents, Joe and Pamela Bryant.

"So we go and turn the TV on, I just sat there on the coffee table like this s*** ain't real. It can't be real. Then I just started crying. I was crying because all I could think about is his parents. People always talk about (Kobe's wife) Vanessa, but for me, after losing a daughter, you know how hard it is on his parents…I thought about that immediately because of my situation. I thought about his daughter, and started thinking about his girls and his wife. Man, I was like, damn, I just saw him."

Indeed. Horry was right. Every basketball fan was devastated by the untimely passing of Bryant, but nothing could ever be more unbearable than the pain his parents felt that day. Every parent doesn't deserve to watch one of their children lose their life in such a tragic way before their time. 

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