Earlier this morning, Kobe Bryant, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, were tragically killed in a helicopter crash.
And while we continue to try and wrap our heads around this tragedy, many have shared their own thoughts and feelings on the legacy of Kobe, offering personal stories about interactions with Kobe, prayers and condolences for his family, and overall thoughts on the massive influence of this NBA legend.
However, it was Jay Williams’ words that seemed to have hit the hardest:
“Today’s just a really, today’s a rough day. Today’s a hard day… and I hope that everybody at home, you give that person next to you, whatever thing you have wrong in your life with them, this might be small or big, let that shit go. Doesn’t matter. I know I cursed, I’m sorry. None of that stuff matters, man. This is about life and being precious with every damn second we have here. Because from somebody who knows, who almost happened to me, like that, man. It’s just over. It’s done, randomly. Randomly. Arbitrarily. And his four girls and his wife, we need to come around them and support them, help them. And the NBA should cancel all games today. I don’t really know what else to say.”
Wise words from Jay Williams.
The Raptors and Spurs also honored Kobe this afternoon with an intentional 24-second shot clock violation to start the game.
Kobe, of course, wore the number 24 for a large portion of his career.