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If Rick Fox or any of his family reads this board, I apologize to you guys for posting here what was being tweeted by a bunch of people!

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Just shocking. I used to really root against the guy because he would always destroy Denver, but have really come around to appreciate what a great player he was.  So sad.....

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So many powerful and moving tributes all over the place right now.

All the sports media is in Miami, it is going to be something extraordinary in the sports media world next week.

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5 minutes ago, NREC34 said:

 

There is video of the crash out

It was not on fire. Looks like spinning out of control. 

Unconfirmed!!

Hope that's not it.  Not foggy.  Either way I shouldn't have clicked it.

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2 minutes ago, gump said:

Does that look like the same terrain?

That almost looks like the Grand Canyon or something, 

Quick search looks like that is a video of a crash of rescue helicopter in the United Arab Emirates

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Just now, gump said:

Does that look like the same terrain?

Idk it might not be real. Makes more sense that it was foggy and the pilot just crashed into a mountain. 

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Some pretty irresponsible reporting from ABC there. 

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1 hour ago, bigmarc27 said:

Fine.  Hard for me to feel too badly for a guy just because he had a jump shot. 

No reason for you to be in this thread then.

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7 minutes ago, Nipsey said:

Anyone else tweeting that besides that guy? Doesn't seem legit but who knows.

Looks like a video from the 80s.  Can’t be real. 

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The internet is brutal today, lots of misreporting and people trying to make a name for themselves.

There is also a clip of a MSNBC anchor with a pretty bad slipup on the "Los Angeles Lakers"  if you want to google it

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1 hour ago, bigmarc27 said:

Fine.  Hard for me to feel too badly for a guy just because he had a jump shot. 

Understood. There can be a time for a valuable conversation about how we mourn and how we value people and celebrity and all that. But today is not that time. 

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2 hours ago, [icon] said:

Lebron  passed him in scoring LAST NIGHT. 

Coincidence? 

This is not the time to make jokes.

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16 minutes ago, General Malaise said:

Says the guys who refuses to fix the "Neal Peart" misspelling....

I fixed it when I was made aware of it. 

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11 minutes ago, Jefferson the Caregiver said:

The internet is brutal today, lots of misreporting and people trying to make a name for themselves.

There is also a clip of a MSNBC anchor with a pretty bad slipup on the "Los Angeles Lakers"  if you want to google it

Was listening to that. She slipped and was saying Knickers and tried to change to Lakers. Ended up Knick-gers, which sounded like the n-word, but wasn’t. I ended up turning minutes later because she knew nothing about sports or Kobe and it was embarrassing how she was trying to make the coverage relatable, and kept dropping that her husband was a professional athlete. But that was unfortunate but innocent, the product of someone with one set of skilled in the wrong element when a big story broke.

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26 minutes ago, Apple Jack said:

Let's put this into a little perspective, there are people out there who know and love Rick Fox and Kobe's other kids. These people experienced the additional traumatizing news that these people were dead. But it's okay, because you'd like to hear rumors and bs and sort it out yourself? Are you kidding?

I get what you’re saying and if we were participating in a national broadcast I would agree with you 100%. 

But this is a thread in a discussion board. This thread is being read by a few hundred people, being posted in by a few dozen. It’s never a particularly reliable source of news and I think you may be overemphasizing it’s importance in the larger scheme of things. 

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3 minutes ago, timschochet said:

I fixed it when I was made aware of it. 

Thanks.  I'd asked you to do it after he passed, so appreciate it. 

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Just now, General Malaise said:

Thanks.  I'd asked you to do it after he passed, so appreciate it. 

I didn’t see it GB I’m sorry. @Ghost Rider made me aware last night. If I missed your post or PM I apologize. 

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Think there will be plenty of examples this week, but Kobe was great for a variety of reasons. His legendary work ethic and intensity is one. Another is his great intelligence and thoughtfulness. Whenever interviewed, he came across with an assurance and insight. He lived on a high plane of existence.

I absolutely worshiped him for years. Was disappointed during his allegations, and his shine dimmed quite a bit for me, but never lost the feeling of awe and grew to respect him as he got older and seemed to be living an evolved and fulfilled life.

Had it not been for what happened in Colorado, he’d have been right up there with Mohammed Ali for me as all time heroes period. He still loomed large.

Still can’t believe he’s gone. 

 

 

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26 minutes ago, NREC34 said:

 

There is video of the crash out

It was not on fire. Looks like spinning out of control. 

Unconfirmed!!

Not real. Video of a Dubai helicopter crash from a couple years ago.

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The thing that still amazes me about his career is that he played as a pro 20 years at an extremely high level, retired 5 years ago and yet somehow was a still young 41.

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After Shaq was traded  I thought the Lakers were doomed. Those were some lean years; Odom was a good player but never great, and Kobe made too much to acquire the necessary talent around him. 

To this day I still have no idea why Memphis traded Pau Gasol. It was a gift. 

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23 minutes ago, Otis said:

Some pretty irresponsible reporting from ABC there. 

Welcome to the party 

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My wife and I watched every laker game we could back when he was playing. We had parties during the playoffs. My first dog was named Kobe. 
 

Just a gut punch man. 

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2 minutes ago, Mr. Ham said:

Think there will be plenty of examples this week, but Kobe was great for a variety of reasons. His legendary work ethic and intensity is one. Another is his great intelligence and thoughtfulness. Whenever interviewed, he came across with an assurance and insight. He lived on a high plane of existence.

I absolutely worshiped him for years. Was disappointed during his allegations, and his shine dimmed quite a bit for me, but never lost the feeling of awe and grew to respect him as he got older and seemed to be living an evolved and fulfilled life.

Still can’t believe he’s gone. 

 

 

My SIL's father was born in Sicily, 100% Italian, and has worked in several of the finest Italian restaurants in OC after owning his own place in MV for 22 years.  Kobe frequented them often and he always took time out to speak in Italian to him. My SIL's father loved these conversations and always told us that Kobe was always incredibly nice and gracious.  Needless to say, SIL and daughter are taking this very hard.  Kobe's was the only jersey I ever bought her.

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7 minutes ago, Mr. Ham said:

Think there will be plenty of examples this week, but Kobe was great for a variety of reasons. His legendary work ethic and intensity is one. Another is his great intelligence and thoughtfulness. Whenever interviewed, he came across with an assurance and insight. He lived on a high plane of existence.

I absolutely worshiped him for years. Was disappointed during his allegations, and his shine dimmed quite a bit for me, but never lost the feeling of awe and grew to respect him as he got older and seemed to be living an evolved and fulfilled life.

Still can’t believe he’s gone. 

 

 

Someone I know posted this on Facebook. Thought was worth passing on here:
 

“In my time working as an emcee for the Pacers several years ago, I had the pleasure of interacting with him briefly and he was truly in a league of his own. 

I remember being a little bit confused at the end of the game he’d asked me to hang around outside locker room area for a couple minutes. Then, when he got done with his interviews, he popped back out and shook my hand and said he realized I was new (it was my first year doing that job) because he hasn’t seen me before so he wanted to officially introduce himself and ask a little bit about my background and goals. But what stick with me— aside from the time he was taking for someone who was just only a college kid at the time—- was that he wanted to take the time to tell me I was doing a great job and to impress upon me to keep going and chasing my dreams. 

He was truly in the league of his own. 

RIP Kobe, Gianna & the other passengers who lost their lives today.“

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I am seeing the name John Altobelli as one of the other victims. Baseball coach at a California community college. Along with his daughter. 

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12 minutes ago, Mr. Ham said:

Think there will be plenty of examples this week, but Kobe was great for a variety of reasons. His legendary work ethic and intensity is one. Another is his great intelligence and thoughtfulness. Whenever interviewed, he came across with an assurance and insight. He lived on a high plane of existence.

I absolutely worshiped him for years. Was disappointed during his allegations, and his shine dimmed quite a bit for me, but never lost the feeling of awe and grew to respect him as he got older and seemed to be living an evolved and fulfilled life.

Had it not been for what happened in Colorado, he’d have been right up there with Mohammed Ali for me as all time heroes period. He still loomed large.

Still can’t believe he’s gone. 

 

 

Kobe grew up 1/2 hour from my home town. Battled my home town hero Rip Hamilton in HS. 2 absolute legends.
 

Reality is he was human. He allegedly made mistakes and apparently grew from them. In no way does that minimize or defend his transgressions but breaks it down to its core what all of us must go through in our existence if we are to improve our value irregardless if our contribution is a data entry, a meal served, or a jump shot. Condolences to his family. 

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Gonna miss him alot.  What a baller.  Still in shock 

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9 minutes ago, jvdesigns2002 said:

I know how to spell the word I wanted to use. I spelled it that way so that it wouldn’t be filtered. I wanted you and everybody to see how big of one your comment was. Proceed to leave this thread please.  I’m far from the only one that doesn’t want you in here. 

Stop feeding the troll.  It's never worth it.

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6 minutes ago, need2know said:

What a baller.  

People can question what they want about the man, but this is an obvious fact to anyone. Guy was all about winning.

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Just now, Michael Brown said:

Nine people onboard, not five - press conference now on TV

ABC live report still says Kobe and 4 others.  Where do you see 9?

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An MSNBC anchor just accidentally-quit her job on air a bit ago :eek:

 

 

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1 minute ago, Ramblin Wreck said:

ABC live report still says Kobe and 4 others.  Where do you see 9?

LA fire chief on TV just said it live during the official press conference. Won't be a link for a little while, but this is direct from the fire dept not from a reporter

Edit: may not have been the fire chief, but it was whoever was the main speaker for the official press conference

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1 minute ago, Ramblin Wreck said:

ABC live report still says Kobe and 4 others.  Where do you see 9?

The sherif confirmed it 

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Just now, Ramblin Wreck said:

ABC live report still says Kobe and 4 others.  Where do you see 9?

LA county sheriff, at the press conference, just said manifest had pilot plus eight passengers and he believes that many bodies were found 

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1 minute ago, Ramblin Wreck said:

ABC live report still says Kobe and 4 others.  Where do you see 9?

The press conference from the fire and sheriffs department 

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