How the Kobe Bryant tragedy brought the networks closer


Sometimes it is after a terrible loss that something is found in the grief and healing process. Beef is squeezed. Families are hugged. Bonds and brotherhoods are strengthened.

Their families suffered a tragic loss after the death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other Sundays. But after a member of his extended family is lost, much of the NBA goes through this painful process.

The networks that are preparing to receive the bulls on Friday are no different as Kyrie Irving Bryant has been exceptionally close.

"It is heartbreaking for all of us. But I am not the only one who has something to do with something. The best thing is that it connects us all. And the seeds that he has planted in all of us can continue to grow and his legacy will live on forever, ”said Irving on Wednesday.

"There is a lot of grief going on for me. I just pay my respect. I know there will be more news and things to be done in the next few days to commemorate the lost lives."

Kyrie Irving
Kyrie IrvingPaul J. Bereswill

Like in homage to Bryant added to the All Star game. Like a move to change the NBA logo to its image and the WNBA logo to Gianna's. The NBA petition had over 2.9 million signatures on on Thursday afternoon.

These may not be temporary, but they are temporary. In many cases, the impact of the tragic helicopter crash can be emotional and cause players to do their best.

Like Kendrick Perkins, who crushes his beef with Nets star Kevin Durant when he learns of Bryant's death. Or Spencer Dinwiddie – who had already built a friendship with Irving – reached for his teammate and comforted him with a hug after the emotional game on Wednesday.

"It's a fraternity. It's a fraternity in the NBA as a whole, but it's a fraternity in this locker room," said Dinwiddie, who has had a 28-point game against the Pistons.

"Every time of need is for a group, and the extent of the need drives you so much closer together."

It reflected the original message from trainer Kenny Atkinson to his networks when they first heard the news of Bryant's sudden death. Although Atkinson chose to keep the message in the house, it was essentially: go home and hug those close to you and appreciate your time with them.

“Kenny repeated it to us again. Make sure you go home, relax mentally and reach the people you love. These are the things that are important, ”said Joe Harris.

The most literal example was probably Garrett Temple.

Coincidentally, the Nets Guard suggested to his girlfriend on Sunday night after the news got out and Brooklyn lost to the Knicks.

He had already planned to propose that day. And she said yes.

"My brother was in town, so we got the ring and I ran down the stairs and got dressed quickly," said Temple. "I hadn't looked at my cell phone before I left the house, so I got into the car with the engagement ring, then my brother told me. And honestly, if he had told me beforehand, I would have the ring of two Reasons not brought:

"I probably wouldn't have remembered it, and I wouldn't even have thought of getting it out, [thinking] Today is not the day. But on the other hand, it just shows you how volatile life is, and I thought it was still time to do it. Many people have told me that it is happiness at the end of a tragic day. I am definitely glad that I have finished it. "