This was an incredibly emotional episode of "Big Apple Buckets" in honor of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and the seven other people who were killed in a tragic helicopter accident outside Los Angeles on Sunday. We open the show and hear clips from the emotional reactions of Doc Rivers, Elle Duncan and Tracy McGrady to the death of Kobe and Gianna.
Kazeem Famuyide shares his feelings about losing Kobe and what he meant for him and his family as an icon on and off the square. Kaz tells how he took his Nigerian mother to Kobe's last game at Madison Square Garden and how grateful she was to see Kobe play one last time and how difficult this must be for Vanessa Bryant and the family's three surviving daughters. Kaz and I look at what impact Bryant had on the game, how he worked for women's basketball, and how he retired to be an excellent father.
Carlos Boozer, Kobe's teammate for the Lakers in the 2014-2015 season, then joins the show. Boozer says Kobe was a great teammate – and the ultimate competitor. The former great NBA man also likes to look at Kobe's success in new basketball efforts.
The New York Post sports columnist Mike Vaccaro then comes to the show from Los Angeles. Vaccaro examines how important Kobe was to Los Angeles and the emotional Lakers game planned for Friday. He remembers Kobe's reporting and examines Kobe's relationship with the media.
Former NBA referee Bob Delaney then joins the show. Delaney shares his memories of taking office of Kobe's games, including the great story of a conversation they had after Delaney fouled Kobe at the start of the game.
Rest in peace for Kobe, GiGi and all those who died in this tragic accident.
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