Kobe Bryant texted Shaquille O'Neal's son Shareef just hours before he was killed in a helicopter crash on January 26, and Shareef appreciates those words.
Shareef, who shared a screenshot of Bryant and asked him, "You good family?" Sports Illustrated said he made the message on his phone background.
"I watch it every day," said Shareef. "It's a special moment. It's crazy that he texted me three hours earlier and asked if I was good. He always checked in with me. I literally left because I saw him that day I went to the same place he went to. It's crazy. It's still incredible. "
Shareef said he should go to the Mamba Sports Academy, where Bryant was directed the day he and eight others were killed in the accident. Bryant wanted O’Neal's sister to play basketball with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, who was also killed in the accident.
"There are always people in life who are considered superheroes who can never be harmed. It is still incredible for me, I still don't even want to believe it," said Shareef. "It's just crazy to think about. It races through my head, but it made me concentrate more. I feel like it changed my basketball drive to 10. I will do it for him because I know he wants me to do it well. He always told me he wanted me to do it well. It's crazy, but I'm going to play for him. "
Shareef, who moves from UCLA to his father's alma mater LSU, received a Bryant Tribute tattoo earlier this month.
Shaq, who won three NBA titles with the Lakers along with Bryant, was upset after Bryant's death.
"I lost a little brother," said Shaq.