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Toronto, Jan 26 (Canadian-Media): The death of Kobe Bryant, an 18-time NBA all-star in a helicopter crash is being mourned by Canada's basketball players, media reports said.
An 18-time NBA all-star, Bryant had was the proud winner of five championships during a 20-year career with the Lakers and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation.
Kobe Bryant. Image credit: Facebook page
Bryant's death on Sunday was mourned by the worlds of sports and entertainment with observation of a moment of silence at a pre-broadcast portion of the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
A photo of a custom-made leather jacket Bryant had worn to the 2016 NBA all-star game in Toronto was posted by Canadian rapper Drake to honour Bryant. with the caption on Drake's Instagram post reading “It can't be.”
“You can tell there's an emptiness now here in this building, it's surreal,” Raptors broadcaster Matt Devlin said on the pre-game broadcast.
“It's obviously very difficult (to play),” said Canadian TV commentator Leo Rautins. “If anything you embody yourself in a Kobe Bryant spirit...A lot of players are devastated, he's had a tremendous impact on a lot of the young generation of the NBA, you talk about his peers, he's got so much respect from everybody.”