NBA fans honor Kobe Bryant at Staples Center

Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA lost one of its greatest icons on Sunday morning when Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash.

Bryant’s sudden, heartbreaking passing sent shockwaves through the sports world as the NBA and the NFL offered tributes, prayers and shared memories of Bryant. While more reactions appeared on Twitter, many NBA fans went to the Staples Center to pay their respects.

In the arena where Bryant provided basketball fans with many memories they’ll never forget, those same fans returned to be around each other and honor Bryant’s legacy, impact and life.

Bryant was more than a basketball player. He was an incredible father, a symbol of hope, a man who inspired millions and a player who changed the game forever. Now, all of those whose lives he impacted are mourning his loss.

Basketball is just a game and it’s often an escape for so many people. On this tragic day, we’re all reminded of how precious life can be. Today and so many days to come will be painful, but it’s clear the entire sports community is there to support each other.