Popovich on Kobe Bryant’s death: ‘There are no words to describe how everybody feels'

Kobe Bryant, daughter passed away after helicopter crash in California

Gregg Popovich remembers Kobe Bryant
Gregg Popovich remembers Kobe Bryant

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich is mourning the loss of retired NBA star Kobe Bryant.

Bryant, 41, and his daughter Gianna, 13, died in a tragic helicopter crash in California Sunday, along with seven other victims.

The pair was reportedly headed to a travel basketball game at the time of the crash. No one survived, authorities say.

Popovich says he’s keeping Bryant’s family and loved ones in his thoughts as they go through the grieving process.

The Spurs played the Raptors on Sunday afternoon a short time after hearing of Bryant’s death and the crash. Below is what Popovich had to say.

“Good game, tough loss, who cares. Everybody is pretty emotional about the tragedy with Kobe. All of us knew what a great player he was, but he went beyond great play. He was a competitor. It goes unmatched. Even more importantly, we all feel a deep sense of loss for what he meant to all of us in so many ways and so many millions of people loved him for so many different reasons. It’s just a tragic thing and there are no words that can describe how everybody feels. We all think about the family and process they will be going through now. That’s where all our thoughts should be,” Popovich said.

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RJ Marquez has been at KSAT since 2010. He's covered a variety of stories and events across the San Antonio area, and is the lead reporter for KSAT Explains. He also covers the Spurs for on-air and digital platforms. You can see RJ regularly on KSAT Explains and Good Morning San Antonio. He also writes a weekly Spurs newsletter.

Cody King is a digital journalist for KSAT 12. She previously worked for WICS/WRSP 20 in Springfield, Illinois.