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GET — >>> THIS IS AN NBC SPECIAL >>> THIS IS AN NBC SPECIAL REPORT REPORT

HERE’S KATE SNOW HERE’S KATE SNOW >> WE’RE COMING ON THE AIR WITH >> WE’RE COMING ON THE AIR WITH BREAKING NEWS, VERY SAD NEWS TO BREAKING NEWS, VERY SAD NEWS TO TELL THE SPORTS WORLD TELL THE SPORTS WORLD THE L

A TIMES IS REPORTING THAT THE LA TIMES IS REPORTING THAT RETIRED LOS ANGELES LAKERS RETIRED LOS ANGELES LAKERS BASKETBALL STORE KOBE BRYANT HAS BASKETBALL STORE KOBE BRYANT HAS BEEN KILLED IN A HELICOPTER BEEN KILLED IN A HELICOPTER CRASH CRASH

IT HAPPENED THIS MORNING IT HAPPENED THIS MORNING THE CHOPPER WENT DOWN JUST THE CHOPPER WENT DOWN JUST BEFORE 10:00 AM LOCAL TIME BEFORE 10:00 A

M LOCAL TIME ACCORDING TO THE FIRE DEPARTMENT ACCORDING TO THE FIRE DEPARTMENT OUT THERE IN — NORTHWEST OF LOS OUT THERE IN — NORTHWEST OF LOS ANGELES ANGELES IT BURST INTO FLAMES FROM IT BURST INTO FLAMES FROM IMPACT, STARTING A NEARBY BRUSH IMPACT, STARTING A NEARBY BRUSH FIRE FIRE

THE 41-YEAR-OLD KOBE BRYANT WAS THE 41-YEAR-OLD KOBE BRYANT WAS TRAVELING WITH FOUR OTHERS, ALL TRAVELING WITH FOUR OTHERS, ALL FIVE PEOPLE PERISHED IN THE FIVE PEOPLE PERISHED IN THE CRASH CRASH AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT THERE WERE FOGGY CONDITIONS IN THERE WERE FOGGY CONDITIONS IN THAT AREA THAT MAY HAVE THAT AREA THAT MAY HAVE DIMINISHED VISIBILITY DIMINISHED VISIBILITY BRYANT LEAVES BEHIND A WIFE HAVE BRYANT LEAVES BEHIND A WIFE HAVE A NECESSARYVANESS AND FOUR DAUGH A NECESSARYVANESS AND FOUR DAUGH HE STARRED FOR TWO DECADES WITH HE STARRED FOR TWO DECADES WITH THE L

A LAKERS, WINNING FIVE THE LA LAKERS, WINNING FIVE CHAMPIONSHIPS, MAKING 18 CHAMPIONSHIPS, MAKING 18 ALL-STAR GAMES BEFORE HE RETIRED ALL-STAR GAMES BEFORE HE RETIRED IN 2016 IN 2016

I WANT TO BRING IN NBC SPORTS I WANT TO BRING IN NBC SPORTS HOST MIKE TIRICO, JOINING US BY HOST MIKE TIRICO, JOINING US BY PHONE NOW PHONE NOW MIKE, I DON’T THINK WE CAN MIKE, I DON’T THINK WE CAN OVERSTATE WHAT A LEGEND KOBE OVERSTATE WHAT A LEGEND KOBE BRYANT WAS BRYANT WAS >> NO, KATE, CERTAINLY NOT

>> NO, KATE, CERTAINLY NOT AND EVERYONE IN THE SPORTS AND EVERYONE IN THE SPORTS WORLD, NOT JUST THE FOLKS WHO’VE WORLD, NOT JUST THE FOLKS WHO’VE BEEN IN THE BASKETBALL WORLD, BEEN IN THE BASKETBALL WORLD, ARE JUST SHOCKED BY THIS NEWS ARE JUST SHOCKED BY THIS NEWS KOBE RETIRED FROM THE NBA IN KOBE RETIRED FROM THE NBA IN 2016 2016

HE’S A FOURTH ALL-TIME LEADING HE’S A FOURTH ALL-TIME LEADING SCORER, THE THIRD ALL-TIME SCORER, THE THIRD ALL-TIME LEADING SCORER UNTIL YESTERDAY, LEADING SCORER UNTIL YESTERDAY, LeBRON JAMES PASSED HIS MARK LeBRON JAMES PASSED HIS MARK YESTERDAY AND KOBE TWEETED OUT YESTERDAY AND KOBE TWEETED OUT HIS CONGRATULATORY REMARKS HIS CONGRATULATORY REMARKS TOWARDS LeBRON TOWARDS LeBRON AFTER THAT HE WAS WITH ONE OF AFTER THAT HE WAS WITH ONE OF THE MARQUEE FRANCHISES IN THE THE MARQUEE FRANCHISES IN THE NBA, THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND NBA, THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND THAT ALLOWED THE HOLLYWOOD THAT ALLOWED THE HOLLYWOOD PRESENCE THAT YOU’RE TALKING PRESENCE THAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT ABOUT KOBE WAS A CELEBRITY, A STAR ON KOBE WAS A CELEBRITY, A STAR ON AND OFF THE FLOOR

AND OFF THE FLOOR HIS CHAMPIONSHIPS GO BACK 20 HIS CHAMPIONSHIPS GO BACK 20 YEARS YEARS HE CAME RIGHT FROM HIGH SCHOOL HE CAME RIGHT FROM HIGH SCHOOL TO THE NBA AT A TIME WHEN THAT TO THE NBA AT A TIME WHEN THAT WAS NOT DONE VERY OFTEN AND WAS NOT DONE VERY OFTEN AND BECAME ONE OF THE GREATEST BECAME ONE OF THE GREATEST PLAYERS IN THE HISTORY OF THE PLAYERS IN THE HISTORY OF THE LEAGUE LEAGUE

THIS IS A VERY CLOSE LEAGUE THIS IS A VERY CLOSE LEAGUE ITS SUPERSTARS AND ITS LEADERS ITS SUPERSTARS AND ITS LEADERS ARE IN A SMALL TIGHT CIRCLE ARE IN A SMALL TIGHT CIRCLE I WAS IN NEW YORK AT RADIO CITY I WAS IN NEW YORK AT RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL WHERE THEY HAD AN MUSIC HALL WHERE THEY HAD AN UNBELIEVABLE GATHERING OF UNBELIEVABLE GATHERING OF BASKETBALL GREATS, HONORING THE BASKETBALL GREATS, HONORING THE LATE DAVID STERN, THE LATE DAVID STERN, THE COMMISSIONER WHO PASSED AWAY ON COMMISSIONER WHO PASSED AWAY ON JANUARY 1st AND THE COMMUNITY JANUARY 1st AND THE COMMUNITY WAS STILL SADDENED BY THE WAS STILL SADDENED BY THE COMMISSIONER’S PASSING 25 DAYS COMMISSIONER’S PASSING 25 DAYS LATER AND THAT WILL ONLY LATER AND THAT WILL ONLY DEVASTATE ALL THE BASKETBALL DEVASTATE ALL THE BASKETBALL COMMUNITY, AND ALL THE PEOPLE COMMUNITY, AND ALL THE PEOPLE WHO LOVED SPORTS BECAUSE KOBE WHO LOVED SPORTS BECAUSE KOBE BRYANT TRULY WAS ONE OF THE BRYANT TRULY WAS ONE OF THE GREAT SPORTSMEN OF OUR GREAT SPORTSMEN OF OUR GENERATION

GENERATION >> MIKE, WE DON’T KNOW WHERE THE >> MIKE, WE DON’T KNOW WHERE THE HELICOPTER WAS COMING FROM AND HELICOPTER WAS COMING FROM AND GOING TO AT THIS POINT GOING TO AT THIS POINT IT WENT DOWN CALABASSAS IS NEAR IT WENT DOWN CALABASSAS IS NEAR MALIBU, CALIFORNIA MALIBU, CALIFORNIA

I KNOW HE’S BEEN IN THE BUSINESS I KNOW HE’S BEEN IN THE BUSINESS WORLD OF LATE WORLD OF LATE HE’S GOT A NUMBER OF PROJECTS HE’S GOT A NUMBER OF PROJECTS HE’S HAD A NUMBER OF DEALS, I HE’S HAD A NUMBER OF DEALS, I THINK, WITH NIKE AND OTHERS

THINK, WITH NIKE AND OTHERS EXPLAIN THAT, WHAT HAS HE BEEN EXPLAIN THAT, WHAT HAS HE BEEN UP TO MORE RECENTLY? UP TO MORE RECENTLY? >> SURE, HE RETIRED IN 2016, >> SURE, HE RETIRED IN 2016, KATE KATE AND EVEN ON THE DAY OF HIS FINAL AND EVEN ON THE DAY OF HIS FINAL GAME THAT I HAD THE CHANCE TO GAME THAT I HAD THE CHANCE TO BROADCAST HE SCORED 60 POINTS IN BROADCAST HE SCORED 60 POINTS IN THAT GAME, MOST THAT ANYBODY THAT GAME, MOST THAT ANYBODY SCORED IN THE NBA THAT YEAR AS SCORED IN THE NBA THAT YEAR AS AN INDIVIDUAL AN INDIVIDUAL

KOBE WAS TAKING MEETINGS THAT KOBE WAS TAKING MEETINGS THAT MORNING NEAR HIS HOUSE, NEAR HIS MORNING NEAR HIS HOUSE, NEAR HIS OFFICE, NOT NEAR DOWNTOWN LOS OFFICE, NOT NEAR DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES ANGELES YET, BECAUSE OF THE 20 YEARS IN YET, BECAUSE OF THE 20 YEARS IN LA AND THE NOTORIOUS TRAFFIC L

A AND THE NOTORIOUS TRAFFIC IN LOS ANGELES, KOBE, AS HE GOT IN LOS ANGELES, KOBE, AS HE GOT LATER IN HIS CAREER, WOULD LATER IN HIS CAREER, WOULD COMMUTE FROM HIS HOME WHERE HE COMMUTE FROM HIS HOME WHERE HE HAD AN OFFICE NEARBY, AND WOULD HAD AN OFFICE NEARBY, AND WOULD COMMUTE VIA HELICOPTER DOWNTOWN COMMUTE VIA HELICOPTER DOWNTOWN TO LOS ANGELES WHERE THEY PLAYED TO LOS ANGELES WHERE THEY PLAYED AT THE STAPLES CENTER OR TO DO AT THE STAPLES CENTER OR TO DO OTHER THINGS OTHER THINGS SO KOBE’S HELICOPTER HAS BEEN IN SO KOBE’S HELICOPTER HAS BEEN IN USE FOR SEVERAL YEARS USE FOR SEVERAL YEARS

SOME HAD REFERRED TO IT AS KOBE SOME HAD REFERRED TO IT AS KOBE 1, LIKE AIR FORCE ONE, HIS 1, LIKE AIR FORCE ONE, HIS PERSONAL HELICOPTER FROM PERSONAL HELICOPTER FROM COMMUTING DOWNTOWN LA COMMUTING DOWNTOWN LA WHEN I HEARD THE NEWS, THAT’S WHEN I HEARD THE NEWS, THAT’S SOMETHING HE HAD USED OFTEN

SOMETHING HE HAD USED OFTEN >> TALK MORE ABOUT HIS CAREER >> TALK MORE ABOUT HIS CAREER YOU’VE ALREADY HIT ON THE YOU’VE ALREADY HIT ON THE HIGHLIGHTS HIGHLIGHTS

THIS WAS A SPECIAL PLAYER THIS WAS A SPECIAL PLAYER >> TWO OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALS, FIVE >> TWO OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALS, FIVE NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS IN HIS 20 YEARS, HE WAS AN IN HIS 20 YEARS, HE WAS AN ALL-STAR 18 TIMES, THE SECOND ALL-STAR 18 TIMES, THE SECOND MOST IN THE HISTORY OF THE MOST IN THE HISTORY OF THE LEAGUE AND AS I SAID WAS FOURTH LEAGUE AND AS I SAID WAS FOURTH IN POINTS

IN POINTS BUT THOSE STATS, AND ACCOLADES, BUT THOSE STATS, AND ACCOLADES, EXTRAORDINARY BY ANY ACCOUNTING EXTRAORDINARY BY ANY ACCOUNTING PALE IN COMPARISON TO THE PEOPLE PALE IN COMPARISON TO THE PEOPLE WHO COMPETED AGAINST KOBE WHO COMPETED AGAINST KOBE

HE HAD A DESIRE TO DRIVE TO HE HAD A DESIRE TO DRIVE TO COMPETE UNLIKE IN OTHER COMPETE UNLIKE IN OTHER ATHLETES ATHLETES IF HIS MOM WAS THERE GUARDING IF HIS MOM WAS THERE GUARDING THE BASKET, HE WOULD GO OVER HIS THE BASKET, HE WOULD GO OVER HIS MOM FOR A HOOP MOM FOR A HOOP THAT WAS KOBE, NICKNAMED THE THAT WAS KOBE, NICKNAMED THE MAMBA, YOU’VE SEEN HIM TALK MAMBA, YOU’VE SEEN HIM TALK ABOUT IT WITH MANY ATHLETES IN ABOUT IT WITH MANY ATHLETES IN VARIOUS SPORTS, RANGING FROM VARIOUS SPORTS, RANGING FROM OTHER NBA PLAYERS TO TEAMMATES OTHER NBA PLAYERS TO TEAMMATES TO COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYERS TO COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYERS AND WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS AND WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS IN CURRENT DAY, THEY ALL HAVE IN CURRENT DAY, THEY ALL HAVE BEEN INSPIRED BY KOBE BRYANT’S BEEN INSPIRED BY KOBE BRYANT’S MENTALITY TO BE THAT EXTRA LEVEL MENTALITY TO BE THAT EXTRA LEVEL OF GREAT

OF GREAT YOU’VE BEEN SHOWING THE PICTURES YOU’VE BEEN SHOWING THE PICTURES OF KOBE ON THE SCREEN OF KOBE ON THE SCREEN ONE OF THEM IS WITH HIS ONE OF THEM IS WITH HIS DAUGHTER DAUGHTER

HIS DAUGHTER, ONE OF THE FOUR HIS DAUGHTER, ONE OF THE FOUR DAUGHTERS WAS A VERY GOOD YOUNG DAUGHTERS WAS A VERY GOOD YOUNG BASKETBALL PLAYER AND WE’VE SEEN BASKETBALL PLAYER AND WE’VE SEEN LOTS OF SHOTS IN NBA GAMES IN LOTS OF SHOTS IN NBA GAMES IN THE LAST TWO YEARS OF KOBE THE LAST TWO YEARS OF KOBE TALKING BASKETBALL AND OTHER TALKING BASKETBALL AND OTHER THINGS WITH HIS DAUGHTER THINGS WITH HIS DAUGHTER THAT’S JUST ONE OF MANY THAT’S JUST ONE OF MANY HEARTBREAKING ASPECTS OF THIS HEARTBREAKING ASPECTS OF THIS JUST — UNBELIEVABLE STORY HERE JUST — UNBELIEVABLE STORY HERE >> UNBELIEVABLE

>> UNBELIEVABLE WE DIDN’T BELIEVE IT IN THE WE DIDN’T BELIEVE IT IN THE NEWSROOM WHEN WE HEARD THE THE NEWSROOM WHEN WE HEARD THE THE FIRST REPORTS FIRST REPORTS NBC NEWS HAS JUST CONFIRMED THE NBC NEWS HAS JUST CONFIRMED THE PASSING, WE’RE NO LONGER PASSING, WE’RE NO LONGER ATTRIBUTING THIS TO THE LA

ATTRIBUTING THIS TO THE LA TIMES, NBC NEWS HAS SPOKEN WITH TIMES, NBC NEWS HAS SPOKEN WITH THE CITY MANAGER OF CALABASAS, THE CITY MANAGER OF CALABASAS, CALIFORNIA CONFIRMING KOBE CALIFORNIA CONFIRMING KOBE BRYANT DIED IN A HELICOPTER BRYANT DIED IN A HELICOPTER CRASH CRASH YOU CAN SEE THE WRECKAGE BURNING YOU CAN SEE THE WRECKAGE BURNING IN THAT BACKGROUND SHOT

IN THAT BACKGROUND SHOT THIS IS ABOUT 10:00 AM PACIFIC THIS IS ABOUT 10:00 AM

PACIFIC TIME, SO ABOUT 1:00 PM EASTERN TIME, SO ABOUT 1:00 PM EASTERN TIME TODAY ON A SUNDAY

TIME TODAY ON A SUNDAY MIKE, WHAT WILL HAPPEN NOW, ARE MIKE, WHAT WILL HAPPEN NOW, ARE YOU HEARING YET FROM ANY GIANTS, YOU HEARING YET FROM ANY GIANTS, OTHER GIANTS IN THE WORLD OF OTHER GIANTS IN THE WORLD OF BASKETBALL OR SPORTS? BASKETBALL OR SPORTS? I ASSUME THERE WILL BE AN I ASSUME THERE WILL BE AN OUTPOURING OF GRIEF OUTPOURING OF GRIEF >> THERE WILL BE, KATE >> THERE WILL BE, KATE

AS IS THE CASE IN 2020, THIS AS IS THE CASE IN 2020, THIS NEWS OFTEN TRANSFERS AROUND THE NEWS OFTEN TRANSFERS AROUND THE COUNTRY MUCH QUICKER THAN IT COUNTRY MUCH QUICKER THAN IT USED TO BECAUSE OF SOCIAL MEDIA USED TO BECAUSE OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND JUST SEEING THE REPORTS AND AND JUST SEEING THE REPORTS AND COMMENTS OF SOME ON SOCIAL COMMENTS OF SOME ON SOCIAL MEDIA, IT’S A COMPLETE MEDIA, IT’S A COMPLETE DEVASTATION, EMOTIONALLY FOR SO DEVASTATION, EMOTIONALLY FOR SO MANY PEOPLE WHO WERE INSPIRED BY MANY PEOPLE WHO WERE INSPIRED BY KOBE KOBE AND UNDOUBTEDLY AS YOU WATCH NOT AND UNDOUBTEDLY AS YOU WATCH NOT JUST NBA GAMES, BUT I THINK JUST NBA GAMES, BUT I THINK GAMES IN ANY SPORT OVER THE NEXT GAMES IN ANY SPORT OVER THE NEXT FOUR OR FIVE, SIX DAYS, YOU WILL FOUR OR FIVE, SIX DAYS, YOU WILL SEE EMOTIONAL TRIBUTES SEE EMOTIONAL TRIBUTES YOU’LL SEE KOBE’S NUMBER, EITHER YOU’LL SEE KOBE’S NUMBER, EITHER NUMBER 8 OR 24, OR BOTH IN HIS NUMBER 8 OR 24, OR BOTH IN HIS CAREER, YOU’LL SEE THEM ON CAREER, YOU’LL SEE THEM ON SNEAKERS, YOU’LL SEE PLAYERS SNEAKERS, YOU’LL SEE PLAYERS WEARING THEM IF THEY CAN, YOU’LL WEARING THEM IF THEY CAN, YOU’LL SEE DECEMBER PLAYS OF EMOTIONS SEE DECEMBER PLAYS OF EMOTIONS AND SIGNS AND OF COURSE MOMENTS AND SIGNS AND OF COURSE MOMENTS OF SILENCE

OF SILENCE NOT JUST IN THE NBA OR COLLEGE NOT JUST IN THE NBA OR COLLEGE BASKETBALL BUT SPORTS ALL OVER BASKETBALL BUT SPORTS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY GOING THROUGH THE THE COUNTRY GOING THROUGH THE NEXT FEW WEEKS AND CERTAINLY THE NEXT FEW WEEKS AND CERTAINLY THE SPORTS WORLD WILL BE IN SPORTS WORLD WILL BE IN MOURNING MOURNING AT AGE 41 KOBE HAD SO MANY

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