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LOOKED AT THE CAMERA AS THOUGH THE CAMERA WAS LeBRON HE TALK ABOUT HOW PROUD HE WAS OF LeBRON

HE WISHED HIM WELL IN ONE OF THE LAST THINGS HE SAID IN THAT INTERVIEW WAS CONGRATULATIONS BRO WHEN YOU SAY STUFF LIKE THAT, THAT MEANS CONGRATULATIONS BROTHER THAT IS WHAT EVERYBODY WHO HAS EVER OR HAS A LAKER UNIFORM ON, THAT IS WHAT THEY CONSIDERED EACH OTHER TO BE BROTHERS HE WAS CONGRATULATING HIS BROTHER

TO MY KNOWLEDGE, THAT WAS THE LAST INTERVIEW I DID WITH HIM TO MY KNOWLEDGE, IT MAY BE THE LAST INTERVIEW HE EVER DID >> THE VIDEO YOU ARE SEEING ON YOUR SCREEN IS OUT OF CALABASAS THIS MORNING THERE WAS FIVE PEOPLE ON BOARD AND NO SURVIVORST KOBE BRYANT, ON BOARD

WE DO NOT KNOW WHO ELSE WAS ON BOARD WITH HIM JIM HILL, OR SPORTS DIRECTOR IS ON THE PHONE YOU SAID HE TRAVELED OFTEN BY HELICOPTER IS THAT RIGHT? >> YEAH HE ALWAYS TRAVELED — MOST OF THE TIME, 99% OF THE TIME WHEN HE CAME FROM NEWPORT BEACH TO THE LOS ANGELES AREA, IT WAS BY HELICOPTER

A LOT OF TIMES THE CHOPPER WOULD LAND ON THE RITZ CARLTON HOTEL INDOWN LA THAT WAS A WAY FOR HIM NOT TO DRIVE BACK AND FORTH HE LOVED TRAVELING BY HELICOPTER BECAUSE IT WAS EFFICIENT TO HIM, IT WAS NOTHING

IT WAS JUST LIKE YOU AND I GETTING IN OUR CAR AND DRIVING TO DOWNTOWN LA THAT IS HOW COMFORTABLE HE WAS WITH TRANSPORTING BY HELICOPTER LIKE YOU SAID, WITH THE WEATHER CONDITIONS THE WAY THEY ARE, THAT IS BEING REPORTED AS ONE OF THE FACTORS NOW >> JIM, I KNOW IT IS STILL EARLY

THERE IS STILL SO MUCH WE DON'T KNOW ANY WORD THAT YOU ARE HEARING ABOUT WHO MIGHT HAVE BEEN ON BOARD WITH HIM? WE ARE HEARING HIS WIFE MAY NOT HAVE BEEN YOU ARE SAYING MAYBE OTHER FAMILY? >> YEAH MAYBE OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS AND OTHER FRIENDS AS A MATTER OF FACT, I'LL HAVE MORE IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF MINUTES

AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, PEOPLE ARE CALLING EACH OTHER AND THINGS ARE BEING SAID THAT HAVEN'T BEEN CONFIRMED MAYBE A FAMILY MEMBER AND A FRIEND OR FRIENDS >> JIM HILL, YOU HAVE BEEN COVERING KOBE SINCE HE WAS A YOUNG MAN ONLY 41 YEARS OLD

A LOT OF US THOUGHT THERE WERE STILL MANY MORE CHAPTERS FOR HIM IN LOS ANGELES THAT WE WERE ALL ANXIOUS TO SEE WHAT HE WAS GOING TO THE NEXT >> BE A WRITER HE LOVED WRITING HE WAS A GIFTED INDIVIDUAL THE BIG PERSON UP IN THE SKY GAVE HIM GIFTS THAT HE WAS JUST STARTING TO SCRATCH THE SURFACE OF

THERE WERE MANY, MANY OTHER THINGS I KNOW HE WANTED TO DO UNFORTUNATELY, NOW, HE WON'T BE ABLE TO DO THEM WE'LL HAVE TO DO THEM FOR HIM OUR CBS VIEWERS, WE'LL RETURN YOU TO GOLF COVERAGE WE WANT TO REITERATE

KOBE BRYANT, ONE OF FIVE PEOPLE KILLED IN A HELICOPTER CRASH THIS MORNING IN CALABASAS STILL NO WORD ON WHAT CAUSED THE AIRCRAFT TO GO DOWN WE'LL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THIS STORY AND UPDATE YOU THROUGH THE DAY WE'LL RETURN THE CBS NEWERS TO GOLF COVERAGE WE'LL STAY ON CBSN L

A WITH THIS CONTINUING COVERAGE OF THIS BREAKING NEWS OUT OF CALABASAS THIS MORNING BREAKING NEW, A HELICOPTER WENT DOWN IN CALABASAS THERE WERE FIVE PEOPLE ON BOARD COBY BRYAN WAS ONE OF THE FIVE WHO DID NOT SURVIVE

YOU ARE LOOKING AT VIDEO FROM THE SCENE WHEN THE AIRCRAFT WENT DOWN THE BRUSH CAUGHT ON FIRE IT WAS AN OVERCAST MORNING THERE WAS A LOT OF CLOUD COVER THE HELICOPTER WENT DOWN IN A GRASSY AREA, CAUGHT THE BRUSH ON FIRE

YOU CAN SEE THE WRECKAGE FROM ú NO SURVIVORS KOBE BRYANT, 41 YEARS OLD SO WELL-KNOWN IN THE SPORTS WORLD HE WAS ONE OF THE ALL-TIME SCORING LEADERS LAST NIGHT LeBRON JAMES PASSED HIM AS THIRD ON THE LIST

KOBE BRYANT WENT ON TWITTER YESTERDAY CONGRATULATING LeBRON SAYING HE WAS GLAD IT WAS ANOTHER LAKER TAKING HIS PLACE ON THE LIST WE ARE HEARING THIS MORNING 41 YEARS OLD KOBE BRYANT WAS ONE OF THE PEOPLE KILLED IN THIS HELICOPTER CRASH >> Reporter: IT STARTED OFF AS A JOYOUS MORNING TURNED INTO A DEVASTATING, SHOCKING RED CARPET AT THE GRAMMY'S IT FELT LIKE A WAVE

IT STARTED COMING THROUGH THE CARPET >>> AS YOU HAVE BEEN HEARING FROM OUR CBSN LA STATION, CBS NEWS CONFIRMS NBA LEGEND KOBE BRYANT IS DEAD AFTER A HELICOPTER CRASH IN CALABASAS, CALIFORNIA THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF SAID FIVE PEOPLE WRE ON BOARD

IT IS UNCLEAR WHO BRYANT WAS TRAVELING WITH KRIS VAN CLEAVE IS JOINING US ON THE PHONE HE IS PREPARING TO HEAD TO CALIFORNIA WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THIS HELICOPTER? WHAT DO WE KNOW SO FAR REGARDING THIS EARLY STAGE OF THE INVESTIGATION? >> Reporter: WELL, THIS WAS A HIGH-END HELICOPTER THAT HAS A GOOD SAFETY RECORD CERTAINLY ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THE N

TSB, WHO WILL EVENTUALLY LOOK INTO THIS CRASH, THEY ARE REQUIRED BY LAW TO LOOK INTO ANY AVIATION ACTION THAT RESULTS IN A FATALITY THEY'LL CERTAINLY LOOK AT THE CRASH

THEY'LL LOOK IF THE HELICOPTER WAS IN GOOD WORKING SHAPE CERTAINLY THE WEATHER CONDITIONS WILL BE SOMETHING THEY LOOK AT WHEN THEY START TO LOOK INTO THIS ACCIDENT RIGHT NOW, IN THE EARLY STAGES OF THIS, IT WILL BE MORE ABOUT A BRUSH FIRE THAT KICKED OFF AROUND THIS CRASH SCENE GETTING THAT TAKEN CARE OF SECURING THE SCENE

THE FAA AND NTSB WILL HAVE INVESTIGATORS THAT MAKE THEIR WAY TO THE SCENE

THEY'LL TRY TO PIECE TOGETHER WHAT HAPPENED IN THE FINAL MOMENTS OF THIS FLIGHT THEY ARE GOING TO LOOK AT THE PILOT'S HISTORY THEY'LL TRY TO PUT TOGETHER A REAL CLEAR TIMELINE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED HERE >> AS YOU HAVE BEEN SPEAKING I HAVE BEEN LOOKING ON TWITTER THE CITY OF CALABASAS, WHERE THIS AIRCRAFT WENT DOWN HAS A TWEET FROM 30 MINUTES AGO

I WANT TO SHOW OUR VIEWERS IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS WE LEARN OF THE DEATH OF KOBE BRYANT AND FOUR OTHERS IN A HELICOPTER CRASH IN CALABASAS THE AIRCRAFT WENT DOWN IN A REMOTE AROUND 10:00 ANTHONY MASON NOBODY ON THE GROUND WAS HURT THERE IS SUPPOSED TO BE A 2:00 LOCAL TIME, THAT WILL BE A 5:00 P

M EASTERN TIME NEWS CONFERENCE WITH AUTHORITIES ON THE SCENE WE HOPE TO LEARN MORE DETAILS THERE GOING BACK TO THIS TYPE OF HELICOPTER, WHAT KIND OF RECORD THAT THAT KIND OF HELICOPTER HAVE? >> Reporter: IT HAS A GOOD, SOLID SAFETY HISTORY IT IS A HIGHER END HELICOPTER

IT IS A FAIRLY LARGE HELICOPTER IT IS SIMILAR TO THE ONE THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP OPERATES IT CAN HOLD MULTIPLE PASSENGERS GENERALLY SPEAKING, HAS A SOLID SAFETY RECORD WITH THAT SAID, CLEARLY SOMETHING WENT WRONG THIS MORNING

THAT WILL BE WHAT THE INVESTIGATORS, NTSB AND FAA WILL LOOK AT HERE

I DON'T THINK WE'LL GET A LOT OF QUICK ANSWERS AS TO WHAT BROUGHT THE HELICOPTER DOWN AT THAT PRESS CONFERENCE IN A FEW HOURS THOSE FACTS TEND TO TAKE A LITTLE BIT OF TIME TO WORK OUT YOU HAVE TO PIECE TOGETHER EVERYTHING YOU CAN FROM AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL AUDIO, FROM WHATEVER COMMUNICATIONS THAT MAY HAVE COME FROM THE HELICOPTER AND CRASH SCENE AS WELL AS LOOK INTO THE HISTORY OF THE PILOT SEE IF YOU CAN FIGURE OUT WHAT WENT WRONG THIS WAS A GOOD HELICOPTER

>> I'M WONDERING, GIVEN THE HIGH PROFILE NATURE NOW OF THIS CRASH, IS THERE ANY KIND POSSIBILITY THAT WE MIGHT GET INFORMATION, PERHAPS, A LITTLE SOONER? WITH RESPECT TO WHAT THE INSTRUMENTS ON BOARD THIS HELICOPTER WERE OR WERE NOT DOING, WHAT KIND OF EVIDENCE ARE INVESTIGATORS GOING TO HAVE AVAILABLE TO THEM TO LOOK AT? >> Reporter: I DON'T BELIEVE THIS HELICOPTER HAS A BLACK BOX CERTAINLY MANY COMPONENTS RECORD DATA THE NTS

B WILL LOOK AT RECOVERING WHAT THEY CAN FROM THE FLIGHT CONTROLS AND SEE WHAT DATA WAS PRESERVED IN THIS CRASH THEY CAN THEN USE IT TO HELP PAINT A CLEARER PICTURE WE KNOW FROM PAST INVESTIGATIONS THAT THE NT

SB PROCESS IS VERY THOROUGH IT TAKES TIME IT MAY BE A YEAR BEFORE THERE IS A FINAL REPORT ON THIS CRASH

OFTEN DETAILS OR A PICTURE OF WHAT HAPPENED BECOMES CLEAR IN THE COMING DAYS THIS EARLY AFTER A CRASH FROM THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD AND FAA STANDPOINT, EVERYTHING WILL BE ON THE TABLE YOU START REMOVING POSSIBILITIES AS YOU GO THEY WANT TO KNOW WHY THE HELICOPTER WENT DOWN THE WAY IT DID THEY'LL START WITH EVERY SCENARIO AND SEND THE LIST UNTIL THEY GET INTO OR GET A BETTER SENSE AS TO WHAT HAPPENED ON THIS HELICOPTER ON THIS DAY

THEY WANT TO PREVENT CRASHES LIKE THIS FROM HAPPENING AGAIN >> KRIS VAN CLEAVE, THANK YOU VERY MUCH >> Reporter: SURE THING >> JOINING ME ON THE PHONE IS BEN HILL, A NATIONAL NBA WRITER FOR THE "WASHINGTON POST" YOUR THOUGHTS AND REACTION AS WE ARE JUST LEARNING DETAILS NOW OF KOBE BRYANT BEING AMONG THOSE KILLED IN THIS HELICOPTER CRASH IN CALIFORNIA TODAY

HE HAS BEEN BRINGING HIS DAUGHTER TO GAMES THIS SEASON THEY SIT COURTSIDE LAST MONTH HE WAS INTERACTING WITH THE PLAYERS, INCLUDING LeBRON JAMES HE WENT DOWN FROM THIRD TO FOURTH HE IS AN NBA LEGEND AT 42 YEARS OLD

HE FEELS LIKE HE WAS AN ACTIVE PART OF THE BASKETBALL COMMUNITY AND NOW HE IS GONE >> Reporter: HE PLAYS ALL 20 SEASONS WITH THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS HE WON FIVE TITLES LA

LOVES THEIR CHAMPIONS THEY LOVE THE LOYALTY FACTOR FOR HIM, A LOT OF MODERN BASKETBALL PLAYERS HOP FROM TEAM TO TEAM WE HAVE SEEN KEVIN DURANT AND LeBRON JAMES DO THAT THAT WASN'T THE CASE WITH KOBE BRYANT

HE RAISED HIS FOUR DAUGHTERS IN THE AREA HIS WIFE IS FROM THE AREA, TOO THEY ARE HUGE CELEBRITIES EVERYWHERE HE GOES HE MIGHT SEE MURALS ON WALLS CERTAINLY THERE IS A BILLBOARD ADVERTISING HIS SNEAKERS FOR YEARS AND YEARS

I THINK HE WAS ON TRACK TO BE ELECTED INTO THE HALL OF FAME THIS SUMMER THAT SPEAKS TO JUST THE NATURE OF HIS CAREER ON A MORE NATIONAL STAGE HE IS AN ABSOLUTE ICON UP THERE WITH THE MOST POPULAR ATHLETES IN THE CITY FROM ANY SPORT CERTAINLY, HAVING THE CAREER WHERE HE DID WHERE HE HAD TONS OF SUCCESS EARLY, HE WON THREE TITLES WITH SHAQUILLE O'NEAL

HE HAD A DIVORCE ON THE COURT WHERE THEY DIDN'T GET ALONG HE WAS ABLE TO PUT THE PIECES BACK TOGETHER AND WIN TWO MORE TITLES IN HIS CAREER HE UNDERWENT A SERIOUS ACHILLES INJURY WHERE EVERYONE WOULD FEEL HIS PAIN HE BATTLED BACK AND PLAYED THREE MORE SEASONS A SITUATION WHERE HIS FANS FEEL LIKE THEY RODE THE HIGHS AND THE LOWS WITH HIM EVERY STEP OF THE WAY

CERTAINLY, HIS FAMILY MEMBERS, HIS WIFE AND DAUGHTERS WERE TREATED LIKE FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE CITY >> OKAY IF YOU'LL STAND BY I'M TOLD WE HAVE ON THE PHONE CBS NEWS RADIO WEST COAST CORRESPONDENT AT THE SCENE TELL US WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE THERE IN CALABASAS ON THE GROUND

>> Reporter: RIGHT NOW I'M ACROSS THE STREET THEY HAVE CORDENNED OFF THIS AREA WHERE THE CRASH TOOK PLACE I LIVE NEARBY HERE THE AREA THAT WE ARE AT, WE ARE ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE WATER DISTRICT I HAVE BEEN HERE MANY TIMES TO PAY MY BILL

I KNOW THIS AREA VERY WELL A TRUCK NOW IS LEAVING THIS IS THE MALIBU SEARCH-AND- RESCUE FROM THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT IT IS DEPARTING THE SCENE NOW I DON'T KNOW IF THOSE MAY HAVE THE BODIES

USUALLY YOU HAVE THE CORONER IN THERE THE CORONER'S OFFICE WOULD REMOVE BODIES RIGHT NOW WE HAVE 100 PEOPLE HERE, BYSTANDERS, PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE AREA, LAKER FANS, MANY OF THEM HAVE TO COMPOSE THEMSELVES THAT IS HOW MOVED THEY ARE BY THIS INCIDENT AT THIS MOMENT PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT MEMORIES WITH KOBE BRYANT

HERE, YOU'LL STAND AND HEAR SILENCE PEOPLE ARE STUNNED QUITE OFTEN IN A NEW SITUATION YOU HEAR LOTS OF TALKING AT TIMES I HAVE HEARD TOTAL SILENCE I THINK PEOPLE ARE IN SHOCK NOW

WHAT WAS THE WEATHER LIKE? WHAT WERE CONDITIONS LIKE EARLIER? I UNDERSTAND THE CALLS CAME IN AROUND 10:00 AM LOCAL TIME ABOUT 1:00 PM

EASTERN >> Reporter: I WAS DRIVING AROUND THAT TIME THIS MORNING I WAS SORT OF SURPRISED HOW OVERCAST IT WAS I WOULD NOT SAY RAIN JUST A FEW BITS OF PRECIPITATION IT WAS CLOUDY HERE TODAY

NOT THICK CLOUDS NOT LOW CLOUDS BUT IT WAS CLOUDY >> STEVE, THE TERRAIN THERE, WE ARE LOOKING AT SHOTS THERE ASPEARSES TO BE A HILLY AREA

CAN YOU DESCRIBE THAT A BIT FURTHER FOR US? >> THESE ARE FOOTHILLS IN WHICH WE HAVE ALL AROUND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA THE ROAD THAT I'M ON NOW IS THE ROAD THAT CONNECTS THE INLAND PART OF LA WITH MALIBU IF I WANT TO GO TO MALIBU, I WILL TAKE THIS ROAD

I HAVE TAKEN THIS ROAD HUNDREDS OF TIMES I KNOW THIS AREA VERY WELL I CAN NOT RECALL SEEING HELICOPTERS IN THIS AREA EXCEPT FOR POLICE HELICOPTERS THIS IS AN AREA THAT WE HAVE BEEN AT BEFORE COVERING FIRES THESE ARE HILLSIDES THAT CAUGHT FIRE IN SOME OF THE CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES IN THE PAST

>> I WANT TO BRING IN BEN GULLIVER WITH THE "WASHINGTON POST" WHO WAS TALKING ABOUT THE IMPACT KOBE BRYANT HAD IN THE GREATEST LOS ANGELES AREA GIVEN HOW LONG AND HOW SUCCESSFUL HE WAS DURING HIS TIME WITH THE LA LAKERS BEN, WE HEARD STEVE MENTION A MOMENT AGO THE SHOCK AND IT SOUNDS LIKE DISBELIEF AMONG THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEGUN TO GATHER IN THAT AREA, WHICH IT SOUNDS LIKE IS JUST OUTSIDE OF THE PERIMETER AUTHORITIES SET UP WE SHOWED A TWEET FROM SCOTTY PIPPEN, FORMER CHICAGO BULL, EXPRESSING HIS SADNESS

I WONDER IF YOU CAN TALK ABOUT HOW KOBE BRYANT'S DEATH, THERE IS THE TWEET THAT SCOTTY PIPPEN BEN, IF YOU ARE WITH US, CAN YOU DESCRIBE HOW MUCH OF AN IMPACT THE DEATH OF KOBE BRYANT WILL HAVE IN THE WORLD OF THE NBA GIVEN HIS CAREER, GIVEN THE CLOSENESS THAT CLEARLY MANY OTHER PLAYERS FEEL WITH KOBE BRYANT? >> Reporter: I WAS THERE FOR THE TWO GOLD MEDALS HE WON I WAS THERE THE NIGHT HE WON AN OSCAR THIS WAS SOMEONE WHO HAD UNBELIEVABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS I WAS IN EAGLE, COLORADO, PROBABLY THE LOW POINT FOR KOBE BRYANT'S PUBLIC CAREER WHEN HE HAD THAT CHARGE OF RAPE FOR A WHILE THAT WAS EVENTUALLY SETTLED OUT OF COURT

I HAVE COVERED THIS MAN FROM WHEN HE WAS DRAFTED AS A HIGH SCHOOLER TO NOW IT WAS JUST A REMARKABLE LIFE THIS WAS A MAN WHO ALWAYS GAVE IT HIS ALL SOMETIMES YOU DIDN'T GET ALONG WITH OTHER PLAYERS YOU MENTION SCOTTY PIPPEN

I REMEMBER ONE GAME SEVEN LAKERS PLAYED AGAINST THE PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS AND PIPPEN WAS WITH THE TRAILBLAZERS AND KOBE BRYANT PUT A STAKE IN THE HEART OF PIPPEN I REMEMBER HIM POUNDING HIS FIRSTS ON THE TOWELS USED FOR PLAYERS TO CLEAN UP HE WAS SO DISTRAUGHT AT THE PAIN KOBE BRYANT AND LAKERS INSTILLED IN HIM I AM TRYING TO RECALL A PLAYER OF SUCH STATURE DYING AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE WE HAVE HAD GREAT PLAYERS DIE

I DON'T THINK YOU HAVE HAD ANYONE AT THIS HIGH STATURE, MAYBE THERE IS EUROPEAN SOCCER PLAYERS WHO DIED AT THIS YOUNG >> WE KNOW AROUND 10:00 AM PACIFIC TIME, 1:00 PM EASTERN TIME, WE LEARNED A HELICOPTER WENT DOWN CARRYING FIVE PEOPLE, INCLUDING KOBE BRYANT

HE IS THERE OUTSIDE OF THE PERIMETER THAT HAS BEEN SET UP AS AUTHORITIES, WE ARE UNDERSTANDINGS, ARE PREPARING TO GIVE A NEWS CONFERENCE IN ABOUT AN HOUR OR SO THAT IS WHAT YOU HEARD, STEVE, IS THAT RIGHT? >> Reporter: WE HAVE HEARD NOTHING OFFICIAL WE HEARD ROUGHLY MAYBE 5:00 EASTERN TIME IT COULD COME SOONER IT COULD COME LATER

MY UNDERSTANDING IS AUTHORITIES HAVE NOT OFFICIALLY IDENTIFIED KOBE BRYANT AS A VICTIM IN THIS HELICOPTER CRASH WE HAVE GOTTEN THIS FROM MANY OF OUR SOURCES ALL SOURCES ARE CONFIRMING, YES, KOBE BRYANT WAS ON THE HELICOPTER STILL, UNTIL YOU HEAR IT FROM OFFICIALS, THERE IS MAYBE ALWAYS THAT HOPE FOR A MIRACLE THAT SOMETHING WAS MISUNDERSTOOD IN THE CRASH I DON'T THINK THAT WILL HAPPEN, UNFORTUNATELY

>> AS WE HAVE BEEN SPEAKING E- MAILS ARE COMING IN FAST AND FURIOUS ONE OF THE E-MAILS FROM OUR NATIONAL DESK AT CBS NEWS SAYING ACCORDING TO THE CALABASAS CITY MANAGER KOBE BRYANT WAS ON BOARD ALL OF THIS, WE DO HAVE TO GIVE THAT CAVEAT WE ARE HEARING A LOT OF THINGS NOW THIS IS OUR CBS NEWS NATIONAL DESK CONFIRMING WITH THE CALABASAS CITY MANAGER THAT KOBE BRYANT WAS AMONG THOSE ON BOARD THE HELICOPTER

HE WOULD TAKE THIS ENHANCEMENT BACK AND FORTH TO STAPLES CENTER DURING REGULAR SEASON GAMES HE LIKED THE HELICOPTER A GREAT DEAL WHEN I FIRST HEARD ABOUT A HELICOPTER BEING CONNECTED TO KOBE BRYANT IMMEDIATELY I SAID THIS COULD BE TRUE WE KNOW, THOSE OF US WHO COVERED COBY OVER THE YEARS, WE KNOW HOW MUCH HE LIKED TO TRAVEL ON THE HELICOPTER IT IS A SAD IRONY THAT THIS AIRCRAFT HE LOVED SO MUCH ENDS UP BEING THE CAUSE OF HIS DEATH

>> DANA, FIRST OF ALL, YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE NEWS THAT WE ARE JUST LEARNING DETAILS ABOUT? >> Reporter: I'M SURE IT IS THE SAME AS WHAT STEVE SAID AND EVERYBODY IS THINKING IT IS SHOCKING IT CAN'T BE TRUE IT IS SAD IT IS TRAGIC

I FEEL I'M IN SHOCK HE HAD ANOTHER LIFE TO LEAD HIS LAST INTERVIEW TALKED AND WHAT WAS NEXT FOR HIM CAN FOUR YOUNG GIRLS AND HIS WIFE, THE ONLY WORD THAT COMES TO MIND IS TRAGIC >> WE ARE GOING TO TRY TO FIND THE TWEET

>> Reporter: IT IS INTERESTING, OUT OF COINCIDENCE, BECAUSE THAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY I WAS HAVING A CONVERSATION WITH NBA PEOPLE YESTERDAY ABOUT HOW MUCH KOBE WANTED TO CATCH JORDAN I WAS WONDERING, DO YOU THINK IT BOTHERED HIM LeBRON PASSED HIM? HE SEEMED APPRECIATIVE THERE WAS A NOD TO EVERYBODY ELSE THAT WHAT LeBRON JAMES WAS DOING WAS GREAT THE PEOPLE I TALKED TO SAID THEY THOUGHT HE WAS UPSET THAT HE NEVER REACHED THE JORDAN LEVEL TALKING TO HIM THIS PAST OCTOBER, HE PUT THE BASKETBALL SIDE ASIDE

I REMEMBER ASKING HIM IF HE MISSED THE GAME? HE DIDN'T MISS THE GAME AS FAR AS PLAYING IT HE LOVED THAT HIS YOUNGEST GIRLS DIDN'T REMEMBER HIM PLAYING THEY THOUGHT OF THEIR SISTERS PLAYING THE GAME AND NOT DAD HE WAS EMBRACING A LIFE HE WAS CREATING AND BUILDING OFF WHAT HE HAD DONE IN THE NBA HE SAID BASKETBALL WAS A LOVE FOR HIM

HE KNEW IT WAS TIME TO MOVE ON HE KNEW HE COULD WRITE MORE TO HIS LEGACY THAT IS WHAT HE WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO DOING >> AS YOU WERE SPEAKING WE SHOWED THAT TWEET, THE LAST TWEET YOU REFERENCED A MOMENT AGO KOBE BRYANT'S LAST TWEET THERE

CONTINUING TO MOVE THE GAME FORWARD KING JAMES MUCH RESPECT MY BROTHER TELL ME A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THE NOTION THAT, DESPITE HIS SUCCESS IN THE ARENA, THERE WAS SO MUCH MORE THAT HE SEEMED TO BE LOOKING FORWARD TO CLEARLY IN THE CONVERSATION THAT YOU HAD WITH HIM HE SAID HE TRIED TO BE PART OF THE COMMERCIALS DONE FOR HIM BY WRITING SOME OF THESE CONSIDER TRYING TO GET A TAG LINE THE BOOKS HE HAD WERE ABOUT BRINGING SPORTS TO YOUNG ADULTS

IT IS WAS ABOUT SHARING THE LOVE OF THE GAME THE WHOLE OTHER SIDE OF STORY TELLING AND THE MAGICAL NATURE OF YOUNG ADULT NOVELS HE WAS WRITING I REMEMBER ASKING — DON'T QUOTE ME EXACTLY, 50 YEARS AGO FROM NOW WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR LEGACY TO BE? HE TALKED ABOUT THE BOOKS HE WANTED PEOPLE TO REMEMBER HIM AS THE STORY TELLER WHO WAS HELPING BRING SPORTS TO KIDS BY TELLING STORIES I SWORD OF LAUGHED AND SAID, AND THE BASKETBALL SIDE IS FOR THE OLD PEOPLE? HE LAUGHED

I THINK THAT THAT WAS BEING FUNNY I THINK HE KNEW HE HAD DONE WHAT HE COULD HE LEFT HIS IMPRINT ON THE GAME IN A WAY, I THINK MAYBE IF I CAN SORT OF USE MY OWN MIND INTO IT, THAT HE DIDN'T MISS BASKETBALL AS MUCH THAT HE REALLY STILL HAD A CHANCE TO BE A PART OF THE GAME BY WATCHING THESE YOUNG GIRLS GROW AND LEARN AND FIND THEIR DESIRE TO PLAY AS WELL

>> DANA, AS YOU'VE BEEN SPEAKING, I JUST WANT TO NOTE FOR OUR VIEWERS, PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS NOW WEIGHED IN ON THIS NEWS, CALLING IT TERRIBLE NEWS, HE TWEETED JUST A SHORT TIME AGO HE TWEETED THAT BASKETBALL GREAT, KOBE BRYANT, AND THREE OTHERS HAVE BEEN KILLED IN A HELICOPTER CRASH IN CALIFORNIA THAT IS TERRIBLE NEWS DANA, GOING BACK TO WHAT YOU WERE SAYING A MOMENT AGO, HOW RARE WAS IT, TO HAVE A SPORTS FIGURE WHO WAS SO ACCOMPLISHED AS KOBE BRYANT WAS YOU HAVE INTERVIEWED MANY PROMINENT SPORTS FIGURES DURING YOUR CAREER, BUT TO HAVE SOMEONE WHO QUOTE UNQUOTE RETIRES, BUT THEN HAS SUCH A CLEAR FOCUS ON WHAT THE NEXT STEPS ARE, IN ONE'S CAREER

>> IT'S INTERESTING YOU KNOW, I THINK THERE ARE A LOT OF GUYS THAT REALIZE THAT ANY INJURY CAN BE THE END OF THAT CAREER, SO MAYBE YOU SHOULD BE THINKING OF THE NEXT I HAVEN'T GOTTEN TO TALK TO ANY THAT ARE AS DRIVEN I LITERALLY JUST SAT DOWN TO DO AN INTERVIEW WITH A FORMER PLAYER I WOULD SAY SOME OF THE DRIVE IS SIMILAR TO WHAT HE'S DOING IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY

BUT FOR KOBE BRYANT, AGAIN, TO BE ONE OF THE GREATEST TO PLAY THE GAME, AND THEN FIND THAT SAME SUCCESS SOMEWHERE ELSE, MAYBE WE SHOULD SAY, IT'S NOT SURPRISING, BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY THE WORK ETHIC, THE DESIRE TO BE THE BEST AT SOMETHING IS IS WHAT HELPED DRIVE HIM AWAY FROM THE SPORT LATER I JUST THINK HE WAS THAT PERSON HE GOES BACK TO THE KID THAT HE WAS HE WASN'T THE ONE DIMENSIONAL, I JUST WANT TO PLAY BASKETBALL HIS SISTER WAS DOING SOME TYPE OF DANCE CONTEST, AND NEEDED SOME HELP

SHE BASICALLY GOT HIM TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS DANCE CONTEST, AND HE HAD TO GIVE UP BASKETBALL PRACTICE TO GO TO IT HE WAS LIKE, I LOVE DANCING, I WAS HAPPY TO DO IT I THINK THE IDEA THAT PEOPLE SAW HIM SO FOCUSED ON THE GAME OF BASKETBALL, FOR ANYBODY TO HAVE THAT SUCCESS, BUT HE HAD ALWAYS HAD SO MANY OTHER THINGS AROUND IT, THAT HE ENJOYED THAT WHEN HE LEFT THE GAME, IT WAS SPENDING TIME WITH HIS KIDS, BEING ABLE TO GO AND PICK THEM UP, AND SPENDING THE TIME HE DIDN'T GET WITH THEM THERE WAS NO BASKETBALL SCHEDULE DICTATING THINGS I GOT THE FEELING FROM WHEN WE SPOKE THAT HE ENJOYED A LITTLE OF THE SURPRISE THAT MAYBE SOME PEOPLE HAD AT THE BOOK THAT HE WAS WRITING, THAT HE WAS SO HANDS ONMENT AS YOU REFERENCED, I THINK IT'S SOMETHING SO UNIQUE, YOU'LL SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE ONE CAREER, AND ARE SO FOCUSED AND DRIVEN, MAYBE NOT BE AS HANDS ONMENT FOR KOBE, THAT WAS THE PERFECTIONIST, OF I HAVE TO BE HANDS ON

I HAVE TO BE THE ONE MAYBE THAT'S WHY HE HAS HAD THE SUCCESS THAT HE HAS, AND IT WAS SOMETHING THAT HE LOVED YOU THINK ABOUT BACK TO WHEN YOU WERE IN HIGH SCHOOL, IF A TEACHER IGNITED SOMETHING IN YOU IT THAT YOU LOVED, IT'S HARD TO LET THAT GO HE WAS WILLING TO SAY, I'M GOING TO HAVE TO PUT IT ASIDE FOR A WHILE, BUT MAYBE THAT'S WHY HE CAME BACK TO SOME OF THE STORYTELLING >> HOW DEEPLY DO YOU THINK HIS DEATH WILL BE FELT, NOT JUST IN THE WORLD OF BASKETBALL, BUT IN THE GREATER SPORTS WORLD AS WELL

>> ELAINE, I DON'T EVEN KNOW I'VE BEEN TRYING IN THE LAST HOUR TO FIGURE OUT THE PERSPECTIVE OF WHAT THIS IS, BECAUSE HE'S SO YOUNG, TO DIE SO YOUNG YOU KNOW, I DON'T THINK THAT I'VE KNOWN A PLAYER OF HIS GREATNESS THAT WE'VE LOST AT THIS AGE HE WAS NOT A PERFECT MAN HE'D BE THE FIRST ONE TO TELL YOU THAT, AND OBVIOUSLY HAD HIS OWN ISSUES

BUT WHEN IT CAME TO THE GAME OF BASKETBALL, TO BE WITH THE SAME TEAM FOR 20 YEARS, TO HAVE ACHIEVED THE LEVEL OF SUCCESS THAT HE HAS, YOU KNOW, ALL THE TITLES, THE CHAMPIONSHIPS THE TIME IN LA, ESPECIALLY TO PLAY FOR A TEAM LIKE THAT, I DON'T KNOW THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY, I KNOW THIS ISN'T THE ANSWER I CAN'T FIND THE PERSPECTIVE, IT WILL BE ONE OF THE GREATEST, THE WAY THAT PEOPLE TALK ABOUT ROBERTO CLEMENTE, AND LOOK BACK

IT WAS DIFFERENT THAN WHEN WE LOST MUHAMMAD ALI, HE LIVED THAT FULL ARC TO LOSE SOMEONE IN THIS TIME WHEN THEY ARE TRYING TO HAVE A SECOND CHAPTER, I THINK PEOPLE WONDER WHAT WOULD BE NEXT? >> DANA JACOBSON, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING YOUR INSIGHTS, AND YOUR REFLECTIONS WITH US WE REALLY APPRECIATE IT >> THANKS ELAINE >>> FOR THOSE OF YOU JUST JOINING US, WE ARE FOLLOWING BREAKING NEWS

NBA LEGEND KOBE BRYANT IS DEAD AFTER A HELICOPTER CRASH IN CALABASAS, CALIFORNIA THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF SAID FIVE PEOPLE WERE ONBOARD IT WAS UNCLEAR WHO BRYANT WAS TRAVELING WITH NBA ANALYST, BILL RIDER JOINS ME NOW FROM LOS ANGELES BILL, WHAT CAN YOU TELL US? >> WELL I CAN TELL YOU, WE HAVE CONFIRMED THE REPORTS THAT KOBE BRYANT HAS PASSED AWAY, AND EVERYTHING ELSE IS SPECULATION

SITTING HERE IN LOS ANGELES, IN FACT, JUST OUTSIDE THE STUDIO A FEW MOMENTS AGO, JUST TOOK A WALK AROUND THE BLOCK, AND EVERYONE THAT YOU ENCOUNTER HAS A DAZED LOOK, OBVIOUSLY PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT IT PEOPLE ARE MOURNING THIS LOSS IN THE STREETS I THINK ELAINE THAT THE SHOCK OF IT, THE UNREALITY OF IT CONTINUES TO BE THE OPPRESSIVE FEELING HERE IN LOS ANGELES >> AND WHAT DO WE KNOW, IF ANYTHING ABOUT, DO WE HAVE ANY SENSE OF WHAT HE MAY HAVE BEEN DOING? WHY HE MAY HAVE BEEN TRAVELING IN A HELICOPTER AT THAT TIME? >> DO WE HAVE ANY INSIGHT AT ALL INTO WHAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES WERE SURROUNDING THIS HELICOPTER TRIP? >> Reporter: SO EARLIER IN THE DAY, IN TEXTING WITH SOME SOURCES, ONE SOURCE HAD EXPRESSED THE CONCERN, THE POSSIBILITY THAT THEY WERE HEARING THAT PERHAPS KOBE BRYANT WAS WITH ONE OF HIS DAUGHTERS A FINE REPORTER FOR ESPN, JUST A FEW MOMENTS AGO REPORTED THAT KOBE BRYANT AND HIS OLDEST DAUGHTER AND ANOTHER PARENT, ANOTHER PLAYER WERE ON THE WAY TO A YOUTH BASKETBALL GAME

AND SO, IT'S A SINGLE REPORT, BUT IT'S A REPORT FROM A REPORTER WHO IS VERY WELL RESPECTED, AND VERY CONNECTED TO KOBE BRYANT, HIS FAMILY, THAT LAKERS COMMUNITY THE LATEST REPORT, ELAINE, AND WHAT WE THINK HAS HAPPENED, AND OBVIOUSLY, IT'S A QUICKLY DEVELOPING STORY, IS THAT THIS HELICOPTER WAS ON ITS WAY TO A YOUTH BASKETBALL GAME FOR KOBE BRYANT'S OLDEST DAUGHTER HE WAS THE COACH OF THAT TEAM AND AS WE KNOW, IT NEVER MADE IT TO ITS DESTINATION >> AND BILL, IS IT YOUR UNDERSTANDING THAT AUTHORITIES ARE EXPECTED TO HOLD A NEWS CONFERENCE IN ABOUT THE NEXT HOUR OR SO, THE FIRST OFFICIAL SORT OF NEWS CONFERENCE REGARDING THIS CRASH

>> Reporter: YES, THE PLAN RIGHT NOW IS THAT AUTHORITIES WILL HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE AT 2:00 HERE IN LOS ANGELES, 5:00 EASTERN TIME THE ASSUMPTION IS THAT AT THAT TIME, US IN THE MEDIA, FANS, ALL OF US TRYING TO MAKE SENSE OF THIS HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE REALITY WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO GET SOME MORE INFORMATION, AND OFFICIAL DETAILS ON WHAT'S HAPPENED TODAY >> BILL CAN YOU JUST TALK ABOUT HOW MUCH A PART OF THE FABRIC OF THE GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA, KOBE BRYANT AND HIS FAMILY ACTUALLY WERE? IT'S THE SAME QUESTION I POSED TO ANOTHER SPORTS ANALYST, JUST A MOMENT AGO BUT FOR PEOPLE WHO MAY NOT BE FAMILIAR WITH HIS DEEP, DEEP CONNECTION TO THATTER AREA, CAN YOU JUST TALK ABOUT THAT? GIVEN HOW LONG HE WAS A PART OF THAT ORGANIZATION, AND HOW SUCCESSFUL HE WAS OVER THE COURSE OF HIS CAREER >> Reporter: ELAINE, I'VE BEEN A SPORTS REPORTER IN MIAMI, IN CHICAGO, IN NEW YORK CITY, NOW IN LOS ANGELES, AND KANSAS CITY, ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, AND I'VE SPENT A GOOD CHUNK OF MY LIFE TRAVELING FOR SPORTS EVENTS, AND I'VE NEVER SEEN ANOTHER ATHLETE IN ANY REALM, IN ANY SPORT, EVEN APPROACH THE CONNECTION THAT KOBE BRYANT HAD TO LOS ANGELES

HERE'S A QUICK, JUST PERSONAL STORY WHEN I FIRST MOVED TO LA SEVEN YEARS AGO, HAD TO GET A CALIFORNIA DRIVER'S LICENSE, WENT INTO THE DMV, AND I WALKED INTO THIS LARGE BUILDING, AND IT WAS SO COVERED IN LITERALLY KOBE BRYANT POSTERS, THE COLORS OF THE LAKERS, BUT THE IMAGES OF THE KOBE THAT I THOUGHT I'D ACCIDENTALLY WALKED INTO A LAKERS OFFICE, AND I TURNED AROUND, AND WALKED OUT OF THE DMV I HAVE YET TO LEARN THE CONNECTION THAT KOBE BRYANT HAS WITH LOS ANGELES, IT IS DEEP, IT IS EMOTIONAL, IT IS REAL

EVEN LAST WEEK, AND REALLY, ELAINE EVERY DAY THAT I'VE LIVED HERE, BUT LAST WEEK, MY NEIGHBORS AND THE MAILMAN WERE TALKING ABOUT KOBE BRYANT I WENT TO GET A COFFEE, AND THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT KOBE BRYANT HE'S BEEN RETIRED FOR SEVERAL YEARS NOW, BUT HIS HOLD ON THIS CITY TRULY, THE LOVE THAT THIS CITY HAD FOR KOBE BRYANT, AND THAT HE HAD FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, IT IS A REAL, IT IS A DEEPLY FELT PART OF LOS ANGELES, AND GREATER LOS ANGELES AND THIS IS OBVIOUSLY A HUGE LOSS FOR THE NBA

IT'S A HUGE LOSS TO THE LAKERS BUT FOR LOS ANGELES, THIS IS A REALITY A STORY, A TURN THAT IS GOING TO EFFECT ALL OF US HERE NOT JUST TODAY, NOT JUST A WEEK FROM NOW, OR MONTHS FROM NOW IT WILL RESHAPE, IT WILL EFFECT LOS ANGELES FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE HERE FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES

>> ALL RIGHT, BILL RIDER, BILL, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US >> Reporter: OF COURSE >> WE WANT TO TURN NOW TO CBS NEWS NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT, JONATHAN VIGLIOTTI, I KNOW YOU JUST ARRIVED ON THE SCENE WHAT CAN YOU TELL US? >> Reporter: CBS NEWS CONFRIRMING KOBE BRYANT WAS TRAVELING IN HIS PRIVATE HELICOPTER AT THE TIME OF THIS CRASH THE CITY OF CALABASAS WHERE THIS CRASH TOOK PLACE, GOING ON TWITTER TO WRITE, IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS THAT WE LEARN OF THE DEATH OF KOBE BRYANT

TO GIVE YOU A SCENE SETTER, WE'RE ABOUT A MILE AWAY FROM THE CRASH SITE AS WE ZOOM IN YOU CAN STILL SEE THE SMOKE FROM THIS WRECKAGE, RISING IN THE AIR YOU'RE LOOKING AT AN AREA KNOWN AS MALIBU CANYON, AND THIS CANYON, THE ROUGH TERRAIN MAKING IT VERY COMPLICATED FOR FIRST RESPONDERS TO GET TO THIS SITE IT'S UNCLEAR WHAT LED UP TO IT THOUGH WE CAN TELL YOU, THERE WAS THICK FOG HERE, THAT COULD HAVE COMPLICATED EFFORTS FOUR OTHER PEOPLE WERE ON THIS HELICOPTER

ALL OF THEM DIED AT THIS POINT, THEIR IDENTITIES STILL UNCLEAR ALONG WITH THE COMPLICATIONS TERRAIN, YOU CAN ALSO IMAGINE SOME OF THE GRIDLOCK THAT'S UNFOLDING HERE YOU CAN SEE IN THIS PARKING LOT, THERE'S PROBABLY A CROWD OF 100 PEOPLE, MANY OF THEM FANS OF KOBE BRYANT COMING TO SEE THIS CRASH FIRSTHAND

KOBE BRYANT WAS KNOWN TO TAKE HIS PRIVATE HELICOPTER BACK AND FORTH TO THE STAPLES CENTER THIS EVENING, THE STAPLES CENTER GETTING READY TO HOST THE GRAMMYS WE'RE TOLD HIS JERSEY IS NOW ON DISPLAY, AND LIT UP IN HONOR OF HIM AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, A VERY FLUID SCENE RIGHT NOW, AS THIS INVESTIGATION IS JUST IN THE EARLY STAGES THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT EXPECTED TO GIVE AN UPDATE TO US IN ABOUT AN HOUR OR SO, WHERE WE HOPE TO LEARN MORE, BUT AGAIN, WE CAN CONFIRM THIS MORNING, KOBE BRYANT AMONG FIVE CONFIRMED TO DIE IN A FATAL HELICOPTER CRASH

ALL OF THIS AS QUESTIONS REMAIN AS TO WHAT LED TO THIS CRASH HERE IN CALIFORNIA >> JONATHAN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH AS YOU HEARD JONATHAN SAY A MOMENT AGO, WE ARE GOING TO BRING YOU THAT NEWS CONFERENCE, THAT IS EXPECTED TO TAKE PLACE ABOUT 45 MINUTES OR SO FROM NOW BUT RIGHT NOW, WE WANT TO TAKE YOU BACK TO CBSN, LOS ANGELES, FOR MORE COVERAGE >> 9:46 TO THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, DIRECTLY

UP AT THE LOST HILLS LOCATION AND THEY TRANSFERRED ME OVER TO THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THEN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT CALLED ME BACK FOR ADDITIONAL IDENTIFICATION OF WHERE IT WAS LOCATED AND THAT'S WHEN THE DISPATCHER SAID WE THINK IT'S A PLANE CRASH >> YOU KNOW CLARK, THERE IS SO MUCH TO LEARN ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED HERE, OBVIOUSLY, THE NTSB IS INVESTIGATING THIS OUR LOCAL AGENCIES ARE INVESTIGATING WHAT EXACTLY WENT WRONG HERE

I WANT TO BE VERY CLEAR, WE DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT WENT WRONG AS OF YET BUT YOU MENTIONED THE FOG, AND YOU KNOW CALABASAS VERY WELL, I'M SURE WE SEE FOG, AND I KNOW THERE ARE A LOT OF HILLS HERE IS IT TYPICAL IN YOUR MIND TO SEE? HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A HELICOPTER FLYING THIS LOW IN THIS HILLY PART OF CALABASAS THERE? >> WE SEE THE HELICOPTERS FROM THE SHERIFF'S STATION COME WITHIN VERY, VERY LOW WE'RE WITHIN ABOUT A BLOCK OF THE SHERIFF'S STATION OR TWO

AND THEY COME IN EXTREMELY LOW SOMETIMES OF COURSE, THIS IS WHERE THE BIG FIRE HAPPENED ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF AGO AND HELICOPTERS WERE YOU KNOW PRESENT THEN AS WELL VERY, VERY LOW THEY ACTUALLY DIPPED INTO THE MUNICIPAL WATER OFFICE

THEY HAVE A RESERVOIR BACK THERE, AND THEY WERE ACTUALLY FIGHTING THE FIRE WITH THAT WATER >> YOU KNOW, CLARK, IT'S INTERESTING, A LOT OF AIRCRAFT GO IN AND OUT OF THAT AREA IN THE CALABASAS AREA IT'S NOT UNUSUAL AS WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE PICTURE HERE THIS IS THE CRASH THAT KILLED KOBE BRYANT EARLIER TODAY

YOU SEE THE FLAMES THERE, THE SMOULDERRING PATCH AS WE UNDERSTAND, IT STARTED A SMALL BRUSH FIRE AS A RESULT OF THIS PLANE CRASH FIVE PEOPLE ONBOARD NONE SURVIVED CLARK, WE CERTAINLY THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME, AND WE WISH YOU THE BEST, AND THANK YOU FOR CALLING US HERE ON KCAL 9

HERE'S WHAT WE KNOW AT THIS POINT IN TIME, KOBE BRYANT, FORMER LA LAKERS PLAYER, DEAD AT THE AGE OF 41 HE WAS ONE OF FIVE PEOPLE KILLED IN THAT HELICOPTER CRASH IN CALABASAS AROUND 9:45 THIS MORNING WE DO NOT KNOW WHERE THE HELICOPTER WAS COMING FROM, OR GOING TO AT THIS POINT IN TIME

THAT CRASH WAS FIRST REPORTED, LIKE I SAID, 9:45 THIS MORNING AT WILLOW GLENN, AND LAS VIRGINOUS, RIGHT BEHIND THE WATER DEPARTMENT THIS IS BASICALLY ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE 101 NOT TOO FAR FROM THE CALABASAS OAKS AREA IF YOU'RE HEADING DOWN TO MALIBU, THAT'S A VERY POPULAR ROUTE TO TAKE LAS VIRGINOUS OFF THE 101, WEST INTO MALIBU

IT'S A PRETTY BUSY AREA A LOT OF PRIVATE AIRCRAFT, BECAUSE VAN NUYS AIRPORT IS NOT THAT FAR AWAY >> RIGHT, AND LIKE YOU MENTIONED, A LOT OF SMALL CRAFT FLYING IN AND OUT OF VAN NUYS INCLUDING SOME OF OUR HELICOPTERS HERE CERTAINLY, A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT WHY THE HELICOPTER WAS FLYING THERE

OBVIOUSLY, A LOT OF SPECULATION ABOUT WHERE IT WAS COMING FROM, AND MUCH HAS BEEN MADE ABOUT THE WEATHER CONDITIONS WE'VE SEEN OUT THERE OBVIOUSLY, WE'VE SEEN DENSE FOG WE HAD SOME DENSE FOG ADVISORIES OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS WE'VE SEEN NOT ONLY IN THE LA

AREA, OBVIOUSLY, THAT MAKES FLYING CONDITIONS VERY DIFFICULT WHEN YOU HAVE POTENTIAL VISIBILITY PROBLEMS THIS IS GOING TO BE AN INVESTIGATION THAT COULD TAKE AS MUCH AS A YEAR SOMETIMES WE SEE THESE NTSB INVESTIGATIONS INTO PLANE RASHES, AND THEY TAKE VERY, VERY LONG TIME TO CONCLUDE, AND IT MAY TAKE THAT LONG TO FIGURE OUT EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED HERE IN AN OFFICIAL CAPACITY >> THIS SITE WHERE THIS PLANE CRASH IS GOING TO BE A MEMORIAL TO KOBE BRYANT, I'M SURE LET'S GO TO GREG MILLS

HE'S STANDING BY, WHERE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY BEEN GATHERING AT THIS CRASH SITE >> Reporter: THERE'S A WHOLE BUNCH OF PEOPLE HERE HUNDREDS OF LAKERS FANS, AND KOBE FANS, LIKE MICHAEL COX >> I'M REALLY IN DISBELIEF WHEN I FIRST HEARD IT I'M LIKE NO

I'M ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND I WAS JUST TRYING TO VERIFY IF IT WAS TRUE KOBE WAS A STAPLE FOR LOS ANGELES HE BUILT LIKE STAPLE CENTER WHAT I LOVED ABOUT KOBE WAS HIS WORK ETHIC, AND HIS DEDICATION TO THE GAME LIKE NO OTHER >> HOW ARE YOU DEALING WITH THE FACT, THIS IS A GUY YOU HAD A GREAT DEAL OF AFFECTION FOR, AND NOW HE'S GONE AT THE AGE OF 41

>> IT'S HUGE IT MAKES YOU JUST WANT TO HUG YOUR DAUGHTERS, BECAUSE LIFE IS SO SHORT, AND I LOVED HIM AS A PLAYER, HIS WORK ETHIC, BUT HE HAS A FAMILY, AND THEIR GRIEF IS GOING TO BE WAY WORSE THAN OURS >> Reporter: AND MICHAEL COX, HE HAD A WIFE AND FOUR DAUGHTERS WE KNOW HOW MUCH HE LOVED HIS DAUGHTERS HE COACHED ONE OF THEIR TEAMS

>> THAT'S THE SAME THING I'D DO IF MY WIFE WAS HERE YOU'VE JUST GOT TO BE WITH THEM EVERY DAY >> Reporter: YOU'RE A BIG KOBE FAN HOW ARE YOU DEALING WITH THIS? >> I FEEL LIKE REALLY SAD THAT HE DIED, AND I WISH THAT HE WOULD STILL BE ALIVE RIGHT NOW >> Reporter: HE HAD DAUGHTERS, HE WOULD TAKE THEM TO THE WNBA GAMES

I THINK HE WENT TO MORE OF THOSE SINCE HE RETIRED THAN THE LAKER GAMES HE WANTED THEM TO SEE SOME GREAT ROLE MODELS AS A GIRL, DID YOU KNOW HE HAD FOUR DAUGHTERS AND THAT HE REALLY CARED ABOUT THEM? >> YES >> Reporter: DID THAT IMPACT YOU TOO? >> YES? >> Reporter: WHAT WAS IT ABOUT KOBE THAT YOU ADMIRED SO MUCH? >> THAT HE ALWAYS WANTED TO HELP SO MANY PEOPLE IN HIS LIFE, AND HE NEVER WANTED TO STOP HELPING EVERYONE >> Reporter: FANTASTIC, AND YOUR THOUGHTS, YOU SEE THE SMOKE FROM THE WRECKAGE

>> YES, IT IS REALLY SAD >> Reporter: COX FAMILY FROM CARSON I THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING UP HERE AND CHATTING WITH US TODAY HOW ABOUT YOU, YOUNG MAN? WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON KOBE BRYANT >> IT SUCKS

IT SUCKS >> Reporter: WHAT WAS IT ABOUT KOBE THAT YOU LIKE SO MUCH? >> HE WAS A GOOD BASKETBALL PLAYER >> HE WAS GOOD ON THE COURT ALWAYS BROUGHT HIS A GAME I DIDN'T WANT TOO MUCH

MY DAD WAS A BIG FAN MY DAD WAS IN SHOCK THIS MORNING PRETTY CRAZY HE WAS SKATEBOARDING DOWN THE STREET WE HEARD IT AT THE SKATEBOARD PARK

I LITERALLY GOT CHILLS, EVERYONE AT THE SKATEBOARD PARK WAS TRIPPING OUT >> Reporter: YOU SEE THE WRECKAGE, STILL SMOKING UP THERE IN THE HILLS, WHERE KOBE BRYANT, AND FOUR OTHERS DIED THIS MORNING >> THANK YOU SO MUCH, GREG WE APPRECIATE IT WE'RE JOINED NOW BY OUR SPORTS DIRECTOR JIM HILL, WHO HAS SO MUCH IN THE WAY OF STORIES ABOUT KOBE BRYANT, AND YOU KNEW HIM PERSONALLY

WE JUST WANT TO EXTEND OUR CONDOLENCES TO YOU AND THE ENTIRE LAKERS FAMILY >> THIS IS MORE THAN SAD, IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN IF YOU HAVE SOMEONE WHO IS, I SAY IS, BECAUSE HE STILL LIVES IN ALL OF US, WHO WAS SO YOUNG, SO GIFTED, SO WONDERFUL SUCH A, WE ALL KNOW HE'S A GREAT BASKETBALL PLAYER, BUT HE WAS A BETTER FATHER, HUSBAND, AND FAMILY MAN HE DID SO MUCH IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE REALLY DON'T KNOW ABOUT

WE KNOW ABOUT SOME OF THE THINGS THAT HE DID BUT THERE ARE STORIES THAT I KNOW OF, OF WHERE HE HAS HELPED PERSONALLY, TO HELP YOUNG KIDS GO TO SCHOOL GAVE THEM MONEY TO GO TO SCHOOL I'M JUST JUST TALKING ABOUT JUNIOR HIGH, OR HIGH SCHOOL, I'M TALKING ABOUT COLLEGE, AND THINGS LIKE THAT HE MADE THE ADJUSTMENT TO RETIREMENT BETTER THAN ANYONE I'VE EVER MET

HE WAS, YOU KNOW, YOU ALWAYS HEAR ABOUT ATHLETES WHO WHEN THEY RETIRE, THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO THEY GET LOST, THEIR SICK, THE MONEY IS STOLEN THEY GET INTO ALL KINDS OF TROUBLE, AND ALL THAT NOT HIM HE WAS PREPARING HIS ENTIRE ATHLETIC LIFE FOR WHEN HE WAS GOING TO RETIRE

AND WHEN HE RETIRED, YOU KNEW EXACTLY WHAT HE WAS GOING TO DO THERE WAS NO GUESSING OR ANYTHING ABOUT IT ONE OTHER THING, HE BECAME AN AUTHOR, AND ONE OF THE BOOKS IS LEGACY AND THE QUEEN I WENT DOWN AND DID AN INTERVIEW WITH HIM I OPENED IT UP, AND IT SAYS HERE TO NANI, GIGI, BEBE, AND COCOA

MY FOUR BEAUTIFUL AND SPIRITED DAUGHTERS WHEN YOU FIERCELY PROTECT YOUR PASSION, NO ONE CAN STEAL YOUR DREAMS KOBE BRYANT >> HE HAD SO MUCH THAT HE PLANNED AHEAD YOU MENTIONED SO MANY PLAYERS GO AND HIT THE GOLF COURSE, AND THEY RETIRE

BUT HE HAD A PLAN NOT ONLY FOR WHEN HE WAS 18 YEARS OLD TO PLAY IN THE NBA, BUT A PLAN FOR AFTER THE NBA, AND HE SUCCEEDED AT BOTH >> THE OTHER THING IS, WE ALL HAD OUR UP AND DOWNS YOU'RE SHOWING A TAPE RIGHT HERE WHEN I SAW HIM AT LAFC, IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN, THAT IS THE LAST TIME I DID AN INTERVIEW WITH HIM I ASKED HIM ABOUT GOING INTO THE HALL OF FAME

IN TYPICAL KOBE BRYANT FASHION THAT'S OKAY I'M NOT REALLY, I'LL WORRY ABOUT THAT WHEN IT'S TIME TO HE ALWAYS DEFLECTED PERSONAL, INDIVIDUAL GAIN AND NOTORIETY HE ALWAYS TRIED TO PUT IT OFF TO THE SIDE BECAUSE HE KNEW THAT'S NOT WHAT IT WAS ALL ABOUT

WHAT IT WAS ALL ABOUT WAS ABOUT GIVING BACK AND HELPING OUR YOUNG PEOPLE WE TALK ABOUT GIVING BACK WE JUST CELEBRATED DR KING'S BIRTHDAY I WAS DRIVING, AND I WAS THINKING, THAT WAS A STATEMENT THAT DR

KING SAID THAT MAYBE IT APPLIES TO KOBE TODAY, AND WHAT HE WAS TRYING TO DO THAT IS GIVING BACK TO YOUR FELLOW MANKIND IS ONE OF THE MOST NOBLE THINGS THAT ANYONE CAN DO WHAT CAN BE MORE NOBLE THAN TO HELP OUR YOUNG PEOPLE, AND MAKE SURE THEY DON'T MAKE THE MISTAKES THAT WE MADE THAT'S WHAT KOBE DOES THAT'S WHAT HE DID

THAT'S WHAT LeBRON DOES WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT BEING AT THE FOREFRONT OF ALL OF THOSE THINGS, KOBE GREEN BRYANT AND I REMEMBER THE NIGHT OF HIS RETIREMENT AT STAPLELES CENTER >> WHAT A GAME >> HE JUST GOT OFF ON THAT GAME STUFF LIKE THAT

WHEN HE CAME BACK WITH THE TOWEL WRAPPED AROUND HIS SHOULDERS, AND THE LAST THING HE SAID WAS, YOU KNOW, I'M OUT >> MAMBA OUT >> HE WAS READY FOR HIS NEXT CHAPTER >> THAT WAS IT >> YOU HAVE AN INTERESTING PERSPECTIVE

WE TALK ABOUT THIS ON THE SET PEOPLE YOU MET, AND WHO YOU REALLY ADMIRE JUST DEALING WITH THEM IN THEIR PROFESSIONAL CAREER, FOR ME, KOBE, AND JUST THE LAKERS GLORY DAYS, THAT WAS SO PERSONAL THOSE WERE MEMORIES, YOU KNOW, WITH FAMILY THAT YOU KNOW, PEOPLE IN LA

WILL ALWAYS HAVE HE'S SO CLOSELY ATTACHED TO THOSE TIMES I WONDER, PERHAPS MAYBE YOU THINK, IS THAT WHY THIS JUST FEELS SO PERSONAL? >> IT IS BECAUSE HE GAVE IT HIS ALL WHENEVER HE WAS ON THE FLOOR HE WAS A LAKER

HE KNEW WHAT IT MEANT TO BE A LAKER WE ALL HAVE THIS OUR UPS AND DOWNS, AND HE'S GOTTEN THROUGH ALL OF THOSE, AND HAS COME OUT ON THE OTHER END, A BETTER MAN FOR THAT WE TEACH OUR YOUNG PEOPLE ABOUT, WELL, WE TRY TO TEACH THEM ABOUT BEING STRONG, ABOUT ADVERSITY, ABOUT OVERCOMING OBSTACLES, ABOUT HOW TO BECOME A BETTER YOUNG MAN AND IN THIS PARTICULAR INSTANCE, HOW TO BECOME A BETTER YOUNG AFRICAN AMERICAN MALE AND BECAUSE YOU HAVE, WE HAVE OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO OUR YOUNG PEOPLE, AND TO ALL YOUNG PEOPLE, TO SHOW THEM THAT HOW TO DO THINGS RIGHT

I REMEMBER IN THIS INTERVIEW RIGHT HERE, WE WERE, I TOOK MY LITTLE NEPHEW DOWN TO SEE HIM >> WHO YOU LOVE, THAT'S YOUR LITTLE BUDDY >> THAT'S MY LITTLE BUDDY, YEAH THAT'S MY BUDDY AND HE'S GOT SUCH A GREAT NICKNAME

SO WE WERE, I TOOK HIM DOWN AND WE WERE GOING OVER TO SEE HIM, AND KOBE LOOKED AT HIM AND SAID HEY BUDDY MY NEPHEW THOUGHT HE REALLY KNEW HIM BECAUSE HE SAID HEY BUDDY IS HE MADE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU WERE THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSON IN THE WORLD, BECAUSE WHEN HE TALKED TO YOU, HE WAS LOOKING RIGHT AT YOU I THINK ALL THESE OTHER PEOPLE AROUND, BUT HE WAS LOOKING RIGHT AT YOU

WHEN HE WAS TOOKING TO MY NEPHEW, LEGEND LEE, HE LOOKED RIGHT AT HIM, AND LEGEND LOOKED RIGHT AT HIM THAT WAS REALLY COOL I SAID I'M NOT INVOLVED? NO, NOT THIS TIME HE HAD THIS UNIQUE ABILITY TO BE ABLE TO TALK TO THE MASSES, BUT MAKE THEM THINK HE WAS TALKING TO EACH ONE INDIVIDUALLY IT'S A BAD DAY

>> YOU TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE ADVERSITY, AND HE HAD QUITE A BIT OBVIOUSLY, WE KNOW SOME OF THE CHALLENGES THAT HE FACED WITHIN HIS MARRIAGE, AND ALL OF THAT HAPPENING IN THE PUBLIC EYE BUT ALSO, HE HAD A LOT OF INJURIES THAT MADE THINGS VERY DIFFICULT FOR HIM, THAT HE HAD TO TRAIN THROUGH, AND OVERCOME CAN YOU TALK ABOUT WHAT HE DID, AND HOW DETERMINED HE WAS TO BE, TO CONTINUE TO BE KOBE BRYANT? >> HE MAY BE ONE OF THE MOST SINGULARLY FOCUSED INDIVIDUALS I HAVE EVER MET AND THERE ARE OTHERS

MAGIC IS ANOTHER LeBRON IS ANOTHER MOHAMMED WAS ANOTHER BUT HE'S UP AT THE TOP OF THAT LIST WHEN HE WANTED TO GET SINGULARLY FOCUSED, I REMEMBER ONE TIME, THERE WAS A PLAYOFF GAME IN UTAH

THAT TEAM WAS PLAYING REALLY BAD HE WENT IN AT HALFTIME, AND SAID LOOK, IF YOU GUYS DON'T WANT TO WIN THIS GAME, GET OUT OF MY WAY, I'LL WIN IT MYSELF AND HE DID HIS RECOGNITION, AND THINGS LIKE THAT THERE'S ONLY A FEW PEOPLE THAT WE KNOW, AND ADMIRE, AND LOVE THAT HAVE ONE NAME

THEY GO BY ONE NAME, LIKE MOHAMMED, MAGIC, MICHAEL, LeBRON, KOBE, TIGER HE'S ONE OF THE FEW PEOPLE THAT I KNOW OF, THAT COULD WALK ACROSS THE STREET AND STOP TRAFFIC THAT'S SAYING SOMETHING >> WE'RE HERE IN LOS ANGELES WE KNOW THE IMPACT OF KOBE BRYANT IN LOS ANGELES

HE HAD GLOBAL APPEAL GROWING UP IN EUROPE, AND YOU KNOW SPEAKING ITALIAN, SPEAKING DIFFERENT LANGUAGES TALK A LITTLE ABOUT THAT ABOUT HIS IMPACT ACROSS THE GLOBE NOT JUST HERE IN LOS ANGELES

>> WELL BECAUSE HE, SUCH AN INTELLIGENT INDIVIDUAL WHEN HE CAME BACK FROM ITALY, HIS PERSPECTIVE ON LIFE ON SPORTS AND EVERYTHING WAS LIKE THIS INSTEAD OF, THE NARROW WAY THAT SOME OF US LOOK AT IT THE WAY THAT WE DO HIS FAMILY WAS THERE FOR HIM GOOD, THROUGH GOOD, BAD, AND INDIFFERENT

HE WAS A BETTER EDUCATED YOUNG MAN BECAUSE WHEN HE CAME BACK, AND STARTED GOING TO SCHOOL HERE, HE COULD SPEAK ITALIAN A LOT OF YOUNG KIDS COULDN'T SPEAK ITALIAN MOST OF US HAD TROUBLE JUST WITH ENGLISH ITSELF BUT HE COULD SPEAK ITALIAN

HE'S AHEAD OF THE CURVE ALREADY THEN HE HAD THIS WONDERFUL GIFT OF BEING ABLE TO PLAY BASKETBALL AND I REMEMBER THE PERSON THAT RECOGNIZED HIM AND FOUND HIM AND REALIZED THAT WAS JERRY WEST WHEN JERRY WEST SAW HIM WORK OUT, JERRY WEST CAME BACK AND TOLD EVERYBODY, YOU KNOW WHAT? I'VE JUST SEEN THE BEST WORKOUT BY A TEENAGER THAT I'VE EVER SEEN, AND IT'S KOBE BRYANT >> IS THERE A STORY THAT YOU HAVE A KOBE THAT ISN'T OUT THERE, JUST A PERSONAL OBSERVATION THAT YOU HAVE IN THE YEARS THAT YOU DEALT WITH HIM THAT YOU'D LIKE TO TELL US, THAT GIVES A LITTLE INDICATION? WE ALL KNOW HOW GREAT HE IS, BUT MAYBE SOMETHING THAT YOU SAW WITH YOUR OWN EYES

>> HIS FAMILY HIS BRIDE HIS DAUGHTERS HE WAS, AS FAR AS HAPPY AS WE WERE FOR HIM THAT HE WAS RETIRING AND EVERYTHING, HE WAS HAPPIER FOR HIMSELF, BECAUSE HE KNEW HE WANTED TO SPEND TIME WITH HIS DAUGHTERS HE STARTED TAKING HIS DAUGHTERS TO BASKETBALL GAMES, TO SOCCER GAMES, AND THINGS LIKE THAT

WE KNOW ABOUT THE STORIES THAT ARE OUT THERE, BUT WHO IS ON THE CHOPPER RIGHT NOW, AND SOME OF THEM ARE GOING TO COME UP BUT THE THING THAT I ADMIRED ABOUT HIM THE MOST, INSPITE OF ALL THE BASKETBALL THINGS THAT HE ACCOMPLISHED WAS HIM BEING A TERRIFIC FAMILY MAN, HUSBAND, AND FATHER WE USED TO TEASE HIM HEY MAN, YOU'VE GOT A HOUSE FULL OF LADIES I LOVE IT

THEY'RE GOING TO KEEP ME ON THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW THOSE KINDS OF THINGS >> AND WE WATCHED HIS DAUGHTER'S GROW UP ONE OF HIS DAUGHTERS JUST TURNED 17 >> YES, YES

THEY KNEW THEIR PLACE IN HISTORY, AND THEY KNEW HIS PLACE IN HISTORY AS WELL >> ABSOLUTELY AS WE'RE COMING UP ON 1:30 NOW THANK YOU FOR JOINING US ON THIS SPECIAL EDITION OF KCAL 9, AND CBS 2 WE'RE COVERING DEVASTATING NEWS FOR LOS ANGELES, AND THE AREA, AND THE ENTIRE WORLD

HE WAS FIVE PEOPLE KILLED IN A HELICOPTER CRASH IN CALABASAS THAT CRASH WAS FIRST REPORTED AROUND 10:00 THIS MORNING IN WILLOW GLEN, AND LAS VIRGINOUS ROAD >> FOUR TIME NBA CHAMPION, 18 TIME ALL-STAR, 20 YEARS WITH THE LAKERS, HE WON THE SLAM DUNK CONTEST AS A ROOKIE, HE WENT STRAIGHT TO THE NBA FROM HIGH SCHOOL TWO OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST IT'S JUST AMAZING, HIS CAREER AND WHAT HE'S DONE, AMEND THAT HE CONTINUED TO DO AFTER THE LAKERS

>> HE CARES HE CARED WHEN YOU HAVE SOMEONE THAT CARES, AND YOU HAVE THAT QUALITY INSIDE YOU, IT DOESN'T GET MUCH BETTER THAN THAT BECAUSE IF YOU CARE ABOUT YOURSELF, YOUR FAMILY, YOUR COMMUNITY, YOUR YOUNG PEOPLE >> HE WAS A DIFFERENCE MAKER

I WANT TO ASK YOU SOMETHING YOU'VE BEEN HERE FOR A VERY LONG TIME CERTAINLY WE'VE COVERED TRAGIC LOSSES BEFORE IN THE SPORTS WORLD, AND YOU HAVE AS WELL WHO WILL WE HEAR FROM NEXT? WILL WE HEAR FROM THE LAKERS ORGANIZATION? DO YOU EXPECT THEY'LL PUT OUT A STATEMENT? WILL WE HEAR FROM JEANNIE BUSS? >> OH, YES JEANNIE WAS CRAZY ABOUT KOBE BRYANT

SHE WAS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY HE STAYED HERE, BECAUSE JEANNIE CONTINUED THE THING THAT DR BUSS TAUGHT HER, HOW TO RUN THIS PARTICULAR FRANCHISE WE'RE GOING TO HEAR FROM HER IT'S GOING TO BE TOUGH ON THE PLAYERS WHEN THEY GET BACK THEY'RE ON THEIR WAY BACK, ON THIS LONG GRAMMY ROAD TRIP

IT'S GOING TO BE DIFFICULT YOU TAKE SOMEONE LIKE LeBRON WHEN KOBE SHOWED UP AT A BASKETBALL GAME, LeBRON GOT A LITTLE MORE PEP IN HIS STEP, BECAUSE HE KNEW KOBE WAS THERE AND WHEN LeBRON WAS GROWING UP, WHO WAS HIS ROLE MODEL? KOBE BRYANT >> LeBRON SURPASSED HIM IN KOBE'S HOMETOWN OF PHILADELPHIA

>> I REMEMBER DOING AN INTERVIEW WITH KOBE ON THAT WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY TO LeBRON, WHEN HE PASSES YOU NOT IF, BUT WHEN HE SAID OH, HE'S GOING TO DO THAT THE PROFESSIONAL HE IS, HE TURNED TO THE CAMERA AND STARTED TALKING, AND STARTED TALKING, AND STARTED TALKING

WHEN HE ENDED UP, HE SAID LOVE YOU BRAH, LIKE LOVE YOU BROTHER THAT'S WHAT THE LAKERS ARE, THEY ARE A BAND OF BROTHERS LOOK AT THIS PARTICULAR TEAM THIS IS A BAND OF BROTHERS THAT ARE INTO IT WE CAN SAY ALL THE THINGS WE WANT, ONE OF THE BIGGEST BROTHERS ON THE LAKERS, TO HAVE PLAYED FOR THE LAKERS, MAGIC JOHNSON

AND MAGIC TALKS ABOUT THIS ALL THE TIME WE ARE A BAND OF BROTHERS, AND KOBE BRYANT IS ONE OF THOSE BROTHERS >> WE'VE HAD REPORTERS STANDING BY, OBVIOUSLY, THIS IS HUGE NEWS FOR THE LOS ANGELES AREA, TRULY FOR THE COUNTRY ONE OF THOSE REPORTERS HAS BEEN GREG MILLS HE'S VERY NEAR WHERE THE CRASH SITE HAPPENED IN CALABASAS, IT SEEMS A LARGE CROWD HAS GATHERED, A LOT OF PEOPLE SHARING THEIR THOUGHTS ABOUT KOBE

GREG, WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN SEEING OUT THERE IN THE LAST COUPLE OF MINUTES? >> Reporter: THIS CROWD HAS GROWN QUITE A BIT IN THE LAST FEW MINUTES, SARAH I THINK THAT'S WHAT YOU WERE ASKING ME THIS IS ALLEN AND DONYE YOU GUYS WERE HERE THIS MORNING, YOU HEARD THE HELICOPTER, RIGHT? >> ABSOLUTELY I WAS UP THIS MORNING EARLY

MY SON AND I WERE KIND OF HANGING AROUND THE HOUSE WE KIND OF HEARD A SPUTTER IT WAS REALLY LOUD I WASN'T SURE WHAT IT WAS, AND WE KIND OF BLEW IT OFF, BUT SHORTLY AFTER THAT, MY SON CAME BACK AND SAID HE STARTED GETTING TEXT MESSAGES FROM FRIENDS OF HIS, THAT IT WAS SOME SORT OF AIRCRAFT OR SOMETHING THAT WENT DOWN >> Reporter: WHAT WERE THE WEATHER CONDITIONS? >> EARLY IN THE MORNING, IT WAS FOGGY

A DENSE FOG CLOUDY COULDN'T REALLY SEE UP THERE >> Reporter: WE GOT UP HERE AT 11:30, AND IT WAS PRETTY FOGGY THEN YOUR THOUGHTS

YOU GUYS CAME OUT HERE BECAUSE OF WHO IT WAS, IT WAS KOBE, AND FOUR OTHERS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS >> IT'S TRAGIC, YOU KNOW ANOTHER DEATH HE WAS CLOSE

HAD A CLOSE PLACE IN MY HEART I WENT TO THE GYM, MAMBA ACADEMY >> Reporter: YOU MET HIM >> YEAH >> Reporter: IT WASN'T JUST GUYS

>> TODDLERS, CHILDREN, A LOT OF DIFFERENT ETHNICITIES >> Reporter: ONE THING THAT IMPRESSED ME ABOUT THIS GUY HE HAD FOUR DAUGHTERS, AND HE WAS REALLY INVESTED IN THEIR LIVESMENT WE CAN SEE FROM THE OUTSIDE, TOOK THEM TO WNBA GAMES I THINK HE WENT TO MORE OF THOSE GAMES THAN HE EVERY WENT TO STAPLES CENTER WANTED TO SHOW THEM, THESE ARE GREAT ROLE MODELS >> HIS DAUGHTERS WERE AT THE ACADEMY, AND THEY WERE PARTICIPANTS

LIKE I SAID, IT'S AN UNFORTUNATE TRAGEDY WHEN I LEFT THIS MORNING, IT WAS JUST A LITTLE MEDIA BUILD UP, BUT NOW YOU CAN SEE, PEOPLE ARE COMING FROM ALL ANGLES >> Reporter: ARE YOU STILL IN DISBELIEF? I THINK A LOT OF US ARE >> YEAH, STILL IN SHOCK WE JUST PRAY FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY

>> Reporter: ALLEN, YOUR LAST NAME IS >> DELANEY >> Reporter: WHAT SEPARATED THIS GUY? I NOW HE'S NOW FOURTH ON THE NBA ALL-TIME SCORING LIST, BUT THERE WAS SOMETHING MAGICAL ABOUT THIS GUY >> I RECALL WHEN HE CAME IN THE LEAGUE ABSOLUTELY CHARLOTTE HORNETS HAD DRAFTED HIM

THE LAKERS PICKED HIM UP FROM THAT POINT IT WAS A LOT OF SIMILARITIES, OBVIOUSLY, WITH MICHAEL JORDAN'S GAME I GO BACK A LITTLE BIT WITH DR J, SO I KIND OF FOLLOWED A TREND KOBE HAD HIS OWN STYLE, HIS OWN WAY ABOUT HIM

JUST TO SEE HIM GO AT 41, IS A VERY UNFORTUNATE THING >> Reporter: WHAT MADE HIM A STAR THAT STOOD OUT AMONG STARS FOR YOU? >> HIS WORK ETHIC HE WAS ALWAYS IN THE GYM NEVER STOPPED TRYING TO GET BETTER, TRYING TO DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY THAN OTHER STARS WERE DOING

AND YEAH, HE WAS SOMETHING SPECIAL >> Reporter: HE WAS DRIVEN THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR SHARING YOUR THOUGHTS I'M GOING TO CHECK IN OVER HERE SARAH, AND JEFF, THIS IS A YOUNG LADY I SAW OVER HERE

YOU WERE REALLY HAVING A TOUGH TIME DEALING WITH THIS >> YEAH, I'M CHANICE >> Reporter: AND YOUR LAST NAME? >> CLARK >> Reporter: YOU ARE STANDING OVER HERE, I'M GUESSING BOYFRIEND, COMFORTING YOU YOU WERE DISTRAUGHT

>> IT'S REALLY HEARTBREAKING, THIS IS SOMEBODY WHO MEANT A LOT TO LA, NOT JUST BECAUSE HE'S ONE OF THE GREATEST TALENTS WHO WILL EVER COME FROM THIS CITY, BUT HE'S A BIG PART OF A LOT OF PEOPLE'S PAST TIMES I REMEMBER GOING TO THE GAMES AS A KID WITH MY DAD, AND WE WOULD GET THE NOSE BLEEDS AND BOND WHEN HE'S GONE, A LOT OF OUR MEMORIES FEEL A LITTLE TORN

>> Reporter: FOR MOST OF US, WE GET TO DIE WHEN WE'RE GOING TO BE 95, OR 102, 41 YEARS OLD, A VIBRANT PERSONALITY >> EXACTLY I DON'T KNOW HOW HIS WIFE'S GOING TO GET THROUGH THIS, BUT I KNOW THE WHOLE CITY OF LA AND THE ENTIRE WORLD IS GOING TO BE BEHIND HER

WE'RE JUST GOING TO TRY TO BE THERE, HOPEFULLY THEY DO SOMETHING BIG TO REMEMBER HIM, AND WE FEEL HIM EVERY DAY, BUT THIS HURTS >> Reporter: I SAW YOU JUST STARING AT THE SMOKE COMING UP FROM THE WRECKAGE THOUGHTS GOING FROM YOUR MIND? >> IT'S ONE OF THOSE THINGS IF YOU DON'T SEE IT, YOU DON'T BELIEVE IT I HAD A LOT OF PEOPLE CALLING AND MESSAGING ME, IS THIS REAL? THERE'S JUST NO WAY THERE'S NO WAY

IT'S REALLY HEARTBREAKING I'M LOOKING AT IT RIGHT NOW, AND I STILL DON'T BELIEVE IT, AND I DON'T WANT TO BELIEVE IT >> Reporter: I UNDERSTAND THAT ARE YOU SURPRISED THAT YOU'RE JOINED BY SO MANY KOBE FANS? >> NOT AT ALL I THINK THIS IS JUST THE START

I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE REALLY, REALLY CROWDED FOR QUITE A WHILE IT'S JUST GOING TO BE CRAZY FOR A LONG TIME >> Reporter: MY BEST TO YOU >> THANKS >> Reporter: SARAH, AND JEFF

>> HEY GREG, WE UNDERSTAND KOBE WAS TRAVELING WITH THREE OTHERS, AND KOBE MAKES FOUR THE PILOT IS ONE THAT'S FIVE ONBOARD THAT AIRCRAFT NONE SURVIVED ARE YOU HEARING ANY WORD AT THE SCENE AS TO WHO MAY HAVE PASSED AWAY BEYOND KOBE BRYANT? >> Reporter: I AM

WHAT I'M HEARING, I'VE HEARD THAT ONE OF HIS DAUGHTERS WAS ON BOARD WITH HIM, AND A PARENT OF ANOTHER CHILD THAT WAS A BASKETBALL PLAYERER AND THAT CHILD AND I ALSO HAVE HEARD THEY WERE HEADING TO A TOURNAMENT, OR HEADING NOW BACK FROM A TOURNAMENT THAT IS WHAT I'VE HEARD I'VE NOT CONFIRMED THAT, BUT THAT IS WHAT I'M HEARING >> CERTAINLY, WE'RE GOING TO WORK TO CONFIRM THAT, AND WE WANT TO WAIT UNTIL WE CONFIRM THAT INFORMATION BEFORE WE SHARE IT IN AN OFFICIAL CAPACITY WITH OUR VIEWERS

GREG, CERTAINLY IF THAT IS TRUE, THIS LOSS IS JUST COMPOUNDED, AND KOBE BRYANT'S FAMILY, WHO WAS VERY TIGHT KNIT, AS JIM HALE HAS BEEN REPORTING, THIS IS A REALLY, REALLY TOUGH TIME FOR THEM I'VE BEEN GETTING TEXTS FROM FRIENDS ALL AFTERNOON SINCE THIS HAPPENED FAMILY MEMBERS, FRIENDS, HEARTBROKEN, THEY'RE CRYING I GOT ANOTHER TEXT FROM A FRIEND WHO WAS A BASKETBALL PLAYER, SHE SAID SHE JUST FEELS A PIECE OF HER HEART IS GONE >> IT'S NOT JUST L

A FRIENDS I HAVE FRIENDS IN DETROIT, AND SAN ANTONIO I'VE HAD TEXT MESSAGES FROM THEM ALL EXPRESSING THEIR CONCERN, AND THEIR DISMAY AS TO WHAT HAPPENED HER WITH KOBE BRYANT LET'S GO LIVE TO JOY BENEDICT

WHAT'S THE LATEST THERE, JOY? DO WE HAVE JOY? I GUESS NOT LET'S CONTINUE TO GIVE YOU THE LATEST INFORMATION IS SHE THERE? >> SHE'S GOING TO BE JOINING US IN JUST A FEW MINUTES JOY IS IN NEWPORT COAST KOBE IS A LONG TIME RESIDENT OF THAT AREA

I'VE TALKED TO JIM PERSONALLY OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS AND MONTHS ABOUT PEOPLE SEEING KOBE IN ORANGE COUNTY, AND STOPPING TRAFFIC AND JUST WHAT AN AMAZING THING THAT WAS TO SEE >> Reporter: LIKE I MENTIONED A LITTLE WHILE AGO, HE'S ONE OF THE FEW PEOPLE THAT I HAVE EVER KNOWN THAT CAN WALK ACROSS THE STREET AND STOP TRAFFIC PEOPLE WOULD JUST HOLLER AND SCREAM, KOBE, KOBE, KOBE I WOULD SEE YOUNG KIDS BREAK AWAY FROM THEIR PARENTS AND START RUNNING TOWARDS HIM TO HECK WITH TRAFFIC AND STUFF LIKE THAT

AND ONE OF THE PEOPLE THAT, THAT I RESPECT THE MOST, I CALL HIM, IF YOU'RE FAMILY WITH ASTROLOGY HE'S LIKE THAT SHINING STAR, DISCOVERED KOBE JERRY WEST JERRY IS WITH US NOW I APPRECIATE YOU BEING WITH US TODAY, MY FRIEND, BECAUSE THIS IS, I KNOW THIS IS A TOUGH DAY FOR ALL OF US, BUT ESPECIALLY FOR YOU, BECAUSE YOU WERE THE ONE THAT DISCOVERED KOBE

>> JIM, I REALLY DIDN'T DISCOVER KOBE, OKAY? HE WAS A GREAT YOUNG HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER IN THAT TIME, IT WASN'T IN VOGUE TO DRAFT PLAYERS LIKE THAT I WAS IN THE PROCESS OF GETTING HIS AGENT HERE, AND MYSELF WERE WORKING THROUGH THE DRAFT UNTIL HE BECAME A LAKER AND THOSE WERE VERY EXCITING MOMENTS FOR US TO GET A YOUNG CHARISMATIC KID LIKE HIM, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, A UNIQUE TALENT IT WAS A START OF A LONG, I DON'T SAY PROCESS, BUT THE START OF A LONG FRIENDSHIP, AND WORKING RELATIONSHIP AND TO HEAR THIS NEWS THIS MORNING, FRANKLY AT FIRST I WAS SHOCKED

AND THEN AFTER A WHILE, IT REALLY SUNK IN, AND YOU KNOW, TO SEE THE TRANSFORMATION OF HIM FROM A 17-YEAR-OLD KID WHO USED TO SPEND TIME AT MY HOUSE WITH ME, TO MY SON RYAN DRIVING HIM AROUND, BECAUSE HE COULDN'T DRIVE HE COULDN'T EVEN SIGN A CONTRACT BECAUSE HE WAS TOO YOUNG TO HIM, THE CONSTANT QUESTIONS ABOUT THE NBA WANTING ME TO GO TO A GYM WITH HIM TO WATCH HIM WORK OUT, AND MAYBE MAKE SUGGESTIONS TO HIM IT WAS MORE THAN, I REALLY FELT LIKE A SURROGATE FATHER TO HIM

THEN AS HIS CAREER BLOSSOMED, AND HE STARTED TO ESTABLISH THIS ENORMOUS REPUTATION AS A PLAYER, AND ALSO FILLED WITH ACCOMPLISHMENTS BUT HIS CHARISMA ON TOP OF IT WAS SOMETHING THAT MOST GREAT PLAYERS DON'T HAVE AND HE HAD IT BUT TO WAKE UP TO THIS NEWS, THIS HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST HORRIBLE DAYS OF OUR LIFE I FELT LIKE I'VE LOST A SON

AND FRANKLY NOT DOING VERY WELL >> YEAH, JERRY, I KNOW THERE'S ONLY A FEW PEOPLE THAT HAVE HAD A REALLY INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH KOBE, AND YOU ARE ONE OF THEM, BECAUSE YOU WERE WITH HIM THERE THROUGH THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE INDIFFERENT >> WELL JIM, YOU KNOW IT WASN'T ALL ROSY IT NEVER IS

AND PARTICULARLY FOR SOMEONE LIKE HIM WHO WAS SO ANXIOUS FOR SUCCESS AND I REMEMBER ONE PERSONAL THING I REMEMBER, I SAID TO HIM AFTER A GAME, WHEN HE PLAYED I SAID MAN, YOU LOOK A LITTLE TIRED TONIGHT, AND HE SAID TO ME, I JUST PROPOSED TO HOPEFULLY MY NEW WIFE AND I'LL NEVER FORGET THAT MOMENT IT WAS IN THE LOCKER ROOM, RIGHT AFTER A GAME AND TO SEE HIM GET MARRIED, HAVE CHILDREN, AND CHANGE A CAREER SO DRASTICALLY TO WHERE HE WAS MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THIS WORLD, NOT AS AN ATHLETE, BUT AS A VERY BRIGHT PERSON

HIS INTEREST IN WOMEN IN TERMS OF HIS BASKETBALL ACADEMY THE PRIDE HE TOOK INTO THOSE THINGS AND TO SEE THAT ALL TAKEN AND HIS FAMILY, MY GOD, I JUST, THERE'S GOING TO HAVE TO BE SOME REALLY STRONG PEOPLE OUT THERE SUPPORTING THEM, BECAUSE THIS IS THE WORST NEWS YOU COULD EVER GET >> I KNOW IT'S DIFFICULT, JERRY

AND YOU KNEW HIM BETTER THAN ANYONE THE OTHER THING IS HE CAME TO YOU FOR ADVICE NOT ONLY FOR BASKETBALL, BUT JUST ABOUT GROWING AND MATURING INTO A YOUNG MAN RESPONSIBLE TO HIS FAMILY AND THE COMMUNITY AS WELL, DIDN'T HE? >> WELL JIM, YOU KNOW, I DON'T WANT TO GO AROUND SAYING I WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS LIFE, PERIOD, I DON'T, BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE MOSTLY UNFAIR BUT THE THING I WILL SHARE WITH YOU IS HOW TO ME, THE THINGS I SAW HIM, THAT MATURITY THAT I SAW HIM GROW INTO, I SAW HIM GROW UP I SAW HIM DEAL WITH PRESS THAT WAS NEGATIVE AT TIMES, BECAUSE HE PLAYED THE GAME WITH A FLAIR, AND ANYTIME YOU PLAY THE GAME WITH A FLAIR, YOU'RE SUSCEPTIBLE TO MAKING MISTAKES BUT I WAS HIS BIGGEST SUPPORTER, BUT ALSO I HAD SOME VERY SERIOUS TALKS WITH HIM ABOUT HOW HE NEEDS TO CHANGE HIS GAME A LITTLE BIT TO BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE HIMSELF WITH HIS OTHER TEAMMATES

BUT I THINK THE THING THAT BROUGHT ME GREAT JOY WAS TO WATCH HIM WITH HIS WIFE AND HIS KIDS IT WAS TRULY INSPIRING TO SEE HE LIVED IN A WORLD OF TESTOSTERONE, OKAY? AS ALL ATHLETES DO FOR HIM TO BE ABLE TO SEPARATE THE ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS WITH HIS PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS THIS WAS A BRILLIANT KID

THIS WASN'T SOME ATHLETE WHO JUST HAPPENED TO BE A GREAT BASKETBALL PLAYER HE WAS MORE THAN THAT IT'S GOING TO TAKE A LONG TIME FOR ME TO GET OVER THIS ONE >> WHY DO YOU THINK HE WAS STILL SO BELOVED TODAY, EVEN THOUGH HE'S BEEN OUT OF THE GAME FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS? >> JIM, I THINK PLAYERS THAT PLAY THE GAME WITH A FLAIR, YOU SEE A LOT OF GREAT PLAYERS THAT PLAY THE GAME, LOOK AT ABDUL- JABBAR'S CAREER HE JUST HAD A DIFFERENT PERSONALITY

AND YOU CAN ARGUABLY SAY HE HAD THE GREATEST CAREER OF ANYONE BUT YET PEOPLE I DON'T THINK WILL EQUATE AND LOOK AT THEM THE SAME WAY THEY DO AS ERVIN JOHNSON HE PLAYED THE GAME WITH A FLAIR HE HAD A BIG RELATIONSHIP WITH THE FANS, STILL DO HE'S BIGGER THAN LIFE

AND KOBE'S LEGACY, IT WILL REMAIN FOREVER HIS IMPACT WILL REMAIN FOREVER BUT MY GOD, I JUST FEEL SO HORRIBLE FOR HIS FAMILY >> AND FOR AS GREAT A BASKETBALL PLAYER AS HE WAS, JERRY, AND I'VE SAID MANY TIMES, AND I'VE HEARD YOU SAY IT TOO, HE WAS A BETTER FAMILY MAN, A HUSBAND AND FATHER MAN, HE LOVED THOSE LADIES IN HIS HOME

>> WELL, ALL YOU HAD TO DO WAS SEE THEM WITH HIM THAT'S ALL YOU HAD TO DO I ONCE KIDDED HIM ONE TIME AFTER HE HAD A COUPLE GIRLS, AND AGAIN, I WAS NOT, I'M NOT SOMEONE WHO GOES AROUND, AND COMMUNICATES WITH PLAYERS, EX- PLAYERS, OKAY? I DON'T THINK THAT'S MY POSITION IN THIS WORLD I JUST KNOW THE ADMIRATION I HAVE FOR THE PLAYERS HAVE REALLY ACHIEVED SOMETHING SPECIAL, BUT SOMETIMES THE ONES WHO HAVEN'T BUT WITH HIM, AS I SAY, HE HAD A LITTLE EXTRA GOLD DUST SPRINKLED ON HIM

I WAS KIDDING HIM I SAID YOU'RE NOT A MAN, YOU HAVE ALL THESE WOMEN IN YOUR LIFE OF COURSE HE LAUGHED AT IT BUT TO THINK THAT I WON'T SEE HIM, TO THINK HIS FAMILY WON'T SEE HIM, PEOPLE WHO LOVED HIM PEOPLE ADMIRED HIM

JUST GOD AWFUL >> HE WAS A GIFT, WASN'T HE, JERRY? >> JIM, HE WAS DEFINITELY A GIFT YES, HE WAS AS YOU SAY, YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN A KID IS BORN, WHAT IT'S GOING TO BE EVEN THOUGH HE WAS A SON OF A BASKETBALL PLAYER, YOU JUST, IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE HIS EXCELLENCE, HIS YOU KNOW PEOPLE CALL HIM MAMBA MENTALITY

I DON'T I DON'T HE WAS JUST BORN WITH AN INCREDIBLE DESIRE TO WIN, IT HAD NOTHING WITH HIS MENTALITY I JUST WANTED TO WIN AT ALL COST AND HE WOULD WIN AT ALL COST

HE LAYED HIS LIFE ON THE LINE EVERY NIGHT WHEN IT CAME TO WINNING LOSING WAS NOT IN HIS VOCABULARY AND WITH A LOT OF GREAT PLAYERS BUT HE JUST HAD THIS PERSONA THAT VERY FEW HAVE A LOT OF DESIRE

AND A LOT WILL NEVER HAVE, EVEN THOUGH THEY'VE HAD GREAT CAREERS >> JERRY, WOULD YOU SAY HE WAS ONE OF THE MOST SINGULARLY FOCUSED ATHLETES YOU'VE EVER BEEN AROUND >> YES, JIM, AND I THINK IN TODAY'S DAY AND AGE, AND PARTICULARLY THE MORE SOCIAL MEDIA THAT WE HAVE TODAY, IT GETS TALKED ABOUT SO MUCH, OKAY? BUT THERE'S OTHER PLAYERS THAT HAVE HAD THAT SAME FOCUS I THINK BECAUSE HE TALKED ABOUT PEOPLE WANTED TO KNOW WHAT DROVE HIM, AND HE TALKED ABOUT IT A LOT MORE BUT THERE'S A LOT OF PLAYERS THAT HAVE IT, BUT THEY DON'T HAVE THAT PERSONA

THEY JUST DON'T HAVE IT AND GOD THAT WILL BE MISSED IN THIS CITY, OH, MY GOODNESS FOR ME, I STARTED OFF IN DISBELIEF, AND NOW I'M IN ANOTHER PLACE AND IT'S NOT A GOOD PLACE >> HE WAS ALSO, JERRY, ONE OF THE FEW INDIVIDUALS THAT WE KNOW THAT WHEN HE WALKED ACROSS THE STREET, HE REALLY DIDN'T STOP TRAFFIC, DIDN'T HE? >> AGAIN, AS I SAID BEFORE, THERE'S CERTAIN PEOPLE THAT HAVE THAT

AND MAGIC JOHNSON, SAME WAY THE SAME WAY AND THE PEOPLE OF LOS ANGELES HAVE BEEN BLESSED TO SEE SOME INCREDIBLY GIFTED PLAYERS, AND HE WAS HOME-GROWN ERVIN JOHNSON WAS HOME-GROWN THEY MEAN SO MUCH TO THEIR COMMUNITIES

SO MUCH TO THE YOUNG CHILDREN LOOKING FOR SOMETHING POSITIVE IN THEIR LIVES AS I SAY, THIS IS JUST REALLY HARD FOR ME TO BELIEVE I JUST WANT TO GO TO BED, AND THINK THAT THIS IS A NIGHTMARE >> JERRY, AND WHEN HE RETIRED, HE WAS READY THERE ARE A LOT OF GUYS WHO ARE FORCED INTO RETIREMENT

THERE ARE SOME GUYS WHO KIND OF ADJUST TO RETIREMENT, BUT HE WAS READY FOR RETIREMENT IT WAS ALMOST AS THOUGH, EVERYTHING YOU TOLD HIM, AND TAUGHT HIM CAME TO FRUITION, WHEN HE SAID MAMBA OUT, HE WAS READY TO GO >> JIMMY, IT'S NOT WHAT I TAUGHT HIM YOUR BODY TEACHES YOU WHAT IT IS YOUR BODY TALKS TO YOU ALL THE TIME WHEN YOU'RE AN ATHLETE

PEOPLE SEE ATHLETES PERFORM AT THIS ENORMOUSLY HIGH LEVEL, AND THEY CAN'T JACK IT UP EVERY NIGHT, REGARDLESS OF HOW GIFTED THEY ARE THEY CAN GO OUT THERE AND GET NUMBERS THAT NO ONE ELSE CAN DO, AND INFLUENCE THE GAME, BUT SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY, YOUR WILL GETS TESTED BECAUSE YOU JUST DON'T FEEL LIKE, THAT YOU CAN COMPETE AT THAT LEVEL EVERY NIGHT, AS YOU GET OLDER BUT AS I SAY, THIS IS, I'VE HAD A LOST A BROTHER IN A WAR AT 19 YEARS OF AGE, AND TO LOSE SOMEONE THAT I LOVED AND ADMIRED NOT EASY >> YEAH, JERRY WE'VE JUST BEEN TOLD THAT HIS DAUGHTER, GIANA WAS ON THAT PLANE WITH HIM

>> I HAD HEARD THAT UNFORTUNATELY, THAT'S ONE WHO YOU CAN ALWAYS SEE WITH HIM IN PICTURES MY WIFE WAS JUST GOING THROUGH SOME PICTURES OF ME AND MY KIDS WITH HIM, WHEN HE WAS A PUPPY AND YOU KNOW, JUST THINK BACK THOSE DAYS, CAREFREE, HAPPY BRIGHT EYED YOUNG MAN BUT A TEENAGER

FRANKLY, I DIDN'T WANT TO KNOW THAT >> JERRY, WHAT'S THE LIFE LESSON? YOU'VE BEEN TEACHING YOUR PLAYERS WHEN THEY'RE IN THE LEAGUE, WHAT'S THE LIFE LESSON TO LEARN FROM THE LIFE OF KOBE BRYANT? >> HARD WORK DEDICATION BEYOND MANY AND THIS ENORMOUS DESIRE TO SUCCEED AND THE PEOPLE THAT ARE SUCCESSFUL, A LOT OF PEOPLE TALK A GOOD GAME, AND THEY MAKE THEMSELF BIGGER IN A NEWSPAPER THAN THEY REALLY ARE

HE LIVED IT HE DID IT AND AS I SAY, HE SHOULD BE AN INSPIRATION FOR ALL YOU CAN SEE PEOPLE'S DETERMINATION IN A GAME YOU COULD SEE HIS

AND YOU WATCH THAT AND THOSE ARE THE PLAYERS THAT I ADMIRE MOST SOME OF THEM DON'T HAVE HIS SKILL BUT THOSE ARE THE PLAYERS I ADMIRE MOST I'M NOT INTO FLASHY PLAYERS, I'M NOT INTO PEOPLE WHO LOOK PRETTY I'M INTO RESULTS

BUT HE HAPPENED TO BE PRETTY TO WATCH MY GOD, THE RESULTS HE GOT WERE ENORMOUS AND FOR THE PEOPLE IN LOS ANGELES TO WATCH THIS FOR 20 YEARS, A LOT OF FAMILIES GREW UP WITH HIM, OKAY A LOT AND A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE INSPIRED BY HIM AND HE IS, I THINK HE WILL INSPIRE MORE PEOPLE NOW, JIMMY

I THINK HE'LL BE, HE'LL BE REVERED FOREVER >> AND IT'S AMAZING, THE EFFECT THAT HE HAS AND HE NOT ONLY HAD, BUT HE STILL HAS ON PLAYERS OF TODAY I KNOW THAT WHEN HE GOES TO A LAKER GAME, AND HE'S SITTING AT COURT SIDE, OR WHEN HE COMES TO ONE OF YOUR GAMES WITH THE CLIPPERS, THE PLAYERS REALLY, THEY DON'T WANT TO LET KOBE DOWN THEY PLAY EVEN HARDER, TRYING TO, IF NOTHING ELSE, JUST TO IMPRESS HIM LIKE WE JUST HAD ON THE AIR, A PICTURE OF LeBRON GOING OVER AND TALKING TO HIM COURTSIDE BEFORE THE GAME

>> AS I SAY, JIMMY, PLAYERS LIKE THIS TRANSCEND TIME THEY REALLY DO IT'S WHAT THEY'VE ACCOMPLISHED BEFORE THEM PEOPLE WHO GROW UP, AND WANT TO WALK AWAY FROM THE GAME HAVE THAT KIND OF ACCEPTANCE FROM THE FANS BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, WHEN YOU HAVE ACCEPTANCE FROM THE PLAYERS, THAT'S WHAT'S MOST IMPORTANT

THE ONES WHO DON'T HAVE THAT PERCEPTION WITH THE PLAYERS ARE THE ONES WHO ARE NOT THE REAL PEOPLE WHEN I SAY REAL PEOPLE, I'M TALKING ABOUT THE REAL PLAYERS HE WAS TOP OF THE FOOD CHAIN, PERIOD THAT'S WHO HE WAS >> I REMEMBER, I THINK IT WAS AGAINST UTAH

MAN, THE LAKERS WERE REALLY STRUGGLING AND HAVING DIFFICULT PROBLEMS ON THE FLOOR KOBE WENT IN AT HALFTIME AND SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT YOU GUYS? IF YOU DON'T WANT TO WIN THIS GAME, GET OUT OF MY WAY, AND I'LL WIN IT MYSELF >> WELL I'LL NEVER FORGET PLAYING AGAINST UTAH, AND THAT GAME IN PARTICULAR, I THINK THAT CHANGED THE >>> YOU HAVE BEEN WATCHING COVERAGE FROM CBSN LOS ANGELES NBA LEGEND KOBE BRYANT DIED IN A HELICOPTER CRASH IN CALABASAS, CALIFORNIA TRIBUTES ARE POURING IN FOR THE FORMER LAKERS SUPERSTAR

HE RETIRED IN 2016 AFTER SPENDING 20 YEARS WITH THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS HE WAS ONE OF FIVE PEOPLE KILLED IN A CRASH IT REMAINS UNCLEAR AT THIS TIME, WHO ELSE WAS ON BOARD HE WAS THE FOURTH LEADING SCORER IN NBA HISTORY IN ADDITION TO HIS FIVE TITLES WITH THE FRANCHISE, HE WAS ALSO SELECTED TO THE ALL-STAR TEAM ATE TIMES AND WON THE MVP IN 2000 A

WE ARE AWAITING A PRESS CONFERENCE FROM LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT WE WILL BRING INTO YOU LIVE, AS SOON AS IT HAPPENS FIRST, NBA ANALYST WRITER JOINS ME BY PHONE FROM LOS ANGELES WHAT MORE HAVE WE LEARNED ABOUT THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE CRASH?>> WE WILL GET THE OFFICIAL CONFIRMATION IN A FEW MOMENTS, WHEN THE PRESS CONFERENCE BEGINS AT HAS BEEN CONFIRMED UNFORTUNATELY, IN MULTIPLE REPORTS, THAT AMONG THOSE, WHO DIED IN THE CRASH, INCLUDE KOBE BRYANT 13-YEAR-OLD, AND OLDEST DAUGHTER, ONE OF HER TEAMMATES, AND A PARENT, IT WAS KOBE BRYANT AND HIS DAUGHTER AND ONE OF HER TEAMMATES, WHO WERE HEADED IN HIS HELICOPTER ONE OF HER YOUTH BASKETBALL GAMES

>> WHAT CAN YOU TELL US, AS NEWS HAS SPREAD ABOUT THIS TRAGIC CRASH WHAT IMPACT HAS HIS DEATH HAD AMONG NOT JUST FANS, BUT IN THE BROADER SPORTS WORLD THE NEWS OF HIS DEATH >> A PUBLIC MORNING ACROSS THE SPORTS WORLD ONE OF THE GREATEST SOCCER PLAYERS TO SCORE A GOAL

THE ONLY NBA GAME UNDER THE WEIGHT IS IN TRANTER THEY TO:24 SHOT CLOCK VIOLATION FOR KOBE BRYANT WITH THE FAMOUS ATHLETES IN MORNING MY KIDS WERE DOWN AT THE BEACH AS THE NEWS BROKE, THERE WAS SILENCE WITH TEENAGERS AND ADULTS TALKING IN SHOCKED TONES ABOUT HOW IT CANNOT BE REAL

HERE IN LOS ANGELES, AND BEYOND, THERE IS A QUIET LEVEL OF SHOCK, AS THE REALITY — WILL DO OUR BEST TO PROCESS IT AND MAKE SENSE OF IT >> WHY DO YOU THINK KOBE BRYANT WAS SUCH A BELOVED FIGURE? IN LOS ANGELES, YES, BUT NOT JUST LA I WAS LOOKING ON TWITTER AT LeBRON JAMES AND HIS COMMENTS FROM JUST LAST NIGHT

HE WAS TALKING ABOUT HIS REFLECTIONS, SEEING KOBE BRYANT THIS WAS BEFORE THE HELICOPTER CRASHED THE INSPIRATION, THAT HE DREW FROM WATCHING KOBE BRYANT ON THE POSSIBLE COURT >> IT IS A GREAT QUESTION HE RESONATED THE LANGUAGE OF SO MANY PEOPLE

IT IS RARE, RIGHT? THE UNIQUE COMBINATION OF ALL- TIME GREATNESS AND AS A PASQUO PLAYER, HE WAS AND BEING A VERY, VERY COMPLICATED HUMAN BEING IF YOU COMPETED AGAINST KOBE BRYANT, HE WANTED TO DESTROY úY- BEING AND ANY BELIEF YOU HAD THAT YOU COULD BEAT HIM ON THE FLOOR YET, THERE WAS A REMARKABLE CHARM AWAY FROM IT HE WAS THE MOST BELOVED SPORTS FIGURE BY A WIDE MARGIN IN LOS ANGELES

THE CONNECTION THAT HE HAD WAS SO POWERFUL ALMOST CULT LIKE AN EMOTIONAL IN HIS LIFE, HE HAD DARK MOMENTS INCLUDING ACCUSATIONS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT HE WAS A BASKETBALL PLAYER, AND ALSO, A RENAISSANCE MAN IN BUSINESS

IN ART HE SPOKE MULTIPLE LANGUAGES HE WENT ABROAD IN ITALY WITH HIS FAMILY HE WAS A COMPLICATED GUY IF YOU TRY TO SAY KOBE BRYANT WAS ONE THING, YOU ARE MISSING THE 50 OTHER THINGS THAT DEFINED HIM

AS A FATHER AND A PARENT, WHICH MAKES US EVEN MORE TRAGIC THAN IT OTHERWISE WOULD HAVE BEEN, KOBE BRYANT, WAS A DAD IT TOOK SOME OF THE ROUGH SPOTS OFF IT GAVE HIM SOME PERSPECTIVE WHAT IT DID FOR HIM AS AN INDIVIDUAL, YOU CAN SEE THE LOVE HE HAD FOR HIS CHILDREN THE LAST TIME I SAW KOBE BRYANT IN PERSON, HE WAS WITH HIS OLDEST DAUGHTER, WHO HAS PASSED AWAY IN THE FLIGHT TODAY

ALL OF THESE THINGS, IT IS THE INGREDIENTS THAT WENT INTO KOBE BRYANT AND MADE HIM LIKABLE AND IN THE END, IT ADDED UP TO A LEVEL OF RESPECT FOR HIS TALENT, HIS MIND AND FORM ABILITY AND WHO HE BECAME AS A FATHER IT IS ALL OF THOSE THINGS THAT PEOPLE ARE MORNING TODAY >> WHAT KIND OF A PRESENCE DID HE RETAIN IN THE LOS ANGELES AREA? EVEN THE FACT THAT IN THE END, HE DID NOT PLAY SINCE 2016? >> YOU WOULD THINK HE WAS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WHEN YOU SAW HIM WALK THROUGH STAPLES CENTER OR BE SOMEWHERE

THE LAST GAME I WENT TO, A FEW WEEKS AGO, WHEN KOBE BRYANT WAS THERE, LeBRON JAMES IS IN THE BUILDING HE IS A BIG STAR IF MEMORY SERVES, IT MAY HAVE BEEN RIHANNA SOME SUPERSTARS WERE THERE ANTHONY DAVIS IS A BIG DEAL

IT IS A WHO IS WHO WHEN KOBE BRYANT WALKED IN, NOT EVEN WHEN HE WALKED IN YOU COULD FEEL THE RIPPLE IN THE BUILDING PEOPLE STARTED TO WHISPER, KOBE IS COMING WHEN HE WALKED OUT OF THE TUNNEL , NEAR THE FLOOR, THERE WAS NOT A GASP

JUSTIN EXCLAMATION YOU WOULD THINK A GROUP OF PEOPLE WERE WATCHING SOMEONE WALK ON WATER TO WATCH KOBE BRYANT WALK ONTO THE FLOOR HIS IMPACT, HIS CONNECTION HIS HOLD ON THE CITY IT WAS ABSOLUTE AND SO AUTHENTIC

IT LASTED WELL BEYOND LOS ANGELES IS A TOWN WHERE YOU CANNOT OFFER SOMETHING ANYMORE IT WAS NOT TRUE FOR KOBE THERE WAS AN EMOTIONAL CONNECTION BEYOND WHAT HE COULD DO AS A BASKETBALL PLAYER THAT IS PART OF WHAT IS BEING PROCESSED AND DEALT WITH IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

>> I WONDER IF YOU CAN TALK ABOUT THE FACT THAT IT WAS AN ACTIVE RETIREMENT FOR HIM AS WELL IN FACT, IN THOSE YEARS AFTER LEAVING BASKETBALL AS A PLAYER, HE WAS VERY MUCH KEEPING A BUSY SCHEDULE INCLUDING COACHING HIS DAUGHTER'S TEAM >> THERE ARE A LOT OF NBA PLAYERS AND FORMER ATHLETES, WHO RETIRE YOUNG YOU GET TO FILL YOUR TIME

MANY OF THEM TAKE UP GOLF THAT WOULD NOT BE KOBE BRYANT HE HAD AND NEED TO WIN AND FEEL ALIVE IT DEFINED HIS POST-PLAYING CAREER HE WAS A VERY SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEUR

MOVING INTO MOVIES AND PRODUCTION AS THE COACH OF HIS DAUGHTER'S TEAM SHE HAD AN AMAZING TALENT SHE WAS THE PRIDE FOR HER DAD OF WHAT SHE WAS BECOMING HE CONTINUED TO BE AGGRESSIVELY INVOLVED IN THE THINGS THAT MATTER TO HIM

HIS DAUGHTER'S BASKET TEAM BEING A FATHER SOME OF THE ENTREPRENEURIAL VENTURES HE WAS A PART OF I HAVE COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS WHO TRY TO PITCH IDEAS TO HIS PRODUCTION COMPANY A COUPLE SETS OF FRIENDS MARVELED

THE APTITUDE AND SHREWDNESS AND COMPETITIVENESS WITH WHICH HE CAME TO THE MEETINGS HE WANTED TO WIN I WANTED TO BE SUCCESSFUL YOU ARE CORRECT HE WAS NOT A LAKER AS A PLAYER ANYMORE EVERYTHING WAS IN HIS PLAYING DAYS, HE POURED INTO HIS FAMILY AS A FATHER

INTO YOUTH BASKET WILL GAMES INTO HIS PRODUCTION COMPANY AND MYRIAD PROJECTS WE ALL TRY TO LIVE LIFE AND SEES THE DATE WHAT WE CAN HE DID IT EVERY SINGLE MOMENT AND EVERY ENDEAVOR HE WAS ENGAGED IN SACRAMENTO LET VIEWERS KNOW WE ARE KEEPING OUR EYE ON THE PICTURE THERE ON THE RIGHT-HAND PART OF YOUR SCREEN

CALABASAS, CALIFORNIA, WHERE WE EXPECT LOCAL AUTHORITIES TO HOLD A NEWS CONFERENCE WITHIN THE HOUR THAT IS WHAT WE UNDERSTAND WE WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THAT AND BRING YOU THAT NEWS CONFERENCE AS SOON AS IT HAPPENS YOU MENTIONED EARLIER BEING THERE ON THE BEACH AND HAVING STUNNED SILENCE DISSENT AROUND YOU, WHERE PEOPLE WERE JUST LEARNING OF THE DEATH OF KOBE BRYANT WHAT DO YOU THINK THE NEXT TWO DAYS IN LOS ANGELES WILL BE LIKE

>> NOT TO SOUND TRITE, BUT IT WILL BE THE STAGES OF GRIEF I AM A SPORTS CASTER MY FRIENDS ARE ALWAYS TEXTING ME ABOUT SPORTS PEOPLE SAID WE DO NOT BELIEVE THIS, IT CANNOT BE TRUE AS MORE CAME IN, THIS CANNOT BE TRUE

AND NOW, AS YOU WOULD IMAGINE, THE SHOCK OF IT I REALLY BELIEVE IT WILL BE A TOUGH MORNING THERE WILL BE PEOPLE CRYING IN THE STREETS LOSS OF LIFE AND DEATH AS PART OF THE DEAL IS YOU AND BE AS FOR DAPA TO KOBE BRYANT IN THE CITY AT THE AGE HE WAS AT, 41, WHICH IS MY AGE

WITH HIS DAUGHTER ON BOARD, IT WILL BE ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT, EMOTIONAL COLLECTIVE MOMENTS LOS ANGELES IS EVER HAD >> PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS TREATED REGARDING THE NEWS AS WELL WE WILL SHOW OUR VIEWERS THAT WE WE SHOULD YOU PRESIDENT TRUMP'S TWEET EARLIER YOU SEE THE TWEET FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA

KOBE BRYANT WAS A LEGEND ON THE COURT AND JUST GETTING STARTED WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN JUST AS MEANINGFUL WAS A SECOND ACT TO LOSE GIANNA BRYANT IS JUST AS NAVAL WE SEND OUR LOVE AND PRAYERS TO VANESSA BRIAN AND THE ENTIRE FAMILY ON AN UNTHINKABLE DAY YOU TOUCHED ON THIS A MOMENT AGO

THE EFFECT THAT HAVING FAMILY, PARTICULARLY BEING A FATHER TO DOCTORS THAT YOU SAW PERHAPS IT WAS A FACTOR IN THE EVOLUTION OF KOBE BRYANT I WONDER IF YOU TALK MORE ABOUT THAT? EARLIER, WHEN WE WERE LISTENING TO OUR CBSN LOS ANGELES STATION, THEY HAD JERRY WEST, WHO TALKED ABOUT WHAT HE SAW AS A PROFOUND INFLUENCE IN KOBE BRYANT BECOMING A FATHER >> IT IS RIGHT AS A FATHER OF A DAUGHTER, WHO IS 10 YEARS OLD, I CAN RELATE WHEN YOU ARE A MAN AND YOU TRY TO MAKE A PERSON AND A GOOD HUMAN BEING AND A HUSBAND YOU THINK YOU UNDERSTAND, YOU GET A RUDE AWAKENING WHEN YOU HAVE A LITTLE GIRL

>> HE WAS SURROUNDED >> YOU ARE SURROUNDED BY WORRIES AND ALL OF YOU NEVER IMAGINED AND FRANKLY, BY A PERSPECTIVE ON WHAT IT IS, INC IS THE FATHER, A YOUNG WOMAN YOU NEVER UNDERSTOOD KOBE BRYANT HAVE TALKED ABOUT THIS

HE TALKED ABOUT PEOPLE COMING UP TO HIM WHEN HIS DAUGHTER WAS STANDING NEXT TO HIM AND SAYING TO KOBE BRYANT, WOULD YOU GET A SON TO CONTINUE THE LEGACY SHE SNAPPED BACK, I GOT THAT COVERED YOU COULD JUST SEE KOBE TELLING THAT STORY AS YOU WATCH THE CLIP ON LATE-NIGHT NOT JUST BE QUIET MY MAN

MY DAUGHTER GETS ITS AND I GET HER FOR ANY COMPLICATED MAN, WHEN YOU HAVE A DAUGHTER, AND IN THE BRIDE'S CASE, MANY DOCTORS YOU HAVE A LEVEL OF OF THE CAN ONLY AFFECT YOU I LIKED KOBE BRYANT HE WAS CHARMING

HE HAD AN EDGE TO HIM HE HAD A COMPETITIVE FIRE IT WAS DIFFERENT IT WAS CONTAINED AND CHANNELED THERE WAS AN OVERWHELMING AMOUNT OF LOVE THAT CAME WITH IT

THE LAST TIME I SAW HIM, IT WAS HIS DAUGHTER WHO HE BROUGHT WITH HIM IT WAS AN AMAZING MOMENT WHERE HE GOT A STANDING OVATION THEY SHARED IT TOGETHER MAYBE HE WAS ALWAYS A COMPLETE MAN AND WE DO NOT SEE IT IN THE PUBLIC EYE, THERE WAS A COMPLETENESS

THERE WAS A THREE-DIMENSIONAL REALITY AND SEEING HIM AS A LOVING, DOTING FATHER, CREATED, FOR THOSE OF US WHO SOME IS A COMPETITIVE AS WELL, SOMETHING ELSE >> EARLIER IN THE AFTERNOON, WE TO "CBS THIS MORNING" SATURDAY, THE CO-HOST HAD JUST SAT DOWN WITH KOBE BRYANT TO TALK ABOUT THE CHAPTER HE WAS IN NOW WHICH IS FOCUSING ON BEING A STORYTELLER WHICH WOULD BE SURPRISING FOR SOME FOLKS WHO MAY NOT HAVE REALIZED THE DEPTH OF FEELING THAT KOBE BRYANT HAD FOR THE PARTICULAR ISSUE TRY TO TELL STORIES

CAN YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT AT ALL ABOUT THAT? IT SEEMED TO BE AN AREA OF FOCUS THAT WAS JUST AS A INTENSE IS WHAT HE HAD DONE ON THE BASKETBALL COURT ITSELF >> AS A PERSON WHO IS COVERED HIGH-LEVEL POLITICS, KOBE BRYANT, WHEN I COVERED HIM, NO ONE IN SPORTS, WITH ALL RESPECT FOR LeBRON JAMES, WAS A MASTER OF THE NARRATIVE OF HIS OWN STORY THE ABILITY TO PULL REPORTERS ASIDE AND GIVE ACCESS HE OPERATED LIKE SOME SORT OF WHITE HOUSE SPIN GURU ON HIS OWN BEHALF YOU COULD TELL THAT HE ENJOYED THE COMPETITION OF CREATING HIS OWN STORY AND CREATING HIS OWN NARRATIVE, TO DEFINE HOW THE PUBLIC SAW HIM

DOING WHAT YOU DO WHEN IN THE PUBLIC SPOTLIGHT TALKING TO THOSE WHO SHAPED THE NEWS TO HAVE REPORTERS WHO WOULD SEE HIS PERSPECTIVE TO DO AS BEST HE COULD WHICH IS NO EASY TASK

WHEN I HEARD THAT, THAT HE HAD AN INTEREST IN NARRATIVE AND STORYTELLING, IT MADE SENSE LOOKING BACK, I THINK HE ALWAYS UNDERSTOOD HIS OWN CAREER WHEN HE STEPPED OFF THE FLOOR IN THAT CONTEXT THE BEGINNING, MIDDLE AND END OF HEROES AND VILLAINS HE WAS A GUY WHO OPERATED WITH SO MUCH DEPTH AS MUCH SMARTS

IN EVERYTHING THAT HE DID IT DOES NOT SURPRISE ME I CAN REMEMBER IN DEALING WITH HIM, HE WAS THINKING I HAVE TO BE CAREFUL HOW CHARMING AND AWARE HE IS AND WHAT HE WANTS HE FEELS LIKE WE ARE PLAYING CHESS RIGHT NOW EVEN THOUGH IT IS JUST A POLITE CONVERSATION

HE UNDERSTOOD IN A WAY THAT I RESPECT HE UNDERSTOOD THE IDEA OF BUILDING A STORY IT DOES NOT SURPRISE ME HE DID IT HIMSELF PROFESSIONALLY >> I'M TOLD WE HAVE ANOTHER TWEET WE WANT TO SHOW

AS TRIBUTE UP AND POURING IN WE HAVE BEEN MONITORING SOCIAL MEDIA LET'S GO AHEAD AND LISTEN TO THE REACTION NOW FROM KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR >> IT IS VERY DIFFICULT FOR ME TO PUT INTO WORDS, HOW I FEEL ABOUT THE LOSS OF KOBE BRYANT

AS A YOUNG BOY, I MET HIM WHEN HE WAS 11 OR 12 YEARS OLD I WAS FRIENDS WITH HIS DAD, JOE WE WERE FORMER ADVERSARIES JOE PLAYED FOR THE 76ers HE WAS A GOOD FRIEND

AND SOMEONE I SHARED A FRIENDSHIP WITH IT IS HARD FOR ME TO UNDERSTAND NOW, HOW THIS IS AFFECTING JOE AND HIS WIFE TO KOBE'S FAMILY, I SEND MY MOST SINCERE AND HEARTFELT REGRETS AND PRAYERS AND MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU GUYS KOBE WAS AN INCREDIBLE FAMILY MAN

HE LOVED HIS WIFE AND DAUGHTERS HE WAS AN INCREDIBLE ATHLETE AND A LEADER IN A LOT OF WAYS HE ASPIRED A GENERATION OF YOUNG ATHLETES HE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST ONES TO LEAVE HIGH SCHOOL AND COME TO THE NBA AND DO SO WELL

DOMINATING THE GAME AND BECOMING ONE OF THE BEST SCORES AT THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS , THAT THEY HAVE EVER SEEN I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING THERE WHEN HE SCORED HIS 81 POINT GAME IT IS SOMETHING I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER AS ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE THINGS I HAVE LEARNED AND OBSERVED IN SPORTS MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU

ABSOLUTELY REST IN PEACE YOUNG MAN THIS LOSS IS HARD TO COMPREHEND GO WITH GOD >> KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR REACTED TO THE NEWS OF KOBE BRYANT DEATH

I WANT TO ASK ABOUT THE OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT THAT WE ARE SEEING BEGINNING TO SEE FOR THE FAMILY OF KOBE BRYANT, FOR HIS WIFE AND HIS OTHER DOCTORS CAN YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT KIND OF SUPPORT WHICH I IMAGINE WILL BE A FLOOD, HERE IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS >> IT WILL BE A COMPLICATED REALITY

THE FAMILY WILL HAVE A LEVEL OF SUPPORT AND LOVE OF WELL WISHES AND KINDNESS FROM LOS ANGELES AND BEYOND THROWN THEIR WAY I WOULD IMAGINE ALSO HAVING TO DEAL WITH THE DESIRE FOR THE PRIVACY THEY WILL NEED TO MOURN A FATHER AND HUSBAND IN THE SECOND OLDEST DAUGHTER AS A PARENT, AS AWFUL AS THE STORY IS, 41 IS A YOUNG AS PRESIDENT OBAMA NOTED AND AS OTHER FOLKS HAVE SAID, THE REALITY IS IT IS KOBE BRYANT AND HIS DAUGHTER

THAT IS A DIFFICULTY THAT I COULD NOT AND WOULD NOT WANT TO UPPER HAND AS A PARENT AND BEYOND LOS ANGELES, THERE WILL BE SO MUCH LOVE AND SUPPORT THERE WILL BE A BALANCE HAS TO BE STRUCK FOR FAMILY IN THE SPOTLIGHT IN A WAY THEY NEVER HAPPEN IN TERMS OF THE MORNING AND SADNESS THEY WILL WANT THE PRIVACY

>> TO KEEP VIEWERS UPDATED, WE ARE CONTINUING TO MONITOR THIS PICTURE OUT OF CALABASAS, CALIFORNIA ON THE RIGHT, IS WHERE WE EXPECT LOCAL AUTHORITIES TO HOLD A NEWS CONFERENCE NOW, WE ARE GETTING GUIDANCE THAT PERHAPS, THE NEWS CONFERENCE MAY BE PUSHED BACK A LITTLE BIT IT WAS ORIGINALLY SET FOR THE TOP OF OUR IT IS LOOKING LIKE IT WILL BE THE BOTTOM OF THE HOUR

5:30 EASTERN, 2:30 LOCAL WE WILL CONTINUE, AS SOON AS THE NEWS CONFERENCE GETS UNDERWAY, WE WILL BRING IT TO YOU AS IT HAPPENS AS A SAINT A MOMENT AGO, WE ARE WATCHING SOCIAL MEDIA, TO SEE WHAT KIND OF TRIBUTES HAVE BEEN COMING IN I WANT TO SHOW A TWEET FROM SHAQUILLE O'NEAL WHO CO-WEIGHT IN A SHORT TIME AGO

ABOUT POSTING YOU CAN SEE, THERE'S NO WORDS TO EXPRESS THE PAIN IM GOING THROUGH WITH THIS TRAGEDY OF LOOSING MY NEICE GIGI & MY BROTHER @KOBEBRYANT I LOVE U AND U WILL BE MISSED MY CONDOLENCES GOES OUT TO THE BRYANT FAMILY AND THE FAMILIES OF THE OTHER PASSENGERS ON BOARD IM SICK RIGHT NOW AS SOMEONE WHO IS COVERED PROMINENT SPORTS FIGURES, THAT >> WE SEE MORE ACTIVITY

THERE IS NO SIGN OF THE NEWS CONFERENCE STARTING AS SOMEONE WHO IS COVERED PROMINENT SPORTS FIGURES, I WOULD IMAGINE THE IMPACT OF THE LOSS OF SOMEONE LIKE KOBE BRYANT I IS GOING TO BE UNIQUE, GIVEN THE LONGEVITY OF HIS CAREER WITH THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS THE FACT THAT HE STAYED IN THIS ONE COMMUNITY AND ACCOMPLISHED ALL THAT HE DID IN BASKETBALL EMAINING WITH THE TEAM

AS WE KNOW, LOYALTY OFTEN TIMES, IS SOMETHING THE FANS ARE VERY TUNED INTO WHEN THERE IS A PERCEIVED DISLOYALTY, FANS DO NOT TAKE TO IT KINDLY CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THAT A LITTLE BIT? YOU HAVE FIGURE HERE, WHO UNDOUBTEDLY COULD HAVE GONE TO ANY NUMBER OF TEAMS, I WOULD IMAGINE HE STAYED WITH THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS >> IT IS AN AMAZING POINT

I AM A FAN WE ARE IRRATIONAL WHEN IT COMES TO THESE HUMAN BEINGS THEY HAVE CAREERS AND FAMILIES THEY WANT TO LIVE IN DIFFERENT CITIES YOU CAN ASK LeBRON JAMES, WHAT IT IS LIKE WHEN HE CHANGES CITIES

IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN TRUE IT REALLY BECAME TRUE FOR KOBE BRYANT, WHERE IT BECAME COMMONPLACE FOR PLAYERS TO MOVE ON EMMETT TO OTHER PLACES KOBE BRYANT, AT THE END OF HIS CAREER, HAD HE GONE SOMEWHERE ELSE THE LAST FEW YEARS, OPERABLY THAT IT ABSOLUTELY COULD HAVE PLACED HIMSELF ON THE TEAM WE HAD A CHANCE TO WIN ANOTHER CHAMPIONSHIP HE WAS A WAS A LIQUOR HE WAS GOING TO BE A LAKER, THROUGH GOOD AND BAD

THERE IS A JUXTAPOSITION AND HIM AND SHAQUILLE O'NEAL SHAQUILLE O'NEAL WAS DRAFTED BY THE ORLANDO MAGIC HE BECAME A LAKER ONE OF THE IRONIES IN APPLICATIONS OF KOBE BRYANT IS, HE AND SHAQUILLE O'NEAL WERE UNABLE TO GET ALONG SHOCK LEFT AND WENT TO OTHER TEAMS

INCLUDING THE HEAT KOBE BRYANT ONE 2 WITHOUT HIM IN THE END, THERE WAS RESPECT AND LOVE THAT BROUGHT THEM BACK AND CREATED A FRIENDSHIP POST PLAYING CAREER ALL OF THOSE THINGS ARE WRAPPED UP IN WHY KOBE BRYANT IS BLOCKED HERE HE WAS ALWAYS GOING TO BE A LAKER

HE WAS NEVER GOING TO GO ANYWHERE ELSE THE CLOSEST IT CAME WAS WHEN HE WAS FRUSTRATED MIDWAY, STARTING TO BE A CLIPPER THE STORY IS DR JERRY BUSS BROUGHT HIM TO HIS HOME AND SAID, YOU WILL BE A LAKER FOR LIFE WE ARE COMMITTED TO THAT

I REMEMBER TALKING TO JERRY BUSS, THE CONTROLLING OWNER OF THE LAKERS AND HE SAID, FOR THE LAKERS FAMILY, KOBE BRYANT WAS ALWAYS GOING TO BE A PART OF THE FAMILY NOT JUST A PART OF THE ORGANIZATION THAT IS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT DEFINED THE LAKERS THEY ARE A FAMILY RUN BUSINESS WHAT HAS BECOME A MULTI-BILLION- DOLLAR CORPORATELY RUN ENTERPRISE

THAT IS HARD TO HOLD ONTO TO HAVE A FAMILY RUN BUSINESS WITH AN NBA TEAM YOU HAVE TO HAVE NBA PLAYERS WHO WANT TO REGARD THEMSELVES AS FAMILY AS MUCH AS EMPLOYEES KOBE BRYANT DID THAT

THAT WILL ALWAYS BE PART OF THE REASON THAT HIS CONNECTION WITH THE CITY WILL BE LASTING AND WILL BE REAL NO JUDGMENT ON LeBRON JAMES OR THE CONTEMPORARIES KOBE BRYANT WAS ALWAYS GOOD TO BE A LAKER AND ALWAYS WILL BE IT IS RARE AND IN LOS ANGELES, IT IS SPECIAL >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR SHARING INSIGHTS AND REFLECTIONS WITH US

THE >>> WE WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE NEWS CONFERENCE EXPECTED TO HAPPEN WITHIN THE HOUR PERHAPS, THE BOTTOM OF THE HOUR RIGHT NOW, LET'S TAKE YOU BACK TO CBSN LOS ANGELES FOR THEIR CONTINUING COVERAGE >>> WE JUST GOT THE NEWS LIKE I SAID, I WAS GETTING DRESSED

SOMEBODY TOLD ME AND I STOPPED WHAT I WAS DOING I WAITED A MINUTE AND I ASKED THEM TO RECONFIRM IT >> I THINK ALL OF US DID >> I DID NOT BELIEVE IT I DIDN'T WANT TO BELIEVE IT

EVERY TIME WE CAME ACROSS EACH OTHER, I LET HIM KNOW I WAS A FAN HE WAS ALWAYS CLASSY HE WAS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF THE MANY DIFFERENT LEVELS >> SINCE THE BEGINNING OF KOBE BRYANT CAREER, AS A FAN AND A MOTHER MYSELF, MY HEART GOES OUT TO HIS WIFE THAT IS THE SAME WORD WE KEEP HEARING ON THE CARPET

WILL CONTINUE TO GET REACTION, AS THE GRAMMYS CONTINUE WE LIVE IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES >> IS HARD TO CELEBRATE UNDER CIRCUMSTANCES LIKE THIS A DARK CLOUD IS CAST OVER THE EVENT AT STAPLES CENTER WHERE HE SAYS MUCH OF HIS CAREER

>> TWO OF HIS JERSEYS HANG IN THE RAFTERS OF STAPLES CENTER HE HAD A BIG IMPACT ON THE MUSIC INDUSTRY AS WELL HE TRANSCENDED SPORTS AND A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE REACTING TO THAT FROM THE RED CARPET FROM CALABASAS TO HIS HOME >> WE WANT TO LET YOU KNOW WE HAVE REPORTERS FANNING OUT ALL OVER THE AREA

WILL CONTINUE TO COVER BREAKING NEWS SUCH A TREMENDOUS LOSS FOR LOS ANGELES ACTION HAS BEEN POURING IN JUST INTO THE NEWSROOM, WE ARE GETTING A STATEMENT FROM NBA COMMISSIONER, ADAM SILVER, ACCORDING THE DEATH OF KOBE BRYANT WE WILL READ SOME OF IT TO YOU

IT SAYS, THE NBA FAMILY IS DEVASTATED BY THE TRAGIC PASSING OF KOBE BRYANT AND HIS DAUGHTER, GEMMA FOR 20 SEASONS, KOBE BRYANT SHOWED US WHAT IS POSSIBLE WHEN REMARKABLE TALENT WAS WITH THE DEVOTION TO WINNING HE WAS ONE OF THE MOST EXTERNAL PLAYERS IN THE HISTORY OF THE GAME WITH THE CONGRESSMAN'S THAT ARE LEGENDARY FIVE NBA CHAMPIONSHIP'S, MVP AWARD, 18 NBA ALL-STAR SELECTIONS AND TO A BIG OLD METALS >> YOU WILL BE MOST REMEMBERED, TALKING ABOUT KOBE BRYANT, FOR INSPIRING PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD TO PICK UP A BASKETBALL AND COMPETE TO THE VERY BEST OF THEIR ABILITY

HE WAS GENEROUS WITH THE WISDOM HE ACQUIRED HE SAW AS HIS MISSION TO SHARE WITH FUTURE GENERATIONS OF PLAYERS TAKEN SPECIAL LOVE OF THE GAME AND PASSING ATTACK TO GIANNA >> WITH AN CONDOLENCES TO HIS WIFE IT IS A, AND THE FAMILY THE LAKERS ORGANIZATION AND THE ENTIRE SPORTS WORLD

THE STATEMENT IS FROM NBA COMMISSIONER, ADAM SILVER I BELIEVE IT WILL BE ONE OF MANY STATEMENTS THAT WE SEE THIS EVENING I IMAGINE THE LAKERS THEMSELVES WILL BE PUTTING SOMETHING OUT WE MAY HEAR FROM JERRY BUSS AND THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP >> YOU ARE TAKING PICTURES FROM THE SCENE THIS MORNING IN CALABASAS

AROUND 9:45 KOBE BRYANT, DEAD AT THE AGE OF 41 HIS DAUGHTER, GIANNA, AS WELL ONE OF THE VICTIM'S ABOUT 9:45 THIS MONEY WE EXPECT LOS ANGELES COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT PRESS CONFERENCE AT 2:00 WE WILL TAKE IT LIVE WHEN IT OCCURS

WE UNDERSTAND THEY WILL BRIEF US FROM THE SCENE, RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WE DO KNOW NTSB IS SENDING A GO TEAM A SPECIAL TEAM TO INVESTIGATE THE CRASH THERE SET TO ARRIVE IN LOS ANGELES THIS EVENING WE HAVE NEW INFORMATION THAT THE FLIGHT WITH KOBE BRYANT AND HIS DAUGHTER, ORIGINATED FROM LONG BEACH THIS MORNING

>> YOU TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE AREA WHERE THE CRASH HAPPENED AN AREA YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH IT IS A HILLY AREA WE TALKED WITH AN EYEWITNESS EARLIER WHO HEARD AND SAW THE CRASH WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HOW THERE ARE SOMETIMES LOW-FLYING HELICOPTERS IN THE AREA

YOU AND I HAVE BOTH COVERED WILDFIRES THAT HAVE HAPPENED HERE IN THE GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA RESIDENTS ARE USED TO, IN SOME WAY, SEEING LOW-FLYING HELICOPTERS WHAT IS EXCEPTIONAL TODAY, IS THE FOG WE IS SEEN THROUGHOUT THE EVENING ALL OVER LOS ANGELES AREA IT IS VERY DENSE FOG

THE INVESTIGATION INTO HOW THE CRASH HAPPENED IS GOING TO TAKE SOME TIME EXPANDS TELLS US IT COULD TAKE UP TO A YEAR BEFORE WE FIND COMPLETE CONCLUSIONS AS TO WHAT HAPPENED CERTAINLY, VISIBILITY COULD HAVE BEEN VERY BAD TODAY >> THESE ARE LARGE HELICOPTERS THIS ONE COULD HOLD 12 PEOPLE WITH FIVE ON BOARD

THE LARGE HELICOPTERS DO YOU HAVE THE BOXES, WHICH HAVE BEEN RECOVERED IT COULD GIVE THEM INFORMATION WE HAVE BREAKING NEWS FROM THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE VICTIM ON BOARD WAS AN ORANGE COUNTY COACH BY THE NAME OF JONATHAN HE WAS ON BOARD WITH KOBE BRYANT AND HIS DAUGHTER, GIANNA

THAT IS THE LATEST INFORMATION WE HAVE ON THE TRAGEDY IT HAPPENED AT 9:45 IN BASIS IT WAS A SIKORSKY HELICOPTER IT APPEARS THAT ALL FIVE PERISHED AND INCLUDED KOBE BRYANT AND HIS DAUGHTER GIANNA AND A COACH FROM ORANGE COUNTY HE WAS A COACH AT ORANGE COAST COLLEGE

HE MAY HAVE BEEN THE HEAD COACH OF THE BASEBALL TEAM HE SAID IS THE LONGEST TENURED BASEBALL COACH IN THEIR HISTORY THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER IS REPORTING THE MAN WAS THE HEAD COACH OF BASEBALL PERHAPS YOU ARE WONDERING WHY WE ARE NOT HEARING MORE ABOUT THE OTHER VICTIMS IN THE CRASH THE ANSWER TO THAT IS SIMPLY WE ARE JUST NOW GETTING THIS INFORMATION

WE ONLY KNEW WITH CERTAINTY THAT KOBE BRYANT HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE FIVE PEOPLE WHO PERISHED IN THE CRASH NOW THIS BREAKING NEWS THERE IS A WHOLE OTHER FAMILY LIVING THROUGH THIS NIGHTMARE THIS IS JUST AS SAD AND AWFUL IT IS REALLY HARD

IS A JOURNALIST AND FATHER YOU FEEL THE SAME WAY ANY STORY THAT WE COVER, HEARING ABOUT A CHILD LOSING THE LIFE, LOSING A CHILD, IT HIT YOU IN SUCH A PERSONAL AND UPSETTING WAY AND TO HEAR ABOUT THE LOSS OF THE COACH, AND A FAMILY AS WELL AND A HEARING A LOSS OF A 13- YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER FOR SO MANY PEOPLE, IT PUTS THIS IN A DOCKER AND UPSETTING WAY

IT IS NOT NATURAL FOR A PARENT TO LOSE THEIR CHILD OUR THOUGHTS WITH OUR WITH THE FAMILIES AFFECTED BY THE TRAGEDY >> A LOT OF PEOPLE WHEN HE FIRST HEARD THIS NEWS, THEY THOUGHT IT MAY BE THE SITUATION WITH HIS DAUGHTER THEY SPEND A LOT OF TIME TOGETHER THAT IS WHAT HE DID

HE SUPPORTED HIS DAUGHTER IN ATHLETIC ENDEAVORS THEY PLAYED SOCCER AND BASKETBALL WE HAVE NOT CONFIRMED THIS, BUT WE HAD REPORTS THAT THEY WERE HEADED FROM A BEACH IN INTO A FACILITY A SPORTS VENUE PRACTICE FACILITY IN THOUSAND OAKS THAT WOULD MAKE SENSE WITH THE COACH, WHO MAYBE A TEAMMATE OF HIS DAUGHTER, GIANNA

WE HAVE CONTINUING COVERAGE OF KOBE BRYANT'S DEATH >> WE HAVE OUR REPORTERS FANNED OUT ALL OVER THE AREA WE ARE BRINGING YOU EVERY ANGLE OF THE DEVELOPING STORY ONE OF OUR REPORTERS IS JUST NOW AT STAPLES CENTER, WHERE THERE IS A MEMORIAL GROWING A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE GATHERED

THE GRAMMYS ARE GOING ON AS WELL WE WANT TO CHECK IN WITH LESLIE WHAT ARE YOU SEEN OUT THERE AT THE STAPLES CENTER? I CAN TELL YOU IT IS THE GRAMMYS WHICH MEANS AT STAPLES CENTER, THIS PLACE WILL BE PACKED THEY NORMALLY SHUT DOWN ALL OF THE STREETS SURROUNDING STAPLES CENTER TO BEGIN WITH

THAT IS WHY POLICE HAVE BLOCKED THE ENTRYWAY RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE STADIUM PAST THAT, YOU CAN SEE IN THE ALLEY LIVE AREA, ALL OF THE SCREENS HAVE IN LOVING MEMORY OF KOBE BRYANT THEY HAVE HIS PHOTO EVERYWHERE AND THE ALLEY LIVE AREA WE CANNOT GET A GOOD LOOK AT STAPLES CENTER

RIGHT IN FRONT OF THOSE SIGNS, THERE ARE TONS OF PEOPLE I'M SEEING A TON OF LAKER JERSEYS ALL YOU CAN SEE OUR LAKERS JERSEYS KOBE BRYANT JERSEYS WE HAVE EVANS FROM RIVERSIDE

I SEE YOU HAVE FLOWERS AND KOBE BRYANT'S JERSEY WHY DID YOU FEEL SO COMPELLED TO COME DOWN TO STAPLES CENTER? >> I'M A HUGE KOBE BRYANT FAN AND I HEARD THE NEWS THIS MORNING IT SHOOK ME TO THE POINT WHERE I KNEW I HAD TO COME TO STAPLES CENTER I KNEW OTHER KOBE BRYANT FANS WOULD DO THE SAME

I WANTED TO SHOW MY RESPECT TO A GUY THAT IS MY HERO MY WHOLE LIFE >> YOU SAID THE LAST TIME YOU WATCH KOBE BRYANT PLAY WAS WHEN THEY PLAYED AGAINST THE CLIPPERS >> HIS LAST GAME AGAINST THE CLIPPERS THEY WERE DOWN BY 30 THE LAST SEVEN MINUTES OF THE GAME EVERYONE KNEW HE WAS HURTING

HE HAD ICE PACKS ALL OVER THE CROWD STARTED TO CHANT HIS NAME HE DID A COUPLE OF PUSH-UPS IT IS ICE PACKS OFF HE WALKED RIGHT PAST BYRON SCOTT AND WENT TO THE GAME THAT IS HIS MENTALITY

>> WE TALKED ABOUT THAT EARLIER AS KOBE BRYANT THAT IS WHAT HE REPRESENTED WHY DO YOU THINK, WHAT IMPACT HAS COBY HAD ON THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES

THE ENTIRE COUNTRY >> KOBE BRYANT, WE SHOWED THAT YOU COULD BE BETTER EVERY DAY HE NEVER TOOK ANYTHING FOR GRANTED HE LIVED 100 LIFETIMES AND THE SHORT LIFE THAT WAS CUT TOO SHORT I THINK HE TELLS PEOPLE IN A RESONATES WITH PEOPLE THAT YOU CAN BE BETTER

HARD WORK AND DEDICATION AND IT WILL TAKE A LOT OF PLACES, TO THE TOP >> HE MEANT A LOT TO THE LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TALKING TO US

WE DO WANT TO TEST THE BACK TO OUR ANCHORS WE BELIEVE THERE IS A PRESS CONFERENCE THAT IS ABOUT TO BEGIN >> AND LOTS OF FANS ARE GATHERING THEY DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE STAPLES CENTER ITSELF THE LAPD WITH TWEETING OUT A COUPLE OF MINUTES AGO THAT THE AREA IS CLOSED OFF

BECAUSE OF WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE GRAMMYS TONIGHT WHICH IS OBVIOUSLY GOING TO BE UNDER A DARK CLOUD WITH THE LOSS OF KOBE BRYANT TERRIBLE NEWS TO RECEIVE THE FOR WHAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE A CELEBRATORY EVENING IN LOS ANGELES >> A LARGE MEMORIAL IS GOING AT THE STAPLES CENTER WHERE THE LAKERS IS HOME

AND AT THE CRASH SITE AND CALABASAS, AS WE CONTINUE TO COVER THE DEVASTATING NEWS OF KOBE BRYANT FROM THE HELICOPTER CRASHED THIS MORNING AS WE CONTINUE TO COVER CHAIR, WE WILL BE STANDING BY THIS IS THE LA COUNTY SHERIFF

>>> WE ARE TAKING A NOW TO CALABASAS, CALIFORNIA LOCAL AUTHORITIES ARE GIVING AN UPDATE ON TODAY'S DEADLY HELICOPTER CRASH THAT KILLED KOBE BRYANT AND SEVERAL OTHERS LET'S LISTEN IN >>> LET'S GO LIVE >> GOOD AFTERNOON

MY NAME IS EARL, FIRE CHIEF OF THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR COMING HERE TO THE BRIEFING OF THE WILLOW INCIDENT TODAY, SHORTLY BEFORE 10:00 AT 9:40 7 AM, THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT RECEIVED A 911 CALL OF A POTENTIAL HELICOPTER DOWN AND A BRUSH FIRE AT THE INTERSECTION OF LOS FRESNOS ROAD AND WILLOW GLEN STREET IN THE CITY OF CALABASAS AND UNINCORPORATED LOS ANGELES COUNTY UPON ARRIVAL, WE DISCOVERED A QUARTER ACRE BRUSHFIRE, THE RESULTED FROM A CRASH ON THE HILLSIDE THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT INITIAL RESPONSE WAS 15 PIECES OF APPARATUS AND 56 PERSONNEL THAT CONSISTED OF PARAMEDICS, FIRE COMPANY, HEAVY RESCUE, CHUCK COMPANY, HAND CREWS AND AIRCRAFT AND CHIEF OFFICER TO OVERSEE THE INCIDENT

UPON ARRIVAL, DURING THE INCIDENT, AND UPON ARRIVAL OF THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, THE RESPECTIVE DEPARTMENTS ENTERED INTO UNIFIED COMMAND TO HANDLE THE INCIDENT OUR FIREFIGHTERS ON SCENE INDICATED THAT THERE WAS A DEBRIS FIELD AND STEEP TERRAIN WITH A QUARTER ACRE RUSH FIRE AT THE TIME OR FIREFIGHTERS HIKES IN TO THE ACCIDENT SITE WITH MEDICAL EQUIPMENT AND HOSE LINES TO EXTINGUISH THE STUBBORN FIRE AS IT INCLUDED THE BRUSHFIRE, DEBRIS FROM THE HELICOPTER AND THE FIRE ALSO INCLUDED MAGNESIUM, WHICH IS HARD TO EXTINGUISH BECAUSE MAGNESIUM REACTS WITH OXYGEN AND WATER

IN ADDITION TO FIREFIGHTERS HIKING INTO THE INCIDENT, WE HAD ONE HELICOPTER FLYING TO THE INCIDENT WITH FIREFIGHTER PARAMEDICS ON BOARD THE PARAMEDICS WERE PLACED AT THE INCIDENT EARLY INTO THE INCIDENT THEY DID A SEARCH OF THE AREA FOR SURVIVORS UNFORTUNATELY, ALL SURVIVORS ON BOARD WERE DETERMINED TO BE PERISHED FIREFIGHTERS AND HAND CREWS WERE TEXTING WAS THE FIRE WHILE CAREFULLY PRESERVING THE INCIDENT FOR INVESTIGATION

CURRENTLY, THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING I WOULD LIKE TO TURN THIS OVER TO MY SHERIFF, TO CONTINUE THE PRESS BRIEFING >> SHERIFF RESPONDED TO THE SCENE OF THE CRASH SITE AND ASSISTED THE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND WE HAVE ESTABLISHED A CONTAINMENT AREA AND NOW OUR AIR BUREAU HAS A HANDLE ON AIRCRAFT ACCIDENTS WHEN THERE IS A FATALITY

AND HAS BEEN SWITCHED TO THAT NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD AND FEDERAL AVIATION INDUSTRY, FAA THE FAA IS ON SCENE AND ASSISTING WE ARE AWAITING THE ARRIVAL OF THE CORONER'S OFFICE TO ASSIST IN THE RECOVERY OF REMAINS AS THE CHIEF INDICATED, THERE WERE NO SURVIVORS WE HAVE A MANIFEST THAT INDICATES MY PEOPLE ON BOARD THE AIRCRAFT

THE PILOT THERE IS WIDE SPECULATION OF THE IDENTITIES HOWEVER, IT IS ENTIRELY INAPPROPRIATE TO IDENTIFY ANYONE BY NAME, UNTIL THE CORNER HAS MADE EDIFICATION THROUGH THE DELIBERATE PROCESS AND HAVE MADE NOTIFICATION TO NEXT OF KIN IT WOULD BE ACTUALLY DISRESPECTFUL TO UNDERSTAND YOUR LOVED ONE HAS PERISHED AND YOU LEARN ABOUT IT FROM TMZ

IT IS WHOLLY INAPPROPRIATE WE WILL NOT GO THERE WE WILL WAIT UNTIL THE CORNER DOES THE JOB AND WE ARE ASSISTING THE FAMILIES OF THOSE WHO BELIEVE THEY WERE IMPACTED IT IS A TOUGH PROCESS

OUR HOPE GOES OUT TO ALL OF THE FAMILIES AND OF EVERYONE ON BOARD THE AIRCRAFT GOD BLESS THEIR SOULS THAT AT THIS POINT IN TIME WE HAVE NOTHING TO ADD UNTIL THE CORNER DOES THE JOB AND WE WILL BE MAKING THOSE NOTIFICATIONS, WILL MAY HAVE THE INFORMATION WHEN OF THE NEXT OF KIN HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED AND THAT WE WILL RELEASE INFORMATION PUBLICLY

YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED IN A SUBSEQUENT ANNOUNCEMENT >> Reporter: DO WE HAVE CONFIRMATION OF NINE BODIES AT THE SCENE? >> THAT IS OUR BELIEF, YES >> Reporter: WE REALIZE AT THIS POINT, THERE ARE SO MANY QUESTIONS >> THERE IS A LOT OF INFORMATION OUT THERE WE UNDERSTAND THERE IS INFORMATION FLOATING

WE CERTAINLY HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY AND OBLIGATION AND RESPECT FOR THE FAMILIES THIS WAS A VERY DIFFICULT TIME FOR US ALL, AND THE MAYOR OF CALABASAS IS HERE WE THANK THEM FOR BEING HERE WE WANT TO PASS ON THE MESSAGE, FOR THOSE IN THE COMMUNITY, TO GATHER HERE, YOU ARE WELCOME TO JOIN OTHERS AT THE PARK IN CALABASAS AT LOST HILLS UNLESS VIRTUOUS ROAD

WE WILL SEND OUT UPDATES IF THERE WILL BE A PRESS ADVISORY IF THERE IS ANOTHER PRESS CONFERENCE OR UPDATES THROUGH TWITTER PLEASE LOOK FOR THAT WE THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TODAY THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME

TOOK SHERIFF? ARE YOU SEALING OFF THE AREA? WHEN THE NTSB HAS TO BE THERE IS A PUBLIC ABLE TO GET NEARBY? WILL A STRETCH OF THE ROAD BE SHUT DOWN? >> IT REMAINS SHUT DOWN >> Reporter: IS HEAVY FOG A FACTOR? >>> YOU HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT CHIEF AND THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF, GIVING A BIT MORE INFORMATION ON WHAT HAPPENED EARLIER TODAY A BIT OF NEW INFORMATION THAT WE HAD NOT HEARD ACCORDING TO THE SHERIFF THEY HEARD MOMENTS AGO, SAYING THAT NINE PEOPLE, THEY BELIEVE, WERE ON BOARD THE HELICOPTER

THE SHERIFF SAYING NINE PEOPLE WERE ON BOARD ALSO, EMPHASIZING THAT THEY ARE NOT IDENTIFYING ANY ONE PERSON BY NAME, PENDING NOTIFICATION OF CAN WE WERE TOLD BY THE FIRE CHIEF, THAT THE CALL CAME IN AT 9:47 LOCAL TIME, OF A POTENTIAL HELICOPTER DOWN AND BRUSHFIRE IN CALABASAS THEY SENT 56 PERSONNEL, INCLUDING PARAMEDICS SOME OF WHOM WERE FLOWN TO THE SCENE BY HELICOPTER AND THEN LOWERED TO THE AREA TO DO A SEARCH FOR SURVIVORS

HOWEVER, EVERYONE ON BOARD PERISHED THE FAA, THE SHERIFF SAYS, IS ON SCENE THEY ARE AWAITING THE ARRIVAL OF THE NTSB INVESTIGATORS, AS WELL AS THE CORNER — BUT THAT IS THE LATEST WE HAVE HEARD WITH RESPECT TO WHAT HAPPENED IN THE HELICOPTER CRASHED

EARLIER TODAY AND CALABASAS COMPERDA RIGHT NOW, WE WANT TO PLAY A BIT OF THE REPORT FROM KCBS DIRECTOR JIM HILL, WHO HAD BEEN DIPPING INTO CBSN LOS ANGELES COVERAGE HE WAS SPEAKING ABOUT THE DEATH OF KOBE BRYANT LET'S LISTEN TO SOME OF THAT >> THIS IS MORE THAN SAD

IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN WHEN YOU HAVE SOMEONE, WHO IS, I SAY IS, BECAUSE HE LIVES IN ALL OF US WHO IS SO YOUNG AND GIFTED AS A WONDERFUL WE ALL KNOW HE IS A GREAT BASKETBALL PLAYER

HE WAS A BETTER FATHER, HUSBAND AND FAMILY MAN HE DID SO MUCH IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW ABOUT WHEN YOU ABOUT SOME OF THE THINGS THAT HE DID BUT THERE ARE STORIES THAT I KNOW OF, WHERE HE HAS HELPED PERSONALLY TO HAVE YOUNG KIDS GO TO SCHOOL

HE GIVE THE MONEY TO GO TO SCHOOL I'M NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT JUNIOR HIGH AND HIGH SCHOOL I'M TALKING ABOUT COLLEGE AND THINGS LIKE THAT HE MADE THE ADJUSTMENT TO RETIREMENT

BETTER THAN ANYONE I HAVE EVER MET YOU ALWAYS HEAR ABOUT ATHLETES, WHO WHEN THEY RETIRE, THEY DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO THEY GET LOST THEY GET SICK THE MONEY IS STOLEN

THEY GET INTO ALL KINDS OF TROUBLE AND THINGS LIKE THAT NOT HIM HE WAS PREPARING HIS ENTIRE ATHLETIC LIFE FOR WHEN HE WAS GOING TO RETIRE AND WHEN HE RETIRED, HE KNEW EXACTLY WHAT HE WAS GOING TO DO THERE IS NO GISSINGER ANYTHING ABOUT IT

ONE OF THE THINGS, HE BECAME AN AUTHOR ONE OF THE BOOKS IS LEGACY AND THE QUEEN I WENT OUT AND DID AN INTERVIEW WITH HIM WHERE HE TALKED ABOUT THAT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT STUCK OUT IN MY MIND AND I OPENED IT UP, AND HE SAID TO HIS DAUGHTERS, MY FORD BEAUTIFUL STEARATE SPIRITED, STRONG DOCTORS WHEN YOU FIERCELY PROTECT YOUR PASSION NO ONE CAN STILL YOUR DREAMS

KOBE BRYANT >> IS ABOUT HIM IN A NUTSHELL HE IS SO MUCH THAT HE PLANNED AHEAD SO MANY PLAYERS GO AND HIT THE GOLF COURSE AND RETIRE HE HAD A PLAN NOT ONLY FOR IS 18, TO PLAY IN THE NBA

BUT UP PLAN FOR AFTER THE MBA HE SUCCEEDED AT BOTH >> THE OTHER THING IS, WE ALL HAVE OUR UPS AND DOWNS SHOWING TAPE OF WHEN I SAW HIM AT LASC IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN, IT IS THE LAST TIME THAT I DID AN INTERVIEW WITH HIM

IT MAY HAVE BEEN THE LAST TIME ANYONE DID AN INTERVIEW WITH HIM I ASKED HIM ABOUT THE HALL OF FAME AND TYPICAL KOBE BRYANT FASHION, IT IS OKAY I WILL WORRY ABOUT THAT WHEN IT IS TIME HE ALWAYS DEFLECTED PERSONAL, INDIVIDUAL GAME AND NOTORIETY

HE ALWAYS PUT IT OFF TO THE SIDE HE KNEW IT WAS WHAT IT WAS ALL ABOUT IT WAS ALL ABOUT GIVING BACK AND HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE YOU TALK ABOUT GIVING BACK, WE JUST CELEBRATED MY LUTHER KING JR'S BIRTHDAY

I WAS THINKING, THAT WAS A STATEMENT THAT DR MY LUTHER KING SAID MAYBE IT APPLIES TO KOBE BRYANT TODAY THAT IS, GIVING BACK TO YOUR FELLOW MY OWN KIND IS ONE OF THE MOST NOBLE THINGS THAT ANYONE CAN DO TO BE MORE NOBLE THAN HELPING OUR YOUNG PEOPLE? AND TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY DO NOT MAKE THE MISTAKES THAT WE HAVE MADE

THAT IS WHAT KOBE BRYANT DOES THAT IS WHAT HE DID THAT IS WHAT LeBRON JAMES DOES THAT IS WHAT MAGIC DOES WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT BEING AT THE FOREFRONT OF ALL THOSE THINGS, KOBE BRYANT

I REMEMBER THE NIGHT OF HIS RETIREMENT AT STAPLES CENTER >> WHEN HE CAME BACK OUT WITH A TOWEL WRAPPED AROUND HIS SHOULDERS, THE LAST THING HE SAID WAS, I AM OUT >> HE WAS READY FOR HIS NEXT CHOPPER CHAPTER >> WE WANTED TO GET BACK OUT TO CBSN LOS ANGELES FOR THEIR CONTINUING COVERAGE

THERE SPEAKING TO ANOTHER NBA LEGEND, MAGIC JOHNSON >> PEOPLE ARE GOING TO MISS HIS SMILE AND JUST MISS HIM BECAUSE KOBE BRYANT HAD AN AURA ABOUT HIM I THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO LIVE FOREVER

I THOUGHT HE WAS INVINCIBLE HE PLAYED LIKE THAT HE WALKED LIKE THAT HE WAS A CONFIDENT YOUNG MAN WHEN JERRY WEST DRAFTED HIM, I REMEMBER HIM WHEN HE WENT ONE- ON-ONE AGAINST KOBE BRYANT

I'M SORRY, AGAINST MICHAEL COOPER THE KOBE BRYANT WAS THE NEXT GREATEST PLAYER TO PLAY IN THE LEAGUE HE WAS 17 YEARS OLD I WAS LIKE, WHAT? ARE YOU SURE? BOY, WAS HE RIGHT HE WAS SPOT ON

WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER WHAT KOBE BRYANT DID ON THE COURT WE WILL REMEMBER WHAT HE DID OFF THE COURT AND FOR THE CITY I DO NOT THINK RIGHT NOW THAT WE CAN PUT IT INTO WORDS WHAT HE MEANT FOR LOS ANGELES I WILL MISS HIM WE USED TO TALK ABOUT BEING A FATHER AND A HUSBAND

THINGS THAT WERE SPECIAL TO THE TWO OF US I WILL MISS THE CONVERSATIONS THAT WE HAD I WILL MISS HIM AND THE IMPACT HE MADE ON THE CITY >> YOU TALKED ABOUT THE FAMILY HE WAS A TRUE FAMILY MAN

HE LOVED THE IDEA THAT EVERYONE IN THE FAMILY WERE RELATED MAN, I LIVE IN A HOUSE OF WOMEN >> I KNOW WE OFTEN TALKED ABOUT THAT I HAD THE HONOR OF BLESSING HIM

WHEN THEY PUT BOTH OF HIS NUMBERS UP NUMBER 8 AND 24 KOBE BRYANT IS UNIQUE IN SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS WHEN YOU PUT ON THAT UNIFORM, THE LAKER UNIFORM, THERE WAS NOBODY WHO TOOK MORE PRIDE IN BEING A LAKER THAN KOBE IT WAS AMAZING

THE CITY NEEDS HEROES WE NEED OUR HEROES TO BE HERE THIS IS NOT A GOOD DAY FOR THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES BECAUSE WE NEED KOBE TO BE AROUND AND OUR KIDS, WHO IDOLIZED HIM

AND THE FAN BASE WHO IDOLIZED HIM THERE WAS MORE FOR HIM TO DO HE DIED WAY TOO EARLY AND HE IS LEFT QUITE A LEGACY BUT HE WAS STILL BUILDING ON THAT

THIS IS A SAD DAY FOR ALL OF US >> I KNOW IN HIS POST CAREER, HE WAS READY TO RETIRE WHEN HE SAID MOM BUT OUT, HE WAS PREPARED HE, LIKE YOU, HAD PREPARED FOR THE POST CAREER WHILE THEY WERE STILL PLAYING

>> HE WAS A DECISIVE YOUNG MAN HE LEFT IT ALL ON THE COURT WE WERE ALL IN THERE WHEN HE SCORED THE 60 POINTS THE LAST GAME WHO GOES OUT THAT WAY? ONLY KOBE COULD GO AND DOMINATE THAT LAST GAME TO SAY GOODBYE TO ALL THE FANS

HE WAS SPECIAL GOD CREATED THE SPECIAL BASKETBALL PLAYER AND THE SPECIAL MAN WE WILL MISS HIM AND WE WILL REMEMBER HIM FOR HIS GREATEST THINKS WAS A MEMBER HOW HE AFFECTED THE WORLD

HE IMPACTED THE WORLD AND VERY FEW ATHLETES GET TO IMPACT THE WORLD LIKE KOBE BRYANT DID AND OUR CITY THAT IS THE MAIN THING HE TOUCHED OUR CITY

JUST LAST NIGHT, EVEN WITH LeBRON PASSING HIM, WE WERE CELEBRATING KOBE WE CELEBRATED LEBRON'S GREATNESS WE WERE CELEBRATING KOBE'S GREATNESS AS WELL AND TODAY, THAT THE SAY GOODBYE TO A HERO TO A LEGEND TO AN ICON AND THE GUY WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE AND REMEMBER IN OUR HEARTS

>> I WAS TALKING TO JERRY WEST A COUPLE OF MOMENTS AGO THIS WAS A PLAYOFF GAME IN UTAH AND THE LAKERS WERE PLAYING BAD IN BE AT HALFTIME STOOD UP AND TOLD EVERYBODY, IF YOU ARE AFRAID OF WINNING, GET OUT OF MY WAY

I WILL WIN MYSELF >> YOU KNOW KOBE'S MINDSET THIS GUY, HE WANTED TO WIN AND HE WOULD DO ANYTHING IT TOOK TO WIN HE WAS A GREAT DEFENDER BESIDES ONE OF THE GREATEST SCORES WE HAVE EVER SEEN IN THE HISTORY OF BASKETBALL

HE WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST DEFENDERS ALSO IF YOU NEEDED A REBOUND, HE WOULD GET THE REBOUND IF YOU NEEDED THE STEEL, HE WOULD GET THE STEEL WHAT I LOVED ABOUT HIM WAS THE PRESSURE MOMENTS IN HIM GIVE ME THE BALL

EVERYBODY CALM DOWN I WILL LEAD US TO VICTORY MOST OF THE TIME, HE DID JUST THAT SO CALM OF THE CONFIDENCE THAT HE LIVED WITH EVERY DAY

AND EVERYTHING THEY WAS DOING IN HIS LIFE THE MAN WAS CONFIDENT THE THING THAT I LOVE, HE SHARED HIS TALENTS WITH OTHER YOUNG PLAYERS HE WOULD WORK OUT FIVE OR 10 NBA PLAYERS EVERY SUMMER HE WOULD WORK OUT WNBA PLAYERS

THE YOUNG LADIES ANYONE THAT CALLED HIM, HE WOULD WORK THEM OUT AND GIVE THEM ADVICE AND THAT SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT THE MAN >> HE, LIKE YOU WAS TOTALLY PREPARED WHEN HE RETIRED

YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS AT ALL WE SET MAMBA OUT, HE MEANT IT SOME PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW THIS, HE WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST BUSINESSMEN THAT IS WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT WE WOULD SAY, WE WERE PREPARED TO LEAVE THE GAME

AND WE KNEW WE WANTED TO GET INTO BUSINESS AND HE MADE SOME OF THE INCREDIBLE INVESTMENTS HE KNEW WHAT HE WANTED TO DO THAT WAS PRODUCE MOVIES OR DOCUMENTARIES HE WON AN ACADEMY AWARD FOR DOING THAT

AND HE HAD SO MUCH TO GIVE IS A MUCH MORE TO DO I AM NOT SUPPOSED TO BE DOING THIS HE IS SUPPOSED TO BE TALKING HE IS WAY TOO YOUNG

I WAS SUPPOSED TO PASS AWAY HE WAS TO TALK ABOUT ME THIS IS A SAD DAY >> WE ALSO KNOW HE WAS A PRACTICAL JOKER FOR AS SERIOUS AS HE WAS, HE HAD HIS LIGHTER MOMENTS WHEN HE WANTED TO HAVE FUN AND POKE FUN AT EVERYONE

>> HE WAS A GREAT TEAMMATE HE WAS A GREAT TEAMMATE HE WOULD PLAY JOKES ON PEOPLE HE WOULD MAKE SURE THAT EVERYBODY WAS OKAY HE ALSO UNDERSTOOD HOW HE COULD BRING EVERY TEAMMATE ALONG FOR THE RIDE

ONE THING ABOUT GREAT LEADERS AS THEY KNOW HOW TO MOTIVATE PEOPLE HOW TO GET THEM TO BE BETTER THAN THEY THINK THEY REALLY ARE AND KOBE WAS A MASTER AT THAT HE REALLY PUSHED HIMSELF ALLOWED HIM TO PUSH HIS TEAMMATES THE TEAM IS CANNOT COMPLAIN

IS A HOW HOWARD HE WAS WORKING AND HOW MUCH YOU WANTED TO WIN AND SO, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT KOBE BRYANT WANTED TO WIN AND HE KNEW WHAT BUTTONS TO PUSH WITH EVERY TEAMMATE

TO GET THEM TO PLAY AT THEIR BEST AND AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL LIKE YOU SAID, BECAUSE OF THE JOKES AND BECAUSE HE WAS A PENTACLE JOKER, THAT ALLOWED HIM TO ALSO GET ON GUYS AND FOR GUYS TO GET ON HIM AT THE SAME TIME THAT IS WHY WE WON FIVE TEMPERATURES OF KOBE BRYANT HE WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEART

WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY AND HIS WIFE AND HIS DAUGHTERS THAT HE LOVED SO MUCH AND REST IN PEACE FOR KOBE BRYANT AND HIS DAUGHTER, GIANNA IT IS A DEVASTATING DAY FOR THE BASKETBALL WORLD

AND FOR THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES FOR LAKER NATION AND FOR ALL OF US, WHO KNEW HIM SO WELL EFFORT THOSE WHO TRICKED HIM FOR 20 YEARS >> IT IS AMAZING, AFTER HE RETIRED HE WOULD GO TO THE STAPLES CENTER AND WITH THE OTHER PLAYERS STEP UP THEIR GAME A LITTLE BIT MORE, JUST FOR THE EVENING, TRY TO IMPRESS HIM

>> FOR SURE THE KING IS IN THE BUILDING WHEN YOU HAVE KOBE BRYANT IN THE BUILDING YOU WANT TO SHOW HIM THAT YOU HAD A GREAT BASKETBALL GAME AS WELL HE WANTED TO IMPRESS HIM

MOST OF THE GUYS WHO ARE PLAYING TODAY, IDOLIZE KOBE BRYANT GROWING UP PROBABLY EVERY PLAYER THAT IS PLAYING TODAY THEY WANTED TO BE LIKE KOBE BRYANT THAT IS WHY HE WAS SPECIAL EVEN THE LAST GAME I SAW HIM AT, I WAS NOT THERE

WHEN HE SAW THE CLIPS ON TV AND THE OVATION FROM THE CROWD I LeBRON JAMES GIVING HIM FIVE HE ALWAYS KNEW HIS DAUGHTER WOULD BE RIGHT NEXT TO HIM SOMEWHERE SITTING WITH HIM OR HIS FAMILY HIM MAKING SURE THAT THEY WERE NOT TOO FAR FROM HIM

>> HE LOVED LIFE HE LOVED DOING THINGS GETTING UP IN THE MORNING WITH A PASSION FOR HIM >> GETTING UP EARLY IN THE MORNING HE GOT HIS WORK OUT AT 3:00 OR 4:00 IN THE MORNING

HE WAS THAT GUY AND THAT ALSO, HE WOULD DRIVE HIS DOCTORS TO SCHOOL — DAUGHTERS TO SCHOOL HE WAS DRIVEN TO BE A GREAT BASKETBALL PLAYER HE WAS DRIVEN TO BE A GREAT FATHER AND A GREAT HUSBAND

THOSE THINGS WERE IMPORTANT TO HIM I REALLY LOVED TO TALK TO HIM ABOUT IS REALLY WE BOTH HAD A PASSION FOR ITALY WE TALKED ABOUT IT MANY TIMES HE SPOKE FLUENT ITALIAN

MY LOVE FOR ITALIAN FOOD WE BOTH HAVE THOSE CONVERSATIONS WE WOULD BE SITTING THERE FOR 30 MINUTES OR SO WE WOULD BE TALKING ABOUT IT AND IT WOULD BE GREAT MAN, HE IS JUST SPECIAL

WE CANNOT FORGET HOW SPECIAL HE WAS NOT JUST ON THE COURT, BUT OFF THE COURT WE HAVE HAD SO MANY GREAT BASKET BALL PLAYERS HERE THE PLAY FOR THE LAKERS NINE GREATER THAN KOBE BRYANT >> I WANT TO IN THIS BY TALKING ABOUT NUMBERS

IT IS WANTING TO PLAY FOR THE LAKERS WHICH IS GREAT IT IS ANOTHER THING TO HAVE YOUR NUMBER RETIRED HE HAD TO NUMBERS RETIRED >> AND HE SHOULD HAVE

AGAIN, YOU MAKE A DECISION TO CHANGE AND NUMBER IT PUTS MORE PRESSURE KOBE BRYANT LOVED THE PRESSURE TO PERFORM AT A HIGH LEVEL WHAT I LOVED, WHEN WE RETIRED BOTH NUMBERS, YOU >> I LIKE MYSELF, KAREEM ABDUL- JABBAR, THE OLD-SCHOOL GUYS WHO NEVER PLAYED WITH KOBE BRYANT

WE WERE THERE CELEBRATING HIM JAMES WORTHY, MICHAEL COOPER AND DON AND SCOTT WE WERE ALL THERE CELEBRATING HIM THE LAKERS AND JEANIE BUSS

SHE IS DEVASTATED THIS IS LIKE HER BROTHER IT WAS GREAT FOR HER FAMILY TO DO THAT THAT IS HOW MUCH HE MEANT TO HER FAMILY AND TO LAKER NATION AND ALL THE GREAT LAKER FANS THAT WE HAVE AROUND THE WORLD >> I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME METRIC

LIKE WE ALWAYS SAY, KEEP THE FAITH >> YES IT IS NOT A CONVERSATION I EVER WANTED TO HAVE MY HEART HAS BEEN BROKEN I GOT OUT OF CHURCH AND FOUND THIS OUT

I STILL CANNOT BELIEVE IT NOT KOBE BRYANT WE HAVE TO PRAY AND PRAY FOR HIS FAMILY AND ALSO FOR HIS MOM AND DAD WE WANT TO PLACE FOR HIM AND HIS SISTERS

AND PRAY FOR HIS KIDS AGAIN, HIS BEAUTIFUL WIFE THAT THEY CAN HAVE THE STRENGTH TO CARRY ON THANK YOU AND EVERYONE AT THE STUDIO, FOR WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN DOING FOR US TODAY

TO SHARE MEMORIES AND SHARE SOME CLIPS OF KOBE BRYANT TELLING HIS STORY AS WELL THANK YOU GOD BLESS >> ONE OF THE MOST THOUGHTFUL INDIVIDUALS I HAVE EVER BEEN AROUND JUST TO HEAR ONE SUPERSTAR, MEGASTAR TALK ABOUT BEING IN ALL OF ANOTHER

>> FOR HIM TO SAY HE WAS THE GREATEST LAKER OH MY GOD IMMEDIATELY UPON HEARING ABOUT THIS I WAS WITH WOMEN FOR MICHIGAN WE HAPPENED TO BE TALKING ABOUT MAGIC ON OUR TRIP

REMEMBER WHEN MAGIC RETIRED, THAT WAS SUCH A BLOW, ESPECIALLY IN LOS ANGELES ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE, WHO HAVE WATCHED THEM PLAY HE DID NOT HAVE HIS FAMILY AT THE TIME WE ARE SO SADDENED TO HEAR HE WOULD NOT PLAY ANYMORE THE QUESTION WAS, WHO COULD POSSIBLY LIGHT UP THE CITY AGAIN ? WHO COULD POSSIBLY PROVIDE THAT SPARK FOR THE LAKERS TO WIN CHAMPIONSHIP'S? LET'S FACE IT, THIS IS A CHAMPIONSHIP NATION

CHAMPIONSHIP CITY AND THEN, HERE COMES 17 YEAR OLD KOBE BRYANT STRAIGHT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL AND IMMEDIATELY, HE BECAME THE SUPERSTAR WITH THE LAKERS TO LISTEN TO MAGIC AND WATCH KOBE BRYANT, BOTH OF THEM WHEN THEY GOT MARRIED

AND THEY HAD CHILDREN TO WATCH THEM RAISE THEIR KIDS KOBE BRYANT TO TAKEN UNDER MAGIC SWING IT IS SO SAD IT IS ALSO VERY TOUCHING AND HEARTWARMING

>> YOU WILL ALWAYS LIVE IN OUR HEARTS >> THERE IS NO QUESTION >> IT IS AMAZING WHAT MAGIC SAID NOBODY TOOK MORE PRIDE PUTTING ON A LAKERS UNIFORM KOBE BRYANT >> THINK OF OF THE GREATS

>> THAT WE HAVE SEEN >> KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR, MAGIC JOHNSON WHEN MAGIC INTO THE LAKERS, HE WAS THE FIRST ONE TO ACTUALLY WITNESS AND HAVE LeBRON JAMES BREAK HIS RECORD LAST NIGHT WHAT REALLY TOUCHES MOST OF US, SITTING HERE, ESPECIALLY AS JIM HAS BEEN TALKING ABOUT IT, EVERYTHING THAT HE BROUGHT ME ON THE GAME

EVEN BEYOND THE BUSINESS AS A PERSON AND FAMILY MAN BELIEVING IN YOUNG PEOPLE AND INSPIRING THEM TO DO GREAT THINGS NOT ONLY IN BASKETBALL JUST TO LIVE YOUR LIFE WHILE

AND CONTRIBUTE TO SOCIETY >> THERE ARE ONLY A FEW PEOPLE, THAT YOU RECOGNIZE THAT WE TALKED ABOUT IT EARLIER YOU RECOGNIZE BY ONE NAME MAGIC, MICHAEL, TIGER, MOHAMMED, LeBRON, KOBE >> IN THE SPORTS WORLD FOR SURE

IT IS VERY DIFFICULT >> TO HAVE THE RESPECT OF THOSE COMPETITORS DOC RIVERS, WE HAVE SOUND FROM HIM >> I JUST DO NOT HAVE A LOT TO SAY THE NEWS IS DEVASTATING TO EERYBODY, WHO KNEW HIM

I KNEW HIM A LONG TIME YOU KNOW, HE MEANS A LOT TO ME, OBVIOUSLY YOU KNOW, HE WAS SUCH A GREAT OPPONENT, YOU KNOW IT IS WHAT YOU WANT IN SPORTS HE HAD THAT DNA THE VERY FEW ATHLETES CAN EVER HAVE

TIGER WOODS AND MICHAEL JORDAN'S YOU KNOW, IT IS FUNNY, I WAS GETTING TO KNOW HIM MORE, SINCE HE RETIRED THIS IS A TOUGH ONE WE HAVE TO GO PLAY THE NEWS IS DEVASTATING FOR VANESSA AND HIS FAMILY

THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE THAT HE TOUCHED >> YOU JUST HEARD A HEARTBROKEN DOC RIVERS, COACH OF THE LA CLIPPERS BEFORE WE GO, THERE ARE DEVASTATED FANS AT L

A LIVE WE DID IDENTIFY ANOTHER PERSON THAT WAS ON THE TOP OR A HERO IN HIS OWN RIGHT HIS NAME IS JOHN ALTOBELLI THE COACH OF THE ORANGE COAST BASEBALL TEAM

HE PERISHED IN THE CRASH >>> THERE IS A GROWING MEMORIAL AT THE STAPLES CENTER LESLIE MARINE IS WITH US SHE JOINS US FROM LA

LIVE, ACROSS THE STREET FROM STAPLES CENTER WITH A LOOK AT WAS HAPPENING >> Reporter: SO MANY TIMES, FANS CAME OUT TO SEE KOBE BRYANT THEY WOULD CELEBRATE IN FRONT OF THE STAPLES CENTER TODAY, A SOMBER MOOD

A LOT OF TEARS AND ALSO, A LOT OF KOBE BRYANT JERSEYS A LOT OF LAKERS JERSEYS BEHIND ME, WE ARE AT LA LIVE

THE AREA IN FRONT OF STAPLES CENTER IS BLOCKED OFF DUE TO THE GRAMMYS YOU CAN SEE, EVERY ONE OF THE TV SCREENS OUT HERE TO HAVE KOBE BRYANT'S PHOTO IN LOVING MEMORY OF KOBE BRYANT FROM THE YEAR HE WAS BORN, 1970- TWO 2020 WHEN HE DID DIE FANS OCCASIONALLY WILL START CHANTING, KOBE, EVERY START

THEY WILL CHANT MVP THERE ARE SEVERAL MEMORIALS AS EVERY IS PLACING FLOWERS OR BOUQUET THERE PICTURES AND LETTERS BECAUSE I HAD WRITTEN LETTER , TO BRING IN A FAN NAMED VICTOR HE HAS BEEN CARRYING AROUND ADHESIVE WITH A PILLOWCASE

HE FELT COMPELLED TO COME DOWN HERE AND BE HERE WITH OF THE FANS >> I LOOK UP AND I SAW THE NEWS IT HIT ME WHAT MICHAEL JORDAN WAS TO A LOT OF PEOPLE, IS WHAT KOBE BRYANT WAS TO ME WHEN THEY WON THE FIRST COUPLE CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI WAS TURNING 11 AND 12

HE IS A LEGEND IN EVERY ASPECT AND EVERY VIEW I CAN IMAGINE HOW HIS FAMILY IS FEELING OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO THEM I KNOW LeBRON JAMES, THEY HAD SOMETHING GOING ON YESTERDAY I CAN ONLY IMAGINE

>> Reporter: YOU CAN PROBABLY HEAR EVERYONE BEHIND US THEY ARE YELLING, KOBE AND THEY ARE YELLING HIS DAUGHTER'S NAME, WHO PASSED AWAY AS WELL OCCASIONALLY, THE CROWD WILL DO THAT THEY WILL START CHANTING WHAT IS THE FEELING OF BEING HERE WITH OTHER PEOPLE? IS IT HELPING? >> YES

THEY ARE OUR FAMILY THEY ARE MY FAMILY I DO NOT GROW UP WITH THE BIOLOGICAL FAMILY, BUT THESE GUYS ARE MY FAMILY EVERY TIME WE COME TOGETHER, IT IS UNITY AND LOVE THAT IS WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE

WE ARE SHOWING THE WORLD WHAT WE ARE ALL ABOUT WE ARE HERE TOGETHER FOREVER TO THANK YOU FOR TALKING TO US OF COURSE, IT IS GRAMMYS SUNDAY LAPD HAS ASKED PEOPLE NOT TO COME DOWN HERE MANY ON THE STREETS ARE NEAR BLOCKED OFF AND SHUT DOWN STREETS

THAT IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THEY HOLD THE GRAMMYS AT STAPLES CENTER EVERY YEAR I WILL TELL YOU, IT HAS NOT STOPPED ANYONE PEOPLE CONTINUE TO STOP BY I WOULD SAY THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE HERE PEOPLE BRINGING FLOWERS AND POSTERS

I DON'T SEE IS STOPPING YOU SEE PEOPLE ATTENDING THE GRAMMYS AT LEAST IT LOOKS LIKE IT THERE DRESSED TO THE NINES THEY HAVE COME DOWN AS WELL TO PAY RESPECTS

WE WILL SCANNED THE CROWD FOR YOU YOU CAN SEE A LOT OF LEAKER GEAR A LOT TO BE JERSEYS IT IS AN UNREAL MOOD BEING DOWN HERE úA LOT OF PEOPLE ARE DESC THE MOMENT THEY GOT HERE

THEY WERE IN DISBELIEF WAS THEY GOT HERE, IT HIT THEM THAT KOBE HAD PASSED AWAY YOU CAN SEE SOMEONE ELSE HOLDING MORE KOBE MEMORABILIA IT IS SOMETHING WE WILL CONTINUE TO SEE THROUGHOUT THE DAY

THE CROWD CONTINUES TO GROW IT IS NOT THE NEWS ANYONE WANTED TO HEAR PEOPLE ARE IN DISBELIEF THEY FEEL LIKE IF THEY COME TOGETHER IT WILL HELP THEM WARN I THINK I CAN UNDERSTAND úTHA WHAT YOU COME DOWN HERE, YOU CAN SEE THE FEELING

IT FEELS GOOD TO BE AROUND úOTH THE EMOTIONS AND THE FEELINGS THAT EVERYONE IS GOING TO RIGHT NOW OF COURSE, WE WILL BE NOAH FANT ALL DAY FOR NOW, WE TURN BACK TO YOU >> THANK YOU FOR THAT PROGRAM TURNED TO FIND EXACTLY THE YEARS, I'M SURE SOMEBODY WILL TELL ME KOBE BRYANT WON TEMPERATURES WITH THIS GUY

THE BIG GUY SHAQUILLE O'NEAL I WILL READ YOU A TWEET THAT JUST CAME IN FROM SHAQUILLE O'NEILL HE SAID HE WAS MUCH MORE THAN AN ATHLETE HE WAS A FAMILY MAN

THAT IS WHAT WE HAD IN COMMON I WOULD HAVE HIS CHILDREN LIKE THEY WERE MY OWN HE WOULD EMBRACE MY KIDS LIKE THEY WERE HIS HIS BABY GIRL GIANNA WAS BORN THE SAME DAY AS MY YOUNGEST DAUGHTER I HAVE TO TELL YOU, WHEN THEY WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP, WE WOULD HAVE THE LAKERS PAADE, THE PEOPLE WE WANTED TO SEE MOST, SHOCK AND KOBE

THEY WERE SUCH A POWERFUL TEAM THOSE WERE HAPPY TIMES >> WE CONTINUE TO SEE THIS THREAD, IS WE TALK TO JERRY WEST AND DOC RIVERS YOU MENTIONED SHAQUILLE O'NEAL MAGIC SAID SOMETHING SIMILAR TO WHAT CHUCK SAID

WHAT HE WILL MISS ABOUT KOBE, ARE THE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT HIS FAMILY AND HIS DAUGHTERS HOW MUCH OF THE FAMILY UNIT WAS IMPORTANT TO HIM >> HE WAS VERY DEEP KOBE WAS DEEP

HE CAME TO THE MBA RIGHT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL >> 17 >> JUST IN TERMS AND AS LEARNED AS HE WAS PLAYING AND LIVING OVERSEAS AND IN EUROPE HE BROUGHT A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE

I'M SURE IT HELPED HIM IN TERMS OF CREATING WHAT KIND OF MAN HE WANTED TO BE THERE WERE SOME OBSTACLES HOW ELSE DO YOU LEARN AND GROW? YOU DO THAT FROM THINGS THAT ARE PUT BEFORE YOU AND THINGS THAT HAPPEN IN YOUR LIFE TO COME OUT ON THE OTHER SIDE A BETTER PERSON

ISN'T THAT A GREAT THING? WE THINK ABOUT THE WISDOM THAT HE DID PASS ON TO HIS OWN CHILDREN AND KIDS AROUND THE WORLD THE KOBE BRYANT BASKETBALL CHAMPION HE WOULD SHOW UP IT COULD BE THE FIRST DAY OR THE LAST DAY

HE WOULD BE THERE AND HE WOULD TALK TO THE KIDS AND TELL THEM YOU SHOULD BE DOING A LITTLE BIT MORE THIS ARE LITTLE BIT MORE OF THAT IT IS ONE THING TO SAY HE WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST EVER JUST A LEAKER

TO PLAY THE GAME OF BASKETBALL HE ALSO GREW MONTHS SIT BY AND ABBY AT BAT >> MAYBE THAT IS WHAT THEY WERE GOING TO TO A BASKETBALL FACILITY IN THOUSAND OAKS, IS WHAT WE ARE HEARING I WILL CONTINUE TO GET INFORMATION RELATED TO THAT

VERY RARELY DO THE GRAMMYS GET OVERSHADOWED >> WE WILL GO TO WHITNEY HOPPER AT THE GRAMMYS IN JUST A MOMENT FIRST WE WILL GO TO JOY ADDICT, IN NEWPORT COAST WHERE KOBE BRYANT CALLED HOME TO HEART BREAKING SCENE OUT HERE

SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN GATHERING ALL AFTERNOON SIMPLY TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS I WANT TO SHOW YOU A SMALL MEMORIAL THAT IS STARTING TO GROW IN FRONT OF THIS GATED COMMUNITY AS FOLKS UP AND COMING BY WITH FLOWERS AND BALLOONS TO FEEL HIS PRESENCE

THAT IS WHAT EVERYONE IS TELLING ME I KNOW THEY DO NOT WANT ME TO DO THIS, BUT THEY ARE ALL BEHIND THE CAMERA I SEE 30 OR SO PEOPLE IF WE COULD TURN THE CAMERA AROUND THAT IS WHY THEY ARE HERE

THEY WANT TO FEEL HIS PRESENCE THEY CERTAINLY WANT HIS FAMILY TO KNOW THEY OFFERED THEIR STRENGTH ARE COMING WITH JERSEYS, T- SHIRTS, BALLOONS AND FLOWERS EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE AROUND MOST OF YOU ARE VERY SILENT

I DO NOT KNOW IF ANY OF YOU HAVE A STORY YOU FEEL UP TO SHARING I WAS TALKING TO YOU EARLIER TODAY YOU GO TO THE SAME CHURCHES HIS FAMILY, CORRECT? >> I DO, I AM A MEMBER OF OUR LADY, QUEEN OF ANGELS IN NEWPORT BEACH KOBE AND HIS FAMILY ARE MEMBERS >> Reporter: YOU SAID YOU SET UP HER THIS MORNING

>> WE DID AT OUR NOON MASS, OUR FATHER SAID A SPECIAL PRAYER TO THE ENTIRE CHURCH FOR KOBE AND EVERYONE INVOLVED FOR THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY >> Reporter: IT REALLY IS A LOSS YOU CAN TELL THAT BY THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE HERE

AND OTHER THINGS WE ARE HEARING EVERYBODY HAD A KOBE STORY I TALKED TO A YOUNG MAN EARLIER TODAY HE WAS A TEENAGER HE SAID, I WOULD SEE HIM IN THE GROCERY STORE AND I ASKED FOR A PHOTO

I TOLD HIM, I DO NOT PLAY BASKETBALL, BUT I PLAYED FOOTBALL WILL BE TOLD HIM, WHAT IS IMPORTANT, IS YOU PLAY WHAT YOU WANT TO AND STICK WITH IT BE ATHLETIC AND BE A PART OF THE TEAM HE REALLY PUSHED THAT TO EVERYBODY WHO WAS OUT HERE THAT IS WHAT YOU HEAR

IT IS A COMMUNITY THAT HAS SEEN KOBE FOR YEARS HE WAS NOT THE NOVELTY UP HERE HE WAS THE GUY YOU SAW AT THE GROCERY STORE HE WAS THE GUY YOU SAW AT THE GYM HE WAS THE GUY YOU SAW WALKING ACROSS THE STREET

IT WAS JIM HILL WHO SAID, HE LITERALLY STOPPED TRAFFIC EVEN IN HIS OWN COMMUNITY AS SO MANY PEOPLE ARE WANTING TO SHOW THEIR RESPECT AND THAT IS WHAT THEY ARE DOING I SEE A LOT OF FOLKS NODDING THEIR HEAD AT ME

NOT WANTING TO TALK HE IS SOMEWHAT YOU SAW EVERYWHERE I AM ASSUMING IT IS THE SAME FOR YOU >> YES, ABSOLUTELY I HAVE A COLLAGE OF PICTURES AFFECTING MY ENTIRE CHILDHOOD

AT EVERY AGE AND A PICTURE WITH KOBE I WILL CHERISH THAT FOREVER >> Reporter: WHAT IS IT ABOUT KOBE BRYANT THAT MADE HIM SUCH A MAGNETIC PERSONALITY?>> HE WAS THE MAMBA OUT MENTALITY HE WAS A FAMILY MAN HEWAS A GOOD FATHER

>> Reporter: SOMEBODY OUT HERE HAD A VIDEO OF HIM LAST NIGHT AT THE MALL WALKING AROUND WITH HIS SECOND YOUNGEST DAUGHTER THAT IS WHAT YOU SEE OUT HERE A LOT OF STORIES AND A LOT OF SHARING IN CASE YOU HAVE NOTICED, THERE ARE A LOT OF SMILES

IN ALL OF THE KOBE MEMORIES, BE AT THE CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE JUST SEEN HIM AT THE MALL ARE STOPPING TO SAY HELLO AND SHAKE THEIR HAND THESE ARE HAPPY MEMORIES >> I KNOW CALIFORNIA COLD IS DIFFERENT THAN REAL COLD WE HAVE TO REPRESENT

ALWAYS LOVE KOBE >> Reporter: NO MATTER WHICH NUMBER YOU HAVE 8 ARE 24, IT IS A LOT OF HEART AND A LOT OF MEMORIES AS I HAVE SAID ALL AFTERNOON, HE WAS JUST A FORCE TO BE AROUND IN THE COURT, LOCKER ROOM OR COMMUNITY

KOBE BRYANT HAVE THE MAGNETIC PERSONALITY PEOPLE WOULD FOLLOW HIM ALL AROUND PEOPLE WOULD FOLLOW HIM THROUGH THE HOTEL OR THE HALLS EVERYONE WANTED A CHANCE TO SAY HELLO I AM A BIG FAN OF YOURS AND I LOVE TO HAVE YOU AROUND

THAT IS THE KIND OF PERSON HE WAS IT IS A MEMORY MANY HAVE A PRESENCE THAT WILL SURELY BE MISSED >>> THERE IS NO QUESTION ABOUT THE JOY WE ARE GOING TO GO TO AN EVENT, A MAJOR EVENT IN LOS ANGELES

THE GRAMMY AWARDS YOU TALK ABOUT CELEBRITIES AND THE MUSIC STARS SO MANY PEOPLE THERE, I AM SURE, ARE SADDENED TODAY BECAUSE THEY WERE IN AWE OF KOBE BRYANT IF I CAN HAVE A LIST OF ALL OF THE SONGS THE KOBE BRYANT NAME SHOWED UP, WE WOULD BE HER FOREVER

THESE ARE PEOPLE, THAT IN THEIR OWN RIGHT ARE MUSIC GENIUSES BUT THEY ALSO IDOLIZED KOBE BRYANT WHO HE WAS AND WHAT HE DID >> THIS IS HAPPENING AT THE STAPLES CENTER ALL OF THE GREAT GAMES THAT KOBE HAD THEREFORE THE LAKERS AND HIS TWO JERSEYS, 8 AND 24, HANGING FROM THE RAFTERS DURING THE GRAMMYS TONIGHT

>> WHEN WE TALK TO BRITNEY HOPPER, I AM SURE THE SCRAMBLE TO MAKE CHANGES FOR TONIGHT SHOW >> Reporter: THAT IS CORRECT WE ARE AT HIS HOME AWAY FROM HOME I CAN TELL YOU THAT WHEN NEWS HIT, IT SENT SHOCKWAVES THROUGH THE RED CARPET THERE HAS NOT BEEN A DRY EYE WHEN I TALKED TO FOLKS ON THE RED CARPET

HERE WITH ME FIVE IS ROBERT KRAFT YOU HAVE BEEN IN THE SPORTS WORLD FOR SO MANY YEARS CAN WE TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE LEGENDARY KOBE BRYANT? WHAT WAS YOUR THOUGHT WHEN YOU HEARD THIS TRAGIC NEWS? >> JUST SHOT IT MAKES US ALL REALIZE HOW WE CANNOT TAKE ANYTHING FOR GRANTED MAKE SURE YOU GIVE A SPECIAL HUG AND KISS TO EVERYONE WHO IS THERE FOR YOU

SEEN HIS BEAUTIFUL BELOVED DAUGHTER THAT IS 13 UNDER THE PRIDE HE TOOK HERE WE ARE AT HIS HOME AT THE STAPLES CENTER I HAD A CHANCE TO SEE HIM AT ONE OF HIS LAST GAMES HERE

HE WAS SUCH A GENTLEMAN IN GRAY COMPETITOR IS SO INCREDIBLY CHARITABLE EVERYTHING POSITIVE THAT YOU CAN SAY ABOUT THIS MAN >> AND THAT IS WHAT MAKES THIS SO SAD FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE PRIVILEGED TO WAKE UP EVERY DAY IN GOOD HEALTH AND A GOOD FAMILY AROUND YOU

MAKE SURE YOU GIVE THEM A SPECIAL HUG AND KISS >> >> Reporter: HAVE YOU TALKED TO ANYONE WITHIN THE SPORTS WORLD PERSONALLY? >> I HAD 50 TEXTS AND E-MAILS FROM PEOPLE, THIS IS REALLY SHOCKING IT IS A GLOBAL IMPACT EVERYONE SHOULD JUST STEP BACK AND THINK AND COUNT THEIR BLESSINGS >> Reporter: IT IS NICE TO SEE YOU

THANK YOU FOR TALKING TO ME ON LIVE TV WITH WHAT HE SAID, I WANT TO GO TO A COUPLE OF SOUND BITES WE TALK TO RICK ROSS, UPPER WEST RAP SONG HE IS A MAN WHO DOES NOT SHOW EMOTION HE TOLD ME THAT HE HEARD THE NEWS, HE HAD HIS DRIVER PULL OFF TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD

HE HAD TO TAKE A MOMENT AND SAY A PRAYER FOR KOBE BRYANT'S FAMILY SQUARE ALEX IS ANOTHER ONE A HUGE MUSIC PRODUCER UPPER GRAMMY NOMINATION THEY BOTH SAID IT IS DIFFICULT TO CELEBRATE THE GRAMMYS AND THEIR NOMINATIONS HE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN L

A HE SAID IT PERFECTLY LOS ANGELES IS KOBE BRYANT KOBE BRYANT IS LOS ANGELES TO LISTEN

>> WE LOST A MASSIVE SUPERHERO FOR US >> WE ARE HEARTBROKEN I KNOW THE CITY IS HURTING RIGHT NOW I AM HURTING MOST IMPORTANTLY, WE PRAY FOR HIS FAMILY

HIS WIFE AND HIS KIDS HOPEFULLY, GOD WILL COVER THEM RIGHT NOW SHOUT OUT TO BE LONG LIVE KOBE THIS IS KOBE'S HOUSE FOREVER

>> I'M NOT SURE HOW TO PUT IT INTO WORDS I JUST GOT THE NEWS I WAS GETTING DRESSED I STARTED I WAS DOING I WAITED A MINUTE AND ASKED THEM TO RECONFIRM THAT

I DO NOT BELIEVE IT EVERY TIME WE CAME ACROSS EACH OTHER'S PATHS, I DO NOT IS A GENUINE FAN OF HIS WORK HE WAS ALWAYS SO CLASSY HE WAS A GREAT EXAMPLE AND IS A HUGE LOSS >> Reporter: IT IS SO UNBELIEVABLY SAD

WE ARE HERE AT WHAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE A JOYOUS EVENT SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE WORKED HARD ON THE MUSIC TO GET THEIR MUSIC OUT AND GET NOMINATED FOR GRAMMY WHICH IS MUSIC'S BIGGEST NIGHT IT IS DIFFICULT TO CELEBRATE AS YOU MENTIONED, KOBE HAD THAT EFFECT ON NOT ONLY PEOPLE IN THE SPORTS WORLD, BUT PEOPLE ALL OVER

INCLUDING MYSELF, A FAN FROM THE MOMENT HE STARTED AT THE LAKERS AND AS A MOTHER, YOUR HEART NATURALLY GOES OUT TO VANESSA EVERYONE HERE WALKING, AND IS SUPPOSED TO BE A JOYOUS NIGHT HAS TURNED INTO A SOMBER EVENING I AM BEING TOLD THAT THE GRAMMYS WILL PERHAPS, PAY SOME TYPE OF TRIBUTE TONIGHT TO KOBE BRYANT

NATURALLY, OF COURSE, WE WOULD EXPECT THAT FOR NOW, WE WILL CONTINUE TO GET REACTION WE ARE LIVE AT THE STAPLES CENTER >>> I KNOW NIPSEY HUSSLE — WE ARE GOING TO THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD >>> WE ARE LIKELY TO HAVE A MEDIA BRIEFING SOMETIME TOMORROW

PLEASE MONITOR TWITTER, WHICH IS NTSB NEWSROOM FOR ANNOUNCEMENTS I HAVE TIME FOR A COUPLE OF QUICK QUESTIONS IF YOU WILL RAISE YOUR HAND AND STATE YOUR NAME AND AFFILIATION >> Reporter: NBC NEWS >> THE QUESTION IS, WHAT TYPES OF THINGS WILL WE BE LOOKING FOR? OUR TEAM WILL BE LOOKING AT THE HISTORY OF THE PILOT AND WHATEVER CREW WAS ON BOARD

WE ARE LOOKING AT MAINTENANCE RECORDS OF THE HELICOPTER WE WILL BE LOOKING AT RECORDS OF THE OWNER AND OPERATOR OF THE HELICOPTER AND A NUMBER OF OTHER THINGS WE LOOK AT AS PART OF THE INVESTIGATION >> Reporter: CNN, HOUSE AND YOU ANTICIPATE GETTING MORE INFORMATION? >> IT IS HARD TO TELL THE QUESTION IS, HOW LATE WILL BE GET TO WORK? >> WE HAVE SOMEONE ON SCENE OR IN ROUTE FROM OUR WESTERN REGION OFFICE WILL MAKE IT ON SCENE, WE WILL ASSESS WHAT WE ARE ABLE TO DO AT THE TIME

>> Reporter: FOX 5 MEDIA ON THE GROUND IS REPORTING NINE PEOPLE WERE KILLED DOES IT TYPICALLY CARRY NINE PEOPLE? >> THE QUESTION IS, HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN BE CARRIED IN THE SIKORSKY HELICOPTER? WE ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THE CONFIGURATION OF THE HELICOPTER IS IT DEPENDS ON THE CONFIGURATION IT IS SOMETHING WE ARE TRYING TO VERIFY >> Reporter: AND BC

>> IS IT TYPICAL TO SEND A TEAM? I SHOULD CLARIFY, NOT A TOTAL OF 18 INVESTIGATORS AND INCLUDES INVESTIGATIVE STAFF THERE IS THE INVESTIGATIVE STAFF, THERE ARE BOARD MEMBERS AND THERE ARE A COUPLE FROM MEDIA RELATIONS THERE ARE FAMILY ASSISTANCE TEAM AND I THINK THAT COVERS IT IT IS TYPICAL FOR ANY OF OUR INVESTIGATIONS

IT DOES NOT CHANGE ANYTHING THIS IS JUST HOW WE RESPOND TO ANY INVESTIGATION TOOK DOES THIS HELICOPTER HAVE A BLACK BOX? >> THAT IS SOMETHING WE WILL HAVE TO LOOK TO AS PART OF THE INVESTIGATION THANK YOU VERY MUCH >>> THAT WRAPS UP THE NTSB PRESS CONFERENCE RELATED TO THE HELICOPTER CRASH INVOLVING KOBE BRYANT

THE PERSON HAD SAID ARE IN THE PROCESS OF VERIFYING THE SEATING THERE ARE REPORTS THAT THERE ARE UP TO 12 PEOPLE TO BE SEATED INSIDE THE HELICOPTER WE UNDERSTAND THERE WERE NINE PEOPLE ON BOARD AT THAT POINT IN TIME HAVE 18 PEOPLE AS PART OF THE NTSB INVESTIGATION THEY SAY, IT IS NO MORE OR LESS THAN WHAT THEY HAVE IN NORMAL INVESTIGATION IN A FATAL CRASH LIKE THIS

WILL BE INVESTIGATING A HEADING TO THE SCENE WE KNOW THE SHERIFF SAID THE BODIES REMAIN AT THE SCENE IN CALABASAS , CONFIRMED IDENTITIES ON BOARD HOWEVER, WE HAVE CONFIRMED THROUGH CBS NEWS >> WE DO HAVE SOMEONE ELSE

I DON'T WANT TO GIVE THE NAME UNTIL WE START THE NEWSCAST WHICH WE ARE ABOUT TO, MOMENTARILY WE DO HAVE THE NAME OF ANOTHER PERSON, WHO WAS ABOARD THE HELICOPTER GET UP ON WHAT YOU SAID, FROM THE NEWS CONFERENCE FROM NTSB, THEY WILL LOOK AT THE PILOT OF COURSE THE WEATHER CONDITIONS, THE OWNER OF THE CHOPPER, WHICH WOULD BE NORMAL IN TERMS OF THE INVESTIGATION

TO TRY TO GET SOME ANSWERS, IF WE CAN, AS TO WHETHER THE HELICOPTER WENT DOWN >>> WE WILL HAVE MORE NEWS, COMING UP IN JUST A SECOND A FULL NEWSCAST ON KCAL NINE WE HAVE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WHO WAS ON BOARD THE CHOPPER THAT WENT DOWN WE WILL ALSO BE GIVING MORE INFORMATION, AND CONDOLENCES COMING IN FROM PEOPLE YOU ALL KNOW

OUR VIEWER KNOWS >>> CONTINUOUS COVERAGE HERE ON KCAL 9 IT WILL GO THROUGHOUT THE EVENING, AS WE CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THE STORY ON THE HELICOPTER CRASH IN CALABASAS THE HAPPENED EARLIER TODAY, INVOLVING KOBE BRYANT >>> BREAKING NEWS, LAKERS LEGEND KOBE BRYANT, KILLED IN A TRAGIC HELICOPTER CRASH IN CALABASAS INCLUDING HIS 13-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER, THE STUNNING NEWS LEAVES FANS AROUND THE WORLD IN COMPLETE SHOCK

>> JUST DEVASTATING BEYOND THE STATED >> KOBE IS THE BEST >> IT IS UNBELIEVABLE HE WAS SUCH A GOOD GUY

>> EVERYONE FROM FANS TO CELEBRITIES TO THOSE WHO KNEW HIM BEST LEFT DEVASTATED BY THE HER BREAKING NEWS >> THIS IS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST HORRIBLE "DAYS OF OUR LIVES" — I FEEL LIKE I LEFT A SON

>>> LOS ANGELES HAS CERTAINLY LOST A LEGEND THE WORLD JOINS THE CITY MORNING THE SUDDEN DEATH OF KOBE BRYANT >>> HERE IS WHAT WE KNOW AT THIS HOUR ABOUT THE TRAGEDY THAT HAS HIT ALMOST EVERYONE VERY HARD TODAY NINE PEOPLE ON BOARD THE AIRCRAFT WHEN SOMETHING WENT WRONG THIS WAS OVER THE CITY OF CALABASAS

WE ARE TOLD THEY WERE ON THEIR WAY TO A BASKETBALL GAME WHEN THE CHOPPER WENT DOWN >> IN ADDITION TO BE IT HAS DR, GIANNA, ORANGE COAST COLLEGE BASEBALL COACH, JOHN ALTOBELLI HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS ONE OF THE VICTIMS NTSB HAS BEEN ON THE SCENE INVESTIGATING HOW THE HELICOPTER WENT DOWN >>> HERE ON KCAL 9, IT IS CBS2 SPORTS DIRECTOR JIM HILL

>> YOU KNEW KOBE WELL FOR THE 20 YEARS HE HAS BEEN HERE >> AS YOU KNOW, HE IS ONE OF THE MORE REMARKABLE INDIVIDUALS I HAVE EVER MET HE HAD A GREAT WORK ETHIC NOBODY COULD SURPASS IT NOT EVEN MAGIC JOHNSON HE WAS TALKING TO US ABOUT HOW HE AFFECTED HIM

A TRAGIC DAY AS KOBE BRYANT DIED IN A HELICOPTER CRASH WE SPOKE WITH JERRY WEST AND MAGIC JOHNSON ABOUT THE LOSS OF KOBE BRYANT >> I DO NOT THE GREAT NOW, THAT WE CAN PUT IT INTO WORDS ON WHAT HE MEANT FOR THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND THE FANS I WILL MISS HIM WE SHOULD TALK ABOUT ITALY BEING A FATHER AND HUSBAND THINGS WERE SPECIAL TO THE TWO OF US

WILL MISS THE CONVERSATIONS I HAD WITH HIM AND MISS HIM AND THE IMPACT HE MADE ON OUR CITY >> I FELT LIKE A SURROGATE FATHER TO HIM AS HIS CAREER BLOSSOMED AND HE STARTED TO ESTABLISH AN ENORMOUS REPUTATION AS A PLAYER AND ALSO, FILL IT WITH ACCOMPLISHMENTS

AND HIS CHARISMA ON TOP OF IT IT WAS SOMETHING THAT MOST GREAT PLAYERS DO NOT HAVE AND HE HAD IT TO WAKE UP TO THIS NEWS, IT HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST HORRIBLE DAYS IN MY LIFE I FEEL LIKE I HAVE LOST A SON

I AM NOT DOING VERY WELL >> ONE OF THE THINGS I THINK ABOUT, WHY, JERRY WEST, I THINK ABOUT SOMEONE WHO CARES IF IT HAD NOT BEEN FOR JERRY WEST, COBE WILL BE KOBE BRYANT DO NOT HAVE BEEN WITH THE LAKERS THERE IS A LOT MORE TO TALK ABOUT WITH KOBE BRYANT AND WHAT HE DID FOR BASKETBALL AND FOR OUR COMMUNITY AND FOR HIS FAMILY

HE WAS A TERRIFIC BASKETBALL PLAYER HE WAS A BETTER FATHER, HUSBAND AND FAMILY MAN >> I WILL SAY THIS CAN YOU IMAGINE THE PLAYGROUNDS AROUND LOS ANGELES? WE HAVE HEARD FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE GIVEN THE REACTIONS IN TERMS OF CELEBRITIES AND STARS A LOT OF PEOPLE WE KNOW

A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE MEDIA THE ATHLETIC WORLD I CANNOT IMAGINE THE YOUNG CHILDREN, THAT PLAY BASKETBALL AROUND THE CITY THAT LOOKED UP TO KOBE BRYANT MAYBE SOME, WHO HAVE NEVER MET HIM

WHO MAY NOT HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO THE STAPLES CENTER TO SEE A GAME BUT DID YOU KNOW KOBE BRYANT OR THEY DID THEY ADMIRED HIM SO GREATLY THAT IS REALLY TOUCHING ME RIGHT NOW

I KNOW IT IS TRUE >> HE WAS ONE-OF-A-KIND WE SHALL NEVER FORGET I MENTIONED IT BEFORE I HOPE PEOPLE DO NOT GET BORED WITH IT

WHEN I THINK ABOUT HIM, I THINK ABOUT WHAT HE SAID ABOUT DR KING GIVING BACK TO MANKIND, IS ONE OF THE MOST NOBLE THINGS ANYONE CAN DO THAT IS WHAT KOBE BRYANT DID HE WAS GIVING BACK TO FELLOW MANKIND

ESPECIALLY THE YOUNG PEOPLE SHOWING THEM THE WAY >> IT IS NOTHING LIKE LOOKING UP TO SOMEONE LIKE THAT IS A CHILD WHATEVER YOUR CIRCUMSTANCE IS

TO ME, I THINK ABOUT THOSE WHO DID NOT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY A LITTLE LESS FORTUNATE, TO ATTEND A PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL GAME AND LOVED AND ADMIRED HIM NONETHELESS SO CAN YOU SAY LOVED AND ADMIRED, LET'S WITH A LIVE LOOK FROM SKY 9 THIS IS OVER THE STAPLES CENTER

THE THRONGS OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE ARRIVED, AS A RESULT OF KOBE BRYANT TELUS A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HOW YOU FEEL, WHEN YOU SEE THIS YOU KNOW HIM BETTER THAN ANYBODY HERE YOU HAVE TALKED TO HIM AND YOU KNOW HIS SPIRIT YOU KNOW HIS LEGACY

WHAT DOES THIS TELL YOU? >> HE IS LOVED THAT IS PURE AND SIMPLE YOU DO NOT DO THIS YOU DO NOT HAVE THIS KIND OF REACTION FROM PEOPLE YOU DO NOT LIKE PEOPLE YOU DESPISE

YOU DO THIS FOR PEOPLE THAT YOU RESPECT THAT YOU WERE MEYER THAT YOU APPRECIATE AND LOVE YOU WANT TO SAY THANK YOU >> EXACTLY

THANK YOU THANK YOU JIM YOU HEAR MORE FROM JIM THROUGHOUT THE NEWSCAST REACTION ALSO FROM LAKERS LEGEND, KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR >> HE POSTED THIS ON TWITTER

>> IT IS VERY DIFFICULT FOR ME TO PUT INTO WORDS, HOW I FEEL ABOUT THE LOSS OF KOBE BRYANT AS A YOUNG BOY, I MET HIM WHEN HE WAS 11 OR 12 YEARS OLD I WAS FRIENDS WITH HIS DAD, JOE WE WERE FORMER ADVERSARIES JOE PLAYED FOR THE 76ers

HE WAS A GOOD FRIEND AND SOMEONE I SHARED A FRIENDSHIP WITH IT IS HARD FOR ME TO UNDERSTAND NOW, HOW THIS IS AFFECTING JOE AND HIS WIFE TO BE HIS FAMILY, I WANT TO SEND MY MOST SINCERE AND HEARTFELT REGRETS AND PRAYERS AND MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU GUYS

KOBE BRYANT WAS AN INCREDIBLE FAMILY MAN HE LOVED HIS WIFE AND DAUGHTERS HE WAS AN INCREDIBLE ATHLETE AND A LEADER IN A LOT OF WAYS HE INSPIRED A GENERATION OF ATHLETES

HE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST ONES TO LEAVE HIGH SCHOOL AND GO TO THE NBA INDUCIBLE DOMINATING THE GAME AND BECOMING ONE OF THE BEST SCORES AT THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND THAT THEY HAVE EVER SEEN I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING THERE WHEN HE SCORED HIS 81 POINT GAME IT WAS SOMETHING THAT I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER AS ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF WHAT I HAVE LEARNED AND OBSERVED IN SPORTS

KOBE, MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU REST IN PEACE YOUNG MAN THIS LOSS IS HARD TO COMPREHEND GO WITH GOD >> THE GREAT KAREEM ABDUL- JABBAR

I TOLD YOU AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS NEWSCAST WE ARE ABLE TO IDENTIFY THE WAS ON BOARD THE HUSBAND OF CHRISTINA MAUSER POSTING ON FACEBOOK THERE POSTED THAT SHE DIED IN THE CRASH SHE WAS A BASKETBALL COACH AT A SCHOOL WHERE KOBE BRYANT'S DAUGHTER ATTENDED SCHOOL

HER HUSBAND SAYS HE AND HIS CHILDREN ARE DEVASTATED >> NINE PEOPLE ON BOARD THAT GOES OUT TO VICTIMS WE UNDERSTAND THE PILOT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS WELL NOBODY SURVIVED

IT HAPPENED AT 9:45 THIS MORNING WE CONTINUE LIVE TEAM COVERAGE FROM THE CRASH SITE WITH THE LATEST >> I AM HERE AT WILLOW GLEN STREET AND LOST VIRGIN INCIDENT 100 PEOPLE

AND THE CROWD HAS TURNED OVER A FEW TIMES I CAN SAFELY SAY, HUNDREDS HAVE BEEN OUT HERE MAYBE THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF JERSEYS TO SOLEMN SEEN VERY QUIET PEOPLE TALKING QUIETLY ALONG THEMSELVES

STARING AT THE HELP YOU WILL SEE VERY LITTLE LEFT OF THE HELICOPTER THERE IS A VERY BIG DEBRIS FIELD AT WILLOW GLEN STREET AND LOST VIRGIN US IN THE HILLS WE GOT A CHANCE TO TALK TO SOME OF THE FOLKS THAT CAME OUT

PEOPLE HAVE BEEN COMING JUST ARE HEARING ABOUT THE CRASH AND A KOBE BRYANT WAS INVOLVED >> KOBE BRYANT WAS THE BEST MY WIFE AND I JUST GOT MARRIED >> HUG YOUR DAUGHTERS

>> I FEEL REALLY SAD THAT HE DIED I WAS THAT HE WAS STILL BE ALIVE >> MY HEART GOES OUT TO HIS FAMILY MY FRIEND WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO SEE HIM PLAY >> TRAGIC

>> A TRAGIC DAY FOR LOS ANGELES FOR THE WHOLE WORLD >> IT IS INCREDIBLE I AM IN SHOCK TO BE WAS THE GOAT

>> AN INCREDIBLE ATHLETE AN INCREDIBLE PERSON IT IS DEVASTATING >> IT IS SHOCKING IT IS SO SAD WE LOST A LEGEND

HE MEANS SO MUCH TO SO MANY KIDS SOME OF PEOPLE WHO ARE BASKETBALL FANS HE HAS ACCOMPLISHED GREAT THINGS IT IS UNBELIEVABLE IT IS SO SAD

>> HE HAS A FAMILY THEIR GRIEF WILL BE WAY WORSE THAN OURS SPOKE A LOT OF TEARS OUT HERE TODAY PEOPLE HAVING A TOUGH TIME PEOPLE ARE IN DISBELIEF TRYING TO GRASP WHAT HAPPENED ON THIS HILLSIDE IN CALABASAS

A COUPLE PEOPLE WE TALKED TO HER OUT ABOUT AT THAT TIME THEY SAID IT WAS VERY FOGGY ONE MAN SAID IT WAS FOGGY AND YOU JUST HEARD A MASSIVE EXPLOSION REPORTING LIVE, GREG MILLS, CBS 2 NEWS >>> WE HAVE ANOTHER VICTIM IDENTIFIED

A COLLEGE BASEBALL COACH, JOHN ALTOBELLI HE IS AMONG THE VICTIMS IN THE HELICOPTER CRASH HE WAS ENTERING HIS 20 FOURTH SEASON AS HEAD BASEBALL COACH IN 2019, HE WAS SELECTED AS THE AMERICAN BASEBALL COACH ASSOCIATION NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR FOLLOWING A SEASON WHERE HE LED THE PIRATES TO A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

HIS BROTHER CONFIRMED FOR US THAT HIS WIFE AND DAUGHTER ALSO ON BOARD THE HELICOPTER THEY WERE KILLED IN THE CRASH >>> WE TALKED EARLIER WITH THE SHERIFF WHO GAVE A TOTAL OF NINE PEOPLE IN THE CRASH ATTIC WE HAVE IDENTIFIED SIX PEOPLE WE HAVE THREE OTHER VICTIMS THE HAVE YET TO BE IDENTIFIED

WE WILL GET THAT INFORMATION AS SOON AS WE CAN WE WILL GO TO KYLA WHO IS MORE INFORMATION FROM THE NEWS CONFERENCE >> THERE IS ALSO A SENSE OF SHOCK AND DEEP SADNESS AMIDST FIRST RESPONDERS AND LOCAL LEADERS WHO ARE BRINGING US WHAT NEWS WE HAVE INSIDE THE SHERIFF'S STATION THERE AREA NTSB INVESTIGATORS MEETING WITH CORONERS OFFICIALS WE EXPECT TO GET ANOTHER UPDATE AT SOME POINT

WITHIN THE LAST HOUR, SHERIFF ALEX VIA NO WAY FOR CONFIRMED NINE PEOPLE WERE KILLED >> THERE WERE NO SURVIVORS WE HAVE A MANIFEST THAT INDICATES THERE WERE NINE PEOPLE ABOARD THE AIRCRAFT THE PILOT PLUS ATE INDIVIDUALS THERE IS WIDE SPECULATION WHO THE IDENTITIES ARE

IT WOULD BE ENTIRELY INAPPROPRIATE TO IDENTIFY ANYONE I NAME UNTIL THE CORONER HAS MADE THE IDENTIFICATION THROUGH A DELIBERATE PROCESS AND MADE NOTIFICATION TO NEXT AGAIN >> Reporter: THE FIRE DEPARTMENT SAYS THEY GOT THE 911 CALL REPORTING HELICOPTER DOWN TO BRUSHFIRE AT NINE:47 THIS MORNING FIREFIGHTERS WITH MEDICAL EQUIPMENT HIKED IN SOME OTHERS WERE DROPPED FROM A HELICOPTER TO TRY TO GET TO ANYONE ON BOARD, AS QUICKLY AS THEY COULD SADLY AGAIN, ALL NINE PEOPLE ON BOARD DIED

FIRE CHIEF DARRELL OSBY REFERRED TO A SPECIFIC CHALLENGE FIREFIGHTERS HAD TO FACE AS THEY PUT OUT THE FLAMES >> FIREFIGHTERS HIKED IN TO THE SITE WITH MEDICAL EQUIPMENT AND HOSE LINES TO EXTINGUISH THE STUBBORN FIRE AS IT INCLUDED THE BRUSHFIRE AND DEBRIS FROM THE HELICOPTER AND THE FIRE INCLUDED MAGNESIUM, WHICH IS HARD FOR FIREFIGHTERS TO EXTINGUISH BECAUSE MAGNESIUM REACTS WITH OXYGEN AND WATER THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT NOT CONFIRMING AT THIS POINT, THAT KOBE BRYANT WAS ON BOARD

YOU WANT TO WAIT FOR THE CURRENT FINAL CONFIRMATION FROM THE CORONER'S OFFICE BACK HERE LIFE, YOU CAN SEE FOLKS IN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT THAT ARE HERE WE DO EXPECT TO GET AN UPDATE AT SOME POINT I CAN TELL YOU WHEN THE PRESS CONFERENCE WAS HELD AND WE LEARNED THAT MY PEOPLE HAD DIED THERE WAS A GASP THE WENT UP FROM EVERYONE HERE SO MUCH LOSS

>> THAT IS WHY WE WAIT FOR INFORMATION TO BE CONFIRMED THIS IS SOMETHING WE FOUND OUT LATER TODAY WE WILL HAVE MORE BREAKING NEWS I BELIEVE WILL GO TO JIM, WHO WILL TALK WITH SOMEONE WHO WAS LOVED KOBE BRYANT >> HE IS JOHN ARLAND, THE VOICE OF THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS

YOU AND I HAVE BEEN TALKING A LITTLE BIT ALREADY I KNOW YOU ARE IN SHOCK AS THE REST OF US >> I HAVE BEEN TRAVELING WITH THE LAKERS FOR 22 YEARS AND HUNDREDS OF FLIGHTS EACH YEAR THIS WAS THE WORST PLANE FLIGHT I HAVE EVER BEEN ON

ABOUT AN HOUR INTO IT, WE NORMALLY FLY HOME AFTER THE GAMES THE GAME IN PHILADELPHIA WAS THE LATE LAST NIGHT A NATIONALLY TELEVISED GAME IT DID NOT START UNTIL 830 IN PHILLY BECAUSE OF THAT, THE DECISION WAS MADE TO SPEND THE NIGHT THERE IF I HOME THIS MORNING TO GET EVERYBODY ON A REGULAR SLEEP SCHEDULE

AN HOUR INTO THE FLIGHT TODAY IS WHEN THE NEWS BROKE WE WERE ALL HOPING AND PRAYING IT WAS WRONG AND THEIR A SOCIAL MEDIA YOU SEE SOMEBODY OR SOME ENTITY TWEET THE SOMETHING AS HORRIBLE AS THIS IS HAPPENED WE WERE HELPING THAT IT WAS SOME TYPE OF SICK COAX

WE FOUND OUT IT WAS NOT, YOU CAN IMAGINE, EVERYBODY ON THE PLANE IS CONNECTED TO BE AND HE WAS THE BRIGHTEST STAR IN OUR GALAXY FOR EVERY YEAR WE WERE THERE I TO GET THE NEWS IN THE AIR, AND TO WATCH THE REACTIONS OF EVERYBODY ON BOARD WAS THE WORST >> WHAT WERE SOME OF THE REACTIONS COMING FROM THE PLAYERS IN SHOP ON THE PLANE? >> THIS BELIEF COME ON, WHAT NOW WILL TURN OUT TO BE HIS LAST TWEET CAME LAST NIGHT

AFTER LeBRON JAMES PAST HIM ON THE NBA ALL-TIME SCORING LIST HE WAS MAGNANIMOUS HE HAS BEEN DOING INTERVIEWS TALKING ABOUT HOW HE THOUGHT IT WAS A COOL THING THE GUY IN ILLEGAL UNIFORM WAS GOING TO MOVE BY HIM ON THE LIST AND HOW HE WAS HAPPY FOR LeBRON JAMES THAT WAS THAT WEEK WAY TO GO, MAN

KEEP IT MOVING NOTHING BUT NICE THINGS TO SAY ABOUT LeBRON JAMES THOSE GUYS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A MUTUAL ADMIRATION SOCIETY WE HAVE PEOPLE IN A TRAVELING PARTY AND I AM ON THIS LIST OUR LIVELIHOODS OTHER JOBS ARE AS GOOD AS THEY ARE BECAUSE OF HIM

I KEEP USING THE WORD STAR IN HOLLYWOOD AND LOS ANGELES, IT IS A STAR DRIVEN TOWN AND HE WAS THE BRIGHTEST ONE OF ALL HE CAME TO THE LAKERS AND TEAMED UP WITH SHACK AND BROUGHT US ALL THE EXCITEMENT WAS STABLE CENTER OPENED

WHEN KOBE AND SHAQUILLE O'NEAL WON THOSE TITLES, THERE WAS NO LA LIVE YOU BEEN DOING TO REPORT THAT LA

LIVE WHEREVER ONE IS GOVERNED LA LIVE DID NOT EXIST AND MAYBE NEVER WOULD HAVE COME ALONG IF IT WERE NOT FOR KOBE BRYANT

THOSE GUYS DEALT DOWNTOWN STAPLES CENTER ENERGY UP AND THEY PUT THE BIG HOTEL UP THEY PUT UP THE NOKIA THEATER AND THE MICROSOFT THEATER THE NEWS TODAY, MY REACTION TO ALL OF THIS IS BETWEEN SADNESS, DISBELIEF AND SHOCK IN PARTS, ALL THREE

>> YOU ARE ONE OF THE FEW PEOPLE THAT HAVE SEEN KOBE BRYANT FROM DAY ONE, UP UNTIL TODAY YOU KNOW EXACTLY HOW HE OPERATES HOW HE FEELS A PASSION THAT HE HAS IN HIS HEART

HE WAS A GUY WHO REALLY, REALLY CARED ABOUT WEARING PURPLE AND GOLD >> MAYBE MORE THAN ANYONE IF YOU ASK WHO IS THE GREATEST LAKER OF ALL TIME, SOME PEOPLE WILL SAY, THE MOST POPULAR LAKER WAS MAGIC THE ALL-TIME LEADING SCORER IN THE NBA IS KAREEM THE LAKERS HAVE A RICH HISTORY

THE BRIGHTEST LAKER STORE EVER WAS KOBE BRYANT HE IS THE ONLY ONE WHO PLAYED 20 YEARS WITH THE LAKERS HE HOLDS ALMOST EVERY RECORD BECAUSE OF THAT, WE USED TO USE HIS NAME AS A VERB WE USED TO TELL PEOPLE, WHEN I WAS WORKING WITH YOU AT CHANNEL 2 AND THEN, WHEN I TRANSFERRED TO BECOME A LAKER BROADCASTER, IF WE COULD KEEP THE GAME CLOSE, WE COULD KOBE IT IN THE FOURTH QUARTER

WHICH WE WILL FOUR, WE JUST GIVE HIM THE BALL AND LET HIM WIN THE GAME HE WAS LIKE THE PIED PIPER HE HAS SUCH A FOLLOWING BECAUSE OF THAT HE BROUGHT SO MUCH FUN AS MUCH ENERGY IS A MUCH STAR POWER

THAT IS WHAT EVERYBODY TODAY, IS REACTING WITH SO MUCH EMOTION EVEN PEOPLE HE HAD NEVER MET, HE HAD BRIGHTENED THEIR WORLD BY PERFORMING AS WELL AS HE DID AND THAT IS WHY YOU ARE SAYING THIS REACTIONS FROM REPORTERS, WHEN THEY ASK PEOPLE ABOUT THE NEWS KOBE'S WORK ETHIC AND HIS DRIVE AND HIS POSITIVITY

IT IS SOMETHING YOU CAN TAKE IF YOU ARE A POLICEMAN OR FIREMAN OR AN ACTOR OR AN ACCOUNTANT OR SPORTS CASTER AND A PLATE TO YOU IS WHAT WE USED TO CALL THE MAMBA MENTALITY I THINK THAT IS WHY YOU SEE THE REACTION YOU SEE TODAY HE HAD THE ENERGY AROUND HIM, WHEREVER HE WENT

>> KEEP THE FAITH >> THAT IS THE VOICE OF THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS >>> A TREMENDOUS WORK ETHIC WE ALWAYS WANT TO SEE THE LAST SHOTS THAT KOBE BRYANT WOULD MAKE, TO WIN THE GAME FOR THE ESSENTIALS LAKERS WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT KOBE BRYANT

AND HIS BEAUTIFUL, LOVELY DAUGHTER THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE THAT WERE ON BOARD THE HELICOPTER SEVEN OTHERS WE ARE LIVE WITH A FAMILY MEMBER OF ONE OF THOSE VICTIMS >> Reporter: FOR THE PAST FEW HOURS THERE HAVE BEEN HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE COMING OUT HERE TO ORANGE COAST COLLEGE

SPECIFICALLY TO THE BASEBALL DIAMOND PEOPLE HERE, GRIEVING THAT IS BECAUSE JOHN ALTOBELLI, THE HEAD COACH FOR MANY, MANY YEARS ON THIS CAMPUS, IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN ONE OF THOSE KILLED, ALONG WITH HIS WIFE, CARRIE AND HIS DAUGHTER, ALYSSA WITH ME HERE, IS HIS BABY BROTHER, TONY TONY, LET'S FIRST TALK ABOUT, WITH REGARD TO THE CRASH, THERE IS SO LITTLE THAT YOU KNOW AT THIS POINT

>> I FIRST HEARD ABOUT IT I WAS WALKING AROUND BALBOA I GOT A TEXT MESSAGE FOR MY OLDER BROTHER ASKING IF I HAD HEARD ABOUT KOBE BRYANT HELICOPTER INCIDENT HE DID NOT KNOW THAT MY BROTHER MAY HAVE BEEN ON THE CHOPPER

I DID NOT HEAR ANYTHING ABOUT IT I STARTED TO CHECK THE INTERNET AND EVERYTHING WAS OVERLOADED I CANNOT GET A RESPONSE FROM THAT REACHED OUT TO ONE OF OUR COACHES HE ASKED ABOUT MY BROTHER

IT MADE ME CURIOUS IS STARTED TO TEXT COACHES ON THE BASEBALL FIELD ONE MY ASSISTANT COACHES AND TOLD ME THE NEWS THAT WAS THE FIRST I HEARD OF IT >> Reporter: WE WILL STEP ASIDE , AS WE CONTINUE TO TALK

SO THAT WE CAN SEE ALL OF THESE PLAYERS WHO ARE SHOWING UP AND EMBRACING ONE ANOTHER THERE ARE SO MANY TEARS BEING SHED WHAT THEY ARE TELLING ME ABOUT YOUR BROTHER, IS THAT THIS WAS A FAMILY HE WAS A FATHER AND A MENTOR YES, IT WAS ABOUT BASEBALL, BUT THERE WAS MUCH MORE GOING ON HERE

>> YES, WE ALWAYS TALK ABOUT THE PIRATE FAMILY WE TALKED ABOUT THAT TODAY WE TALKED ABOUT WHAT HE MEANT TO EVERYONE NOT JUST THE PLAYERS BUT THE PARENTS

THE TIME AND EFFORT HE PUT IN OVER THE 20 YEARS HE HAS BEEN HERE YOU LOOK AT THE FIELD AS THE TESTAMENT TO MY BROTHER THIS FIELD WAS NOT IN THE GREATEST SHAPE WHEN HE TOOK OVER THE PROGRAM IT IS NOW ONE OF THE TOP PROGRAMS IN THE NATION IT IS A LEGACY THAT UNFORTUNATELY, WAS CUT OFF WAY TOO SHORT

IT WILL LIVE ON FOR MANY YEARS >> Reporter: I WANT TO MENTION YOUR BROTHER WON FOUR DIGIT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS HERE AT ORANGE COAST COLLEGE LAST YEAR, HE WAS THE NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR WE WANT TO THANK YOU FOR SHARING WITH US WE KNOW THAT YOU HAVE LOST NOT ONLY HER BROTHER, BUT SISTER IN AND AND EAST

WE APPRECIATE IT WE ARE ALL, AS A COMMUNITY GROUPING WITH YOU >>> THE RED CARPET IS GOING ON IN ANTICIPATION OF THE GRAMMY BRITNEY HOPPER IS THERE >> OKAY, WE EXPECT TO HEAR FROM BRITNEY HOPPER ANY MINUTE NOW

BECAUSE THE LIVE SHOW FOR THE RED CARPET SHOW WILL START SOON WE DID WANT TO GET A LAST- MINUTE HIT TO GET MORE INFORMATION FROM HER THERE SHE IS >> Reporter: A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE SHOWING UP ON THE RED CARPET

IT IS A VERY SOMBER, SOMBER FEELING IF WE CAN MOVE THE CAMERA OVER HERE WE HAVE BILLY RAY CYRUS WE JUST SAW BLAKE SHELTON I WANT TO LIVE WITH SHEILA E

YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION TO MANY IN THE MUSIC WORLD YOU SADLY WERE TELLING ME EARLIER TODAY, YOU WERE DONE WITH PARCELS AND YOU WILL BE PERFORMING TONIGHT TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED WHEN YOU HEARD THIS HORRIBLE, TRAGIC NEWS OF KOBE BRYANT >> WE JUST GOT OFFSTAGE AT THEY LET US KNOW THAT KOBE HAD PASSED AWAY THEY GRABBED MY ARM AND SAID, WE HAVE TO TELL YOU THIS

MY KNEES BUCKLED I WAS IN DISBELIEF WE ARE IN KOBE'S HOUSE WE ARE DOING A SALVATION OF PRINTS AS WELL >> Reporter: AND NIPSEY HUSSLE

>> IT IS HORRIBLE, WHAT IS HAPPENING WE NEED TO CELEBRATE LIFE WE WILL DO THAT TONIGHT >> Reporter: CLEARLY, KOBE BRYANT WAS A HUGE FEATURE IN THE SPORTS WORLD ALSO, IN EVERYONE'S WORLD

>> HE HAS AFFECTED PEOPLE, THERE WAS NOT JUST WITH BASKETBALL THE THINGS HE HAS DONE WITH HIS PHILANTHROPY THERE ARE TONS OF THINGS TOOK SUCH A CHARITABLE MAN, FATHER AND HUSBAND >> THIS LOSS AND HIS DAUGHTER, IS TRAGIC

>> Reporter: AS MUCH AS YOU CAN, HAVE A NICE TIME TONIGHT ENJOY YOURSELF I APPRECIATE YOU COMING AND TALKING TO US ON LIVE TV THANK YOU SO MUCH I'M A HUGE FAN OF YOURS

WE TALKED TO A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE TONIGHT IT IS THE SAME THING A SOMBER DAY I THINK WE WILL GO TO A COUPLE OF SOUND RIGHTS I KEEP SAYING THIS

RICK ROSS DOES NOT SHOW MUCH EMOTION HE SHOWED A LOT OF EMOTION TO LISTEN >> LOSING A MASSIVE SUPERHERO FOR US LIKE THAT >> HEARTBROKEN

WE GREW UP WITH KOBE I KNOW THE CITY IS HURTING I AM DEFINITELY HURTING MOST UP URGENTLY, WE ARE PRAYING FOR HIS FAMILY HIS WIFE AND HIS FOR KIDS

HOPEFULLY, GOD WILL COMFORT THEM RIGHT NOW A SHOUT OUT TO KOBE BRYANT WE ARE IN HIS HOUSE IT IS HIS HOUSE FOREVER >> I'M NOT SURE HOW TO PUT IT INTO WORD

I JUST GOT THE NEWS I WAS GETTING DRESSED SOMEBODY TOLD ME I STOPPED WHAT I WAS DOING I WAITED A MINUTE

I ASKED THEM, WE CAN FROM THAT I DO NOT BELIEVE IT I DO NOT WANT TO BELIEVE THIS EVERY TIME WE CAME ACROSS EACH OTHER, I LET HIM KNOW I WAS DID GENUINE FAN HE WAS ALWAYS SO CLASSY

HE IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF SO MANY DIFFERENT LEVELS >> Reporter: WE ARE TOLD THE GRAMMYS HAVE HAD TO CHANGE THINGS UP TONIGHT IN ORDER TO PAY TRIBUTE TO KOBE BRYANT LIKE TO AT THE STAPLES CENTER KOBE BRYANT'S HOME AWAY FROM HOME

BRITNEY HOPPER, BACK TO YOU >>> BEFORE WE MOVE FORWARD, BRITNEY TALKED ABOUT CHANGING THE SHOW AT THE GRAMMYS SO MANY THINGS HAVE HAPPENED DURING THE GRAMMYS, AND A COINCIDENCE OF COURSE I REMEMBER, SEVERAL YEARS AGO

WHITNEY HOUSTON DIED PREMATURELY THEY HAD TO CHANGE THE SHOW FOR TRIBUTES TO HER SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENS WITH A SUPERSTAR LIKE KOBE BRYANT BELOVED BY SO MANY THAT IS HIS HOUSE

>> IN KOBE'S HOUSE >>> WHAT IS SO INTERESTING, IS WILL BE WINDS'S A SPORT HE INFLUENCES MUSIC AND CULTURE AND TO HAVE THIS HAPPEN IN HIS HOUSE THE GRAMMYS

ON THE NIGHT OF HIS DEATH IT IS AMAZING HOW IT INTERTWINES >> I HEARD SOMEONE ON THE RADIO EARLIER I HAD JUST LANDED, COMING TO WORK DO YOU REMEMBER WHERE YOU WERE WHEN JOHN KENNEDY DIED? THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE THAT WILL SAY, I CAN REMEMBER WHEN I WAS DOING WHEN KOBE BRYANT DIED HE WAS PART OF A NEW GENERATION

>>> WE WILL BREAK AWAY FROM CBS2 TO TAKE YOU TO THE GRAMMYS WE WILL CONTINUE OUR CONVERSATION HERE AND TO BE COVERAGE ON KCAL 9 THROUGHOUT THE EVENING WILL CONTINUE TO BRING IT HERE ON KCAL MY DIJ AND KICK OUT MY DIJCOM AND CBS2 DID GO TO THE GRAMMYS

>>> THE WORLD JOINS THE CITY AND MORNING THE SUDDEN DEATH OF KOBE BRYANT >>> HERE IS WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE TRAGEDY THAT IS HITTING ALMOST EVERYONE VERY HARD NINE PEOPLE ON BOARD THE AIRCRAFT IT WAS A SIKORSKY HELICOPTER

THEY WERE ON THEIR WAY TO A POSSIBLE GAME IN THOUSAND OAKS, WHEN THE CHOPPER WENT DOWN >>> IN ADDITION TO KOBE BRYANT AND HIS DAUGHTER GIANNA, ORANGE COAST COLLEGE BASEBALL COACH, JOHN ALTOBELLI HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS A VICTIM THE NTSB IS ON THE SCENE INVESTIGATING HOW THE HELICOPTER WENT DOWN WE ARE LOOKING AT THE WEATHER CONDITIONS RIGHT NOW IT WAS VERY FOGGY

>> SO MANY FANS ARE SHOCKED AND SADDENED ABOUT THE NEWS OF KOBE BRYANT'S DEATH >> WE WILL GO TO STAPLES CENTER THAT IS KOBE'S HOUSE, LET'S FACE IT WE HAVE SO MANY FANS THAT ARE OUT TO GIVE THEIR RESPECTS TO KOBE AND HIS FAMILY

LESLIE MARINE IS LIVE NOW I CAN JUST IMAGINE THE SEA OF FANS, SHOWING UP FOR A VERY DIFFERENT REASON TODAY IF YOU CAN THINK ABOUT ALL THE TIMES THERE WERE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO SHOWED UP FOR AT LAKERS PARADE, TO CHAIR KOBE BRYANT THIS TIME, IT IS VERY DIFFERENT AND VERY PAINFUL

>> Reporter: I WOULD SAY IT IS SURREAL FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE A LOT OF SHOCK IF WE COULD SWITCH A CAMERA AROUND, YOU WILL SEE GROWN MEN AND WOMEN IN TEARS, AS THEY DROP OFF FLOWERS AND JERSEYS AND BASKETBALLS PHOTOS OR WHATEVER THEY HAVE TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS TO KOBE BRYANT

THERE ARE LITERALLY SO MANY PEOPLE IN TEARS YOU CAN FEEL THE EMOTION IT IS SOMBER MANY PEOPLE TELLING ME THE REASON THEY CAME TO STAPLES CENTER IS BECAUSE THIS WAS KOBE'S SECOND HOME THIS IS WHERE THEY HAD JOYCE MOMENTS WITH HIM

IF YOU WANTED TO SEE KOBE BRYANT, YOU CAN FIND HIM HERE EVEN AFTER HE STOPPED PLAYING FOR THE LAKERS FANS LOOK FORWARD TO HIM STOPPING BY TO SPEAK TO GABRIL HERE HE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST FANS HERE, HE BROUGHT DOWN A FLORAL ARRANGEMENT

GABRIEL, WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE FOR YOU TO BE HERE? I KNOW THIS MOMENT LS VERY SURREAL FOR A LOT OF >>> WELL, WE'RE HERE, AND IT'S A SOMBER MOMENT, AND AT THE SAME TIME, WE'RE CELEBRATING KOBE FOR ALL THE GREATNESS HE'S BROUGHT TO LA, BEING AN AMAZING FATHER, A HUSBAND, A FRIEND, A BROTHER, EVERYONE THAT HE'S BEEN HERE A SON AND THE BEST BASKETBALL PLAYER OUT THERE

>> YOU TOLD ME THAT YOU WERE ACTUALLY OUT DOING THINGS WHEN YOU HEARD THIS WHEN YOU WENT TO GET THAT FLORAL ARRANGEMENT WHY DID YOU NEED TO BE AT THE STAPLES CENTER IN >> BECAUSE THIS IS THE HOUSE THAT KOBE BUILT THIS IS HIS DOMAIN, AND I FELT COMPELLED THAT AT HIS FAN, TO PAY RESPECTS TO KOBE, GIGI, EVERYONE WHO HAS PASSED

I JUST FELT I HAD TO COME DOWN HERE >> Reporter: WHEN YOU BROUGHT THIS FLOWER ARRANGEMENT DOWN, YOU FOUND OUT ABOUT HIS WIFE GIGI AS A FATHER, CAN YOU IMAGINE THIS EVER HAPPENING? >> NO, IT'S SO WE'RE ALL IN SHOCK, IT'S JUST TERRIBLE, BUT WHEN I FOUND OUT IT'S JUST HEART WRENCHING FOR EVERYONE EVERYONE HAS A BROKEN HEART I FELT HER MEMORY NEEDED TO BE SHARED AS WELL AS EVERYONE ELSE THAT WAS INVOLVED IN THIS

I FEEL THAT EVERYONE HERE IS JUST, WE'RE STILL IN SHOCK, AND WE'RE SHOWING OUR LOVE FOR KOBE, AND HIS FAMILY, AND EVERYONE >> THANK YOU SO MUCH, GABRIEL, FOR TALKING TO US AS SUZANNE WOULD SHOW YOU, THERE ARE PLENTY OF KOBE MEMORABILIA AROUND HERE, BUT ALSO ALL THE TV'S HERE AT LA LIVE HAVE THIS IN LOVING MEMORY OF KOBE BRYANT SIGN FLASHED ACROSS THE SCREEN

YOU CAN SEE ALL AROUND HERE, EVERY SO OFTEN, FANS WILL START TO CHEER KOBE THEY'RE GOING RIGHT NOW, YOU CAN HEAR THEM THEY'LL BE CHANTING MVP I WILL TELL YOU, WE'VE BEEN HERE FOR ABOUT TWO HOURS NOW, AND SOME FANS THAT ARE STANDING IN FRONT OF THIS MEMORIAL HAVE JUST NOT LEFT THEY'RE IN TEARS, THEY'RE IN DISBELIEF

ACROSS THE STREET, OF COURSE, THE GRAMMYS GOING ON AND LAPD HAS ALERTED PEOPLE NOT TO COME DOWN HERE, OBVIOUSLY, IT HASN'T STOPPED THEM, BUT THEY WANT TO CONTINUE TO STRESS, OBVIOUSLY, THEY HAVE ALL THE STREETS AROUND HERE BLOCKED OFF, BECAUSE THE GRAMMYS IS GOING ON AT STAPLES CENTER BUT AS YOU CAN SEE, HUNDREDS OF FANS ERE, I'LL TELL YOU AS TIME GOES BY, THIS LA LIVE AREA GETS EVEN MORE PACKED

BUT AS YOU CAN SEE, PEOPLE BRINGING DOWN FLOWERS THERE, IT'S VERY EMOTIONAL TO BE OUT HERE, BECAUSE PAT, LIKE YOU WERE SAYING, PEOPLE CAME HERE TO CELEBRATE KOBE, FOR SO MANY YEARS, CELEBRATE THE CHAMPIONSHIPS, CELEBRATE HIS RETIREMENT CELEBRATE HIS JERSEY BEING RETIRED ANYTIME THAT THEY WANT TO CELEBRATE KOBE, THEY WOULD COME DOWN IN FRONT OF STAPLES CENTER, AND TODAY THEY'RE REMEMBERING THIS GREAT LEGEND AT HIS SECOND HOME >> OKAY, LESLIE YOU WERE MENTIONING SOME OF THE STATISTICS THERE, PAT, WE SHOULD PROBABLY TAKE A MOMENT TO JUST KIND OF UNFURL JUST THE SUCCESS THAT HE HAD

HE WAS A FIVE TIME NBA CHAMPION KOBE, EIGHT TIME NBA ALL-STAR TWO TIME NBA SCORING CHAMPION, AND THEN AFTER BASKETBALL, HE WON THAT OSCAR, AND HE'S ALSO A TWO TIME OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST >> I'M HOPING WE CAN GET SOME VIDEO OF THAT LATER FOR OUR AUDIENCE THAT WAS JUST A VERY BEAUTIFUL PIECE, TOUCHING PIECE

AND YOU MENTIONED HIM WINNING THOSE GOLD MEDALS FOR THE UNITED STATES HE WAS JUST SUCH AN ACCOMPLISHED YOUNG MAN, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, I BELIEVE A FAMILY MAN >> JUST AS JIM HAD MENTIONED THERE ARE VERY FEW PEOPLE KNOWN BY THEIR FIRST NAME, AND KOBE IS CERTAINLY ONE OF THEM >> THE CHOPPER THAT KOBE BRYANT AND EIGHT OTHER PEOPLE WERE RIDING IN WAS ACTUALLY HEADED TO A YOUTH BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT IN THOUSAND OAKS >> JAKE REINER IS OUTSIDE THE MAMBA SPORTS ACADEMY, WHERE KOBE'S DAUGHTER WAS SET TO PLAY TODAY

>> Reporter: JEFF AND PAT, WE'VE BEEN TALKING ALL AFTERNOON ABOUT WHAT KOBE HAS MEANT TO THE COMMUNITY, AND I THINK THIS ILLUSTRATES IT SO YOU CAN TAKE A LOOK AT THE CROWD THAT HAS BEEN GATHERED IN THOUSAND OAKS PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DROPPING OFF FLOWERS, TELLING KOBE STORIES I SPOKE TO A FATHER WHO TOLD ME HIS DAUGHTER WAS SET HERE TO PLAY TODAY, BUT ALL OF THOSE GAMES HAVE BEEN CANCELED HE ALSO TOLD ME KOBE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE HERE TO COACH HIS DAUGHTER IN A BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT CALLED THE MAMBA CUP, WHICH IS A SERIOUS OF BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS FOR YOUTH BASKETBALL HERE, AND IT IS A WEEKEND TOURNAMENT THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO END TODAY

HE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE HERE AT 2:00 TO COACH THAT GAME SO VERY SOMBER MOOD HERE PEOPLE SHARING STORIES, AND OBVIOUSLY TEARS AS WELL I SPOKE WITH A NUMBER OF THE KIDS THAT HAVE BEEN FITTED FROM THE MAMBA SPORTS ACADEMY TODAY ONE OF THEM ACTUALLY GOT TO SPEND SOME TIME WITH KOBE DURING A SPORTS, A BASKETBALL CAMP, ONE SUMMER, AND I SPOKE TO HIM ABOUT WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO LEARN FROM THE GREAT KOBE BRYANT

>> I WAS AWE STRUCK IT WAS AMAZING IT FELT LIKE I WAS IN HEAVEN HAVING FUN LEARNING STUFF

>> WHAT DID YOU LEARN? >> I LEARNED THAT, HOW TO GET OFF YOUR DEFENDER AND LIKE GET OFF OF HIM, AND STUFF >> HOW ARE YOU FEELING TODAY, BUDDY? >> SAD DEPRESSED >> WHAT DID KOBE MEAN TO YOU AS A LAKERS FAN, AND BASKETBALL FAN? >> HE MEANT TO ME AS MY DAD >> AND THAT KIND OF ILLUSTRATES HOW A LOT OF KIDS LOOKED UP TO HIM AS A FATHER FIGURE

AS SOMEONE THAT WAS VERY INFLUENTIAL IN THEIR LIVES AND BACK LIVE, YOU CAN SEE THE CROWD STILL OUT HERE THEY HAVE BEEN COMING IN DROVES ALL AFTERNOON IT'S JUST REMARKABLE TO HEAR EVERYBODY'S STORY, THEIR CONNECTION, WHEN THEY'VE EITHER SEEN KOBE AT A GAME, OR MET HIM IN PERSON I KNOW THAT I'VE HAD MANY ARGUMENTS OVER MY LIFETIME ABOUT WHO THE GREATEST BASKETBALL PLAYER IS OF ALL- TIME

I'M ALWAYS ARGUING, THAT IF YOU WANT SOMEONE IN THE FOURTH QUARTER, WITH THE BALL, THE GAME ON THE LINE, IT'S A CLOSE TIE, I THINK BETWEEN KOBE AND MICHAEL JORDAN BUT YOU KNOW, AS SOMEONE THAT'S GROWN UP IN LOS ANGELES, OF COURSE, I WOULD TAKE KOBE BRYANT IN THAT MATCH UP OF COURSE, WITH THE GAME ON THE LINE, YOU'VE GOT TO GIVE IT TO THE MAMBA SO THAT'S THE SCENE OUT HERE WE WILL CONTINUE TO BRING YOU THE LATEST, AND STICK WITH US ON KCAL9, AND CBS 2

WE'LL SEE YOU IN THE STUDIO >> LOVE THOSE MEMORYING, JAKE I CERTAINLY KNOW EXACTLY WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT FOR THOSE OF US THAT HAVE GROWN UP WITH SO MANY OF THESE WONDERFUL PLAYERS TO HEAR JAKE SAY THAT I DON'T KNOW, WOULD IT BE KOBE, WOULD IT BE MICHAEL JORDAN? I'M JUST GOING TO MENTION LeBRON, SINCE HE DID BREAK KOBE'S RECORD LAST NIGHT

HE IS GOING TO BE SPOKEN OF, ALREADY IS, IN THAT VEIN CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT IT IS NOW, WHAT IT IS GOING TO BE? THAT'S ALL BECAUSE OF WHAT HE BROUGHT TO THE GAME VERY QUICKLY, JEFF, I INTERVIEWED KOBE, I WANT TO SAY MAYBE 2008, WE WERE STILL SHOWING THE LAKERS ON KCAL I WENT TO MEET HIM ACTUALLY IN SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA, AND I TALKED TO JOHN IRELAND BEFORE I DID IT, TO SAY, YOU KNOW, I'M NOT GOING TO TALK TO HIM ABOUT STATS AND THINGS LIKE THAT, THAT'S NOT MY LANE AND YOU HEARD SO MUCH ABOUT HOW KOBE WAS PRETTY QUIET

HE DIDN'T JUST LIKE TO TALK TO EVERYBODY HE DIDN'T LIKE TO ANSWER A LOT OF QUESTIONS HE SAYS PAT, I BET IF YOU ASKED HIM ABOUT HIS FAMILY, HE WILL JUST OPEN UP THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT I DID AT THE TIME, THE TWO OLDEST BOYS WERE BORN, AND IT WAS LIKE WE WERE TALKING ABOUT EACH OTHER, LIKE ON A LIVING ROOM SOFA, TALKING FOR THE FIRST TIME, LAUGHING AND SMILING

AND YOU KNOW, I'M OBVIOUSLY GOING TO REMEMBER THAT, BUT AGAIN, I WAS SUCH A HUGE FAN I JUST REMEMBER WHEN HE CAME HERE >> THAT WAS ON THE MIND OF SO MANY PEOPLE THIS MORNING, WHEN THEY HEARD THAT KOBE BRYANT WAS POSSIBLY WITH ONE OF HIS DAUGHTERS OBVIOUSLY, HE WAS GOING WITH HIS DAUGHTER TO THE MAMBA SPORTS ACADEMY FOR A BASKETBALL GAME THAT IS JUST LIKE THE FAMILY MAN THAT WE'VE HEARD OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN

WHAT IS INTERESTING, YOU MENTIONED JOHN IRELAND, HE HAD MENTIONED BEFORE, THERE WAS A POINT IN TIME WHERE KOBE'S NAME BECAME A VERB THEY WOULD SAY, WE WOULD JUST KOBE IT AT THE END, IN A TIGHT GAME HE WOULD JUST TAKE HIM OVER THE TOP AS WE TAKE A LOOK AT THESE LIVE PICTURES THIS IS THE STAPLES CENTER WHERE THE GRAMMY'S ARE GOING HOLD, AND THESE PEOPLE ARE THERE FOR KOBE BRYANT

>> WE'VE SEEN THIS OUTPOURING BEFORE, BUT FOR VERY, VERY DIFFERENT REASONS REMEMBER WHEN HE RETIRED? THAT WAS ONE OF THE MOST ILLUMINATING NIGHTS NOT JUST IN SPORTS HISTORY, BUT HISTORY, PERIOD BECAUSE FOR PEOPLE TO COME UP AND SHOW THE LOVE, AND TO THANK HIM FOR ALL THOSE YEARS THAT HE GAVE TO THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES THE FIVE CHAMPIONSHIPS

JUST THE 150% EFFORT THAT HE GAVE EVERY TIME HE WAS ON THE COURT TO SEE THEM NOW, I WOULD BE SURPRISED IF THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS NOT JUST THIS EVENING AGAIN, I CAN'T HELP BUT THINK ABOUT SO MANY OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE THAT HE TOUCHED, AND WANT TO BE LIKE KOBE, BUT ALSO WERE JUST INSPIRED TO BETTER THEMSELVES, BECAUSE HE PROVED WHAT YOU CAN DO THROUGH HARD WORK THAT'S WHAT HE'S ABOUT I THINK THAT'S ANOTHER REASON WHY IN THE BEGINNING, YOU DIDN'T JUST WELCOME MEDIA ATTENTION, BECAUSE HE WAS ABOUT THE WORK, AND I LET THE WORK SPEAK FOR HIMSELF

>> WE'VE BEEN HEARING A LOT OF REACTION HERE ON KCAL 9 WE CONTINUE TO FOLLOW ALL OF THAT REACTION COMING IN ON SOCIAL MEDIA >> THERE'S SO MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE WEIGHED IN ON SOCIAL MEDIA, INCLUDING PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP WE'RE GOING TO GO NOW TO TINA WITH MORE ON THIS

>> YOU CAN IMAGINE, JUST EVERYONE SEEMS TO HAVE AN OPINION, BECAUSE KOBE HAS BEEN PART OF OUR COLLECTIVE LIVES FOR SO LONG PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, SHAQ, JUST A FEW OF THE PEOPLE TWEETING ABOUT THIS SHAQ SAID THERE'S NO WORDS TO EXPRESS THIS PAIN I'M GOING THROUGH, LOSING MY NIECE GIGI AND MY BROTHER KOBE BRYANT I LOVE YOU, AND YOU'LL BE MISSED MY CONDOLENCES GOES OUT TO THE BRYANT FAMILY AND THE FAMILIES OF THE OTHER PASSENGERS ONBOARD

I AM SICK RIGHT NOW AND KOBE, WE LOVE YOU BROTHER, WE APPRECIATE THE LIFE YOU LIVED AND ALL THE INSPIRATION YOU GAVE JOHN LEGEND TWEETED I'M SO SAD AND STUNNED RIGHT NOW IN STAPLES ARENA, PREPARING TO PAY TRIBUTE TO ANOTHER BRILLIANT MAN WE LOST TOO SOON NIPSEY HUSSLE, LIFE CAN BE SO BRUTAL, AND SENSELESS

HOLD ONTO YOUR LOVED ONES FORMER PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID KOBE WAS JUST GETTING STARTED IN WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN JUST AS MEANING AS A SECOND ACT TO LEASE GIANNA IS JUST AS UNTHINKABLE TO US KOBE BRYANT, KNOWN IN SO MANY DIFFERENT WORLDS IS GONE JUST A FEW OF THE TWEETS WE'RE SEEING, ALL OF THESE FOLKS TALKING ABOUT ON SOCIAL MEDIA

>> VERY BIG OUTPOURING TINA, ALL OF THAT COMING TO US FROM SOCIAL MEDIA LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THIS PICTURE HERE THIS IS GOING TO BE THE LIVE LOOK AT THE STAPLES CENTER THIS IS WHERE THE GRAMMYS ARE TONIGHT, BUT YOU SEE THERE IN THE BILLBOARD, YOU SEE THE CROWDS THEY'RE ALL THERE FOR KOBE BRYANT

WE CAN TELL YOU THAT THE FLIGHT FROM LONG BEACH WAS TO MAMBA SPORTS ACADEMY IN THOUSAND OAKS WHEN THAT HELICOPTER WENT DOWN ABOUT 9:45 THIS MORNING IN CALABASAS 9 PEOPLE ONBOARD WE HAVE CONFIRMED NOW OF SIX VICTIMS WE HAVE KOBE OF COURSE, HIS 13- YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER, GIANNA WE HAVE JOHN ALTOBELLI, HIS WIFE CARRIE, AND DAUGHTER ALLISSA, ALONG WITH CHRISTINA MAUSER, WHO IS A BASKETBALL COACH AT HOWARD DAY

>> SOMETHING WE'RE GOING TO SEE PLAY OUT OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS, THIS IS NOT A SCENE WE'RE GOING TO SEE JUST FOR THIS EVENING I THINK PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE CREATING MORE MEMORIALS, AND GATHERING IN PLACES ALL OVER LA FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS YOU HAVE TO IMAGINE, THERE ARE FUNERALS THAT NEED TO BE PLANNED FOR KOBE BRYANT

I IMAGINE THAT WILL INCLUDE SOME KIND OF LARGE PUBLIC GATHERING IN LOS ANGELES >> LET'S ASSUME THE STAPLES CENTER >> ABSOLUTELY OF COURSE, WE DON'T HAVE DETAILS ON ANY OF THAT YET, AS THIS IS JUST DEVELOPING A LOT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO PROCESS THIS INFORMATION FOR THE FAMILIES

TO PROCESS THIS INFORMATION THIS IS SOMETHING WE WILL OSTENSIBLY BE SEEING IN THE COMING WEEKS I THINK THAT IS GOING TO BE ANOTHER MOMENT WHEN THE CITY PAUSES AND REALIZES THE IMPACT THAT KOBE BRYANT HAD ON THIS COMMUNITY, AND LOVERS OF BASKETBALL PEOPLE REALLY, ESPECIALLY GROWING UP HERE, PEOPLE REALLY BONDED OVER KOBE BRYANT, AND WHAT HE DID FOR THE LAKERS, AND PEOPLE REALLY BONDED, JUST, YOU KNOW FAMILIES I'VE BEEN GETTING TEXTS FROM FRIENDS WHO ARE JUST TALKING ABOUT WHAT AN INCREDIBLE ROLE KOBE PLAYED IN THEIR CHILDHOOD, IN THEIR ADULTHOOD, AND JUST THEIR LOVE OF THE GAME OF BASKETBALL

IT'S TRANSFORMATIVE, AND IT'S A REALLY SAD DAY I DO WANT TO SAY, IT'S SUCH A SAD DAY FOR HIS DAUGHTER, AND FOR VANESSA AND THEIR FAMILIES HIS COACH'S FAMILY, THIS IS AN EQUALLY SAD, AND DEVASTATING DAY FOR THEM >> YOU MENTIONED THOSE MEMORIALS THOSE ARE GROWING

WE HAVE AT THE CALABASAS CRASH SITE WE HAVE THEM AT STAPLES CENTER, WHICH YOU SEE THERE WE KNOW IT'S AT HOME AND NEWPORT BEACH, WE UNDERSTAND, IT'S ALSO OUT AT THE MAMBA ACADEMY IN THOUSAND OAKS THIS IS JUST A FEW HOURS OLD, AND THIS IS GOING TO GROW AND GROW >> LOOK AT THIS LIVE SHOT

IT'S JUST AMAZING TO SEE HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE GATHERED DOWN THERE I KNOW WE'VE BEEN TALKING IN THE LAST HOUR OR SO, SAYING LAPD WAS TELLING PEOPLE NOT TO GATHER OBVIOUSLY, RESOURCES ARE ARE GOING TO BE THIN WHEN YOU HAVE THE GRAMMYS, AND ALL THE RESOURCES POURED INTO THAT EVENT AND NOW YOU HAVE THIS LARGE GATHERING OF PEOPLE, WHICH LAPD NOW HAS TO CONTEND WITH, SO THEY'RE TRYING TO DO THEIR BEST TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE STAY SAFE IN THIS KIND OF A SITUATION I THINK THAT'S PROBABLY WHY THEY'RE ASKING FOR PEOPLE TO STAY BACK

THIS GOES TO SHOW JUST HOW MUCH PEOPLE REALLY LOVE KOBE AND WHAT HE MEANS TO THEM AND HOW MUCH HE'LL BE MISSED >> ON THE GROUND RIGHT NOW IS THE NTSB, THEY'LL BE INVESTIGATING THIS HELICOPTER CRASH IN CALABASAS THERE ARE 18 MEMBERS OF THE NTSB WE HAD A PRESS CONFERENCE EARLIER THEY SAID THIS IS NO SMALLER, OR LARGER THAN ANY OTHER NTSB INVESTIGATION

THEY SAID THAT THE BODIES, THE NINE BODIES REMAIN THERE ON THE SCENE, AND THAT'S PART OF THE INVESTIGATION THAT WILL CONTINUE WITH NTSB ANY NEW INFORMATION WE GET ON THAT, OF COURSE, WE'LL BRING THAT TO YOU HERE ON KCAL9 WE TALKED WITH JERRY WEST, WHO SAID THAT KOBE HAD AN ENORMOUS DESIRE TO SUCCEED, WAS AN INSPIRATION TO ALL MAGIC JOHNSON SAID NOBODY TOOK MORE PRIDE IN PUTTING ON A LAKERS UNIFORM, AND DOC RIVERS SAYS, A GREAT OPPONENT, AND THAT'S WHAT YOU WANT IN SPORTS SOMEBODY TO PLAY AGAINST LIKE KOBE BRYANT

>> AND HE WAS REALLY, REALLY EMOTIONAL, AS THE CLIPPERS HAD THEIR MATCH UP TODAY, CRYING TO THE MEDIA, TALKING ABOUT HOW HE NEEDED TO GO TALK TO THE TEAM HIS VOICE WAS SHAKING IT WAS REALLY, REALLY SAD JUST TO SEE HOW MUCH PAIN HE WAS IN THE ROCKETS PLAYING TYSON CHANDLER WAS CRYING

SOMETIMES SOME OF THE PLAYERS IN THE LAST COUPLE OF HOURS WERE GETTING THE NEWS ON THE COURT THERE IS A LOT OF CONVERSATION ABOUT, YOU KNOW, WHETHER THE GAMES SHOULD BE PLAYED, OR WHY THEY'RE STILL BEING PLAYED, AND OBVIOUSLY, A LOT GOES INTO CANCELING GAMES AT THE LAST MINUTE CERTAINLY FANS ARE BEING CONSIDERED IN THIS PROCESS AS WELL BUT IT IS A HARD DAY FOR PLAYERS IN THE NBA TODAY, WHO HAVE TO GO ON AND PLAY THEIR GAMES LIKE NOTHING HAPPENED THIS MAN WAS A FRIEND TO THEM

AND OBVIOUSLY, JUST THIS LOSS OF LIFE IS SO DEVASTATING FOR THESE PLAYERS WE DO HAVE SOME NEW INFORMATION, ASIDE FROM KOBE BRYANT, WE HAVE CONFIRMED IDENTITIES OF SOME OF THE OTHER VICTIMS WE ARE WORKING TO BRING YOU THAT INFORMATION RIGHT NOW A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING ABOUT, YOU KNOW, WHO ELSE WAS ON THIS AIRCRAFT WE KNOW MULTIPLE VICTIMS INVOLVED

WE'VE CONFIRMED KOBE BRYANT'S 13-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER, GIANNA WAS ALSO KILLED >> KOBE HAD ALSO COACHED GIANNA'S AAU TEAM THEY WERE ALL REPORTEDLY HEADED TO THAT AAU GAME WHEN THAT HELICOPTER CRASHED >> WE KNOW JOHN ALTOBELLI WAS AMONG THE VICTIMS AS WELL AS HIS WIFE AND DAUGHTER JUST DEVASTATING FOR THIS LOCAL FAMILY

ALTOBELLI WAS ENTERING HIS 24th SEASON AS ORANGE COAST COLLEGE'S COACH HE WAS SELECTED AS THE AMERICAN BASEBALL ASSOCIATION'S NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR AFTER HE LED THE PIRATES TO A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP IT IS JUST HARD TO IMAGINE WHAT COACH ALTOBELLI'S FAMILY IS FEELING NOW WE WANT TO SEND OUR DEEPEST, DEEPEST, CONDOLENCES TO THEM THIS IS JUST A TERRIBLE DAY FOR THAT COMMUNITY, FOR THAT FAMILY AS WELL

HE HAD A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY, AND WE'RE JUST THINKING OF THEM NOW >> THIS IS A PICTURE OF ALTOBELLI'S WIFE HERE, HER NAME IS CARRIE JOHN ALTOBELLI KNOWN BY HIS COACH SQUAD AS COACH ALTO, SHE, AND DAUGHTER ALLISSA WERE ALSO ONBOARD THAT HELICOPTER IN THE CRASH MAUSER WAS A BASKETBALL COACH, WHERE KOBE'S DAUGHTER ATTENDED HE AND HIS CHILDREN OF COURSE DEVASTATED

>> JUST A REALLY TOUGH DAY FOR ALL OF THESE COMMUNITIES WE'RE THINKING ABOUT ALL OF THEM TODAY, AND THE PAIN THEY MUST BE FEELING IS IMMENSE OBVIOUSLY, KOBE BRYANT WAS WELL KNOWN, BUT ALL OF THESE PEOPLE HAD FAMILIES WHO CARE ABOUT THEM IT'S JUST REALLY, REALLY HARD, AND A DIFFICULT STORY FOR US TO COVER FOR SURE WE HAVE REPORTERS ALL OVER THE AREA

WE KNOW JEFF NGUYEN WAS AT THE PRACTICE FACILITY >> HE'S AT THE LAKERS PRACTICE FACILITY LET'S GO TO HIM NOW JEFF, WHAT'S THE LATEST? >> Reporter: HEY, IF I'D BE ABLE TO ASK MARK TO PAN THE CAMERA OFF ME, A UNDERSTAND SHOW YOU THE DOZENS OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE GATHERED OUT HERE THERE IS A GROWING MEMORIAL OF PEOPLE HERE, SHEDDING TEARS, BUT ALSO SMILING AND SHARING STORIES ABOUT KOBE BRYANT

SOME OF THEM HERE ARE MY NEW FRIENDS TAYLOR AND KEENAN YOU COACHED SOME YOUNG PLAYERS THAT KOBE WAS VERY ACTIVE IN COACHING AS WELL TALK TO ME ABOUT HIS PARTICIPATION IN THAT PROGRAM, AND WHAT HE MEANT TO THE KIDS AND TO YOU >> WE HAD A CHAMPIONSHIP BASKETBALL TEAM FOR YEARS YEARS AND YEARS

COACH OUT TO COACH M HE WAS THE ONE WHO GOT KOBE TO COME KOBE WOULD LITERALLY COME AND SIT WITH ALL OF OUR BASKETBALL PLAYERS AND TELL THEM BECAUSE WESTCHESTER WAS A PREDOMINANTLY BLACK SCHOOL, IT BEING A PREDOMINANTLY BLACK SCHOOL, AND GROWING UP AS A MINORITY YOU ARE PRETTY MUCH TOLD, YOU WON'T MAKE IT

IT'S NOT A POSSIBILITY HE WOULD COME AND TELL THESE KIDS, AS LONG AS YOU HAVE THAT WORK ETHIC, AS LONG AS YOU KEEP TRYING, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE THAT MAN HAD SO MANY RINGS, SO MANY REWARDS, JUST DID SO MUCH FOR THE COMMUNITY, AND HE WASN'T EVEN FROM HERE TO MAKE SURE THAT KIDS WHO LIVE IN LA

BLACK KIDS, HISPANIC KIDS, ANYONE, THAT'S NOT COMMON OUT HERE ESPECIALLY FOR A CELEBRITY SO SOMEONE WHO HAS THAT BIG OF, JUST EVERYTHING UPON HIM YOU CAN'T PUT ONE THING ON THIS MAN, AND HE DID EVERYTHING IN HIS POWER TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE BASKETBALL PLAYERS KNEW THAT IT WAS POSSIBLE AND A LOT OF THEM DID GO AND GET SCHOLARSHIPS FOR BASKETBALL

A LOT OF THEM ARE VERY SUCCESSFUL NOW I'M PRETTY SURE THEY CAN SAY THE SAME THING LIKE MEETING HIM THOSE FOUR YEARS CHANGED THEIR LIVES IT CHANGED MY LIFE, AND I JUST GOT TO WORK WITH THE MAN IMAGINE PLAYING WITH HIM

>> YOU MENTIONED YOUNG PEOPLE OF COLOR IN WESTCHESTER FOR THOSE OF US FAMILIAR, THIS IS A WORKING NEIGHBORHOOD, RIGHT, AND TO SEE SOMEONE LIKE KOBE WHO WAS FLUENT IN ITALIAN FLUENT IN SPANISH TALK TO ME ABOUT THE IMPACT THAT THAT HAD ON YOUNG PEOPLE OF COLOR >> YEAH, I'VE NEVER BEEN TO ITALY, BUT GROWING UP IN L

A, YOU HAVE FRIENDS OF ALL DIFFERENT ETHNICITIES WE ALL KNOW EVERY ETHNICITY HAS DIFFERENT CULTURES, AND THIS MANMADE ALL THE CULTURES HE LEARNED INTO ONE COHESIVE THING, AND TAUGHT EVERYBODY THAT HIS TEMPERAMENT ME BEING AN ATHLETE MYSELF, IF YOU GET ON THE COURT, EVERYONE'S AN ENEMY, BUT OFF THAT COURT HE WAS A GENTLEMAN

HE DID THINGS FOR PEOPLE THAT YOU WOULDN'T EVEN EXPECT A CELEBRITY TO DO HE PUT HIS HAND OUT TO SHAKE PEOPLE'S HANDS, AND SOME CELEBRITIES JUST WALKED PAST THIS MAN PLAYED WITH A TORN ACHILLES THERE'S THING THIS MAN HAS DONE, NOT ONLY FOR HIMSELF, FOR HIS TEAM, FOR HIS FAMILY, FOR EVERYONE IN LA THAT WILL FOREVER BE REMEMBERED

AND THE DIFFERENT CULTURES THAT HE LEARNED DEFINITELY MADE HIM A BETTER PERSON, BECAUSE OF THE TEMPERAMENT HE HAD JUST THE WAY HE CARRIED HIMSELF TO SAY THE CULTURES HE HAD DIDN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THAT, TO BE EMBRACED THAT WOULD BE INSANE >> IF YOU WERE SOMEONE FROM A WORKING CLASS NEIGHBORHOOD, THE IDEA OF HAVING TO GRIND IT OUT, DAY IN AND DAY OUT WITHOUT A MULTIMILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT, THAT'S A TEMPERAMENT >> I REMEMBER BEING 17, MY SENIOR YEAR, HAVING SURGERY ON MY STOMACH AND THEY TOLD ME I COULDN'T PLAY

I THOUGHT IF KOBE PLAYED WITH A TONE ACHILLES, I CAN PLAY WITH TEN STITCHES IN MY STOMACH EVERYONE WHO GOT HURT, WHO WAS AN ATHLETE, THEY'RE LIKE, IF KOBE CAN DO IT, I CAN DO IT KOBE HAD AN IMPACT, IF YOU'RE A FEMALE, A MALE, NO MATTER WHAT YOU DID IN LIFE, YOU SAID KOBE YOU WOULD SHOOT A PAPER BALL INSIDE OF A TRASH CAN SO KOBE IS SYNONYMOUS TO LA

YOU CAN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN KOBE SO THE FACT THAT HE'S GONE, GIGI'S GONE, HER TEAMMATE, THAT TEAMMATE'S PARENT IT'S SAD THAT PILOT, IT'S REALLY SAD ONE OF THOSE SITUATIONS TO WHERE YOU WOULD NEVER THINK THAT SOMEONE LIKE KOBE, ESPECIALLY HIS 13-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER, WOULD BE TAKEN LIKE THAT

ESPECIALLY ON SOMETHING THAT HE DOES ON A DAILY BASIS I'VE PASSED THAT HELICOPTER PAD BEFORE IT'S A LITTLE SHAKEN, YOU KNOW? TEARS HAVE BEEN FALLEN TODAY'S GOING TO BE A HARD DAY FOR EVERYONE IN LA

FOR SURE >> I DON'T WANT TO BE RUDE TO KEENAN, HE'S BEEN SO POLITE YOU LED THE FOLKS OVER HERE IN A CHANT YOU'RE SMILING ABOUT IT SO WHY DON'T YOU TELL ME ABOUT THAT CHANT? A LOT OF PEOPLE GAVE YOU A LOT OF PROPS FOR IT WHEN THEY PASSED BY EARLIER

CAN YOU KIND OF REPLICATE THAT FOR ME? >> I WAS SAYING, IF KOBE AND HIS DAUGHTER WERE BEING INTRODUCED INTO HEAVEN, WHOEVER YOU BELIEVE, GOD, ALLAH, BUDDHA, WHOEVER, IT WOULD GO A LITTLE SOMETHING LIKE INTRODUCING THE 6'6" SHOOTING GUARD FROM LOWER MERIAN HIGH SCHOOL, TWO TIME MVP, HOLDS THE SECOND MOST POINTS IN A GAME AT 81, FIRST TIME UNANIMOUS BALLOT FOR THE HALL OF FAME, INTRODUCING, GOD YOU GOT A GOOD ONE, KOBE BEAN BRYANT! SO SOMETHING LIKE THAT THEY LOVED IT AND IT MADE ME FEEL BETTER I'VE BEEN DOWN SHE WOULD TELL YOU TOO, I'M A SHOE CONNOISSEUR SOMETIME

SO I CAME AND BROUGHT MY MOM OUT SIGNED THEM IT'S GOING TO BE A HARD DAY AS WE WERE SAYING TOO, KOBE DID PUT A TEMPLATE OUT, JUST TO SAY SOMEBODY ON KOBE'S SYSTEM, PLAYING HEART THE LANGUAGE HE USED THAT ON THE COURT

HE LEARNED FRENCH TO TALK MESS TO TONY PARKER TALKING TO LUKA ON THE SIDELINE LAST WEEK NOW WE'RE SITTING AT HERE LOOKING AT HIM FROM THIS SIDE OF THINGS, AND THE DAUGHTER, AND UNFORTUNATELY THE PEOPLE WHO WERE ON THE HELICOPTER I'M JUST GLAD, OF COURSE MY CHILDREN WHEN I DO HAVE THEM, ONE DAY, I'M HAPPY AND BLESSED TO SAY I LIVED IN THE SAME WORLD AS KOBE BRYANT >> YOU WERE SAYING, HIS LEGACY WASN'T JUST BASKETBALL

THE MAN WON AN OSCAR HE'S BEHIND A MILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT FUND TO SEE SOMEONE PUT FORTH HIS MONEY TO MAKE THESE INVESTMENTS AND TELL STORIES THAT ARE OTHERWISE NOT TOLD, YOUR REACTION TO THAT >> IT IS VERY NECESSARY, AND IS STILL NECESSARY YOU COME ACROSS ATHLETES, AND MOST OF TIME YOU'RE DONE

SOME COACH, SOME DO TRAINING ON THE SIDE KOBE WROTE BOOKS, KOBE DIRECTED, KOBE COACH THAT'S THE MEANING OF THAT, KOBE SAYS SOMETHING, YOU DON'T PUT A CEILING ON YOURSELF YOU BE AN ANIMAL OF A DIFFERENT BEAST, AND I MIGHT GET THAT TATTOOED ON ME WE'LL SEE

>> Reporter: TAYLOR, LET ME TURN THE CAMERA BACK TO YOU ONE MORE TIME YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT THE SORT OF DAD HE WAS, A LOT OF PEOPLE TALK ABOUT NOT HAVING A SON TO CARRY ON HIS LEGACY YOU'RE SMILING TELL ME WHY YOU'RE SMILING >> FOR ONE, I'M THE MIDDLE CHILDOF THREE GIRLS AND TWO STEPSISTERS

MY DAD IS ONE OF THOSE DADS, WHO DIDN'T HAVE A SON TO CONTINUE HIS LEGACY JUST LIKE KOBE WAS SAYING, MY DAD WOULD SAY, IT DOESN'T MATTER GIGI PLAYED BASKETBALL JUST LIKE HE DID, AND WAS AN AMAZING PLAYER HE HAS THREE OTHER DAUGHTERS WHO ARE AMAZING AND HE HAS FOUR BEAUTIFUL HEALTHY GIRLS AND THAT'S ALL I CARE ABOUT

IF THEY WANT TO PLAY BASKETBALL, COOL IF NOT, THAT'S FINE AS LONG AS THEY'RE SUCCESSFUL, AND HAVE PASSION WITH WHATEVER THEY WANT TO DO, THAT'S EVERY DAD'S DREAM JUST THINKING ABOUT MY DAD IF I DON'T FOLLOW IN HIS FOOTSTEPS, HE WON'T BE COMPLETELY UPSET

IT'S VERY SAD AND HEART TURNING TO KNOW THOSE THREE GIRLS HAVE TO NOW GROW UP, AND THINK MY DAD WOULD LOVE FOR ME TO DO THIS I KNOW THOSE GIRLS ARE GOING TO BLEED KOBE FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIFE THAT'S ALL THEY KNEW, AND NOT HAVING A SON IS NOT THE BIGGEST DOWNFALL >> Reporter: YOU WERE BOTH SO GRACIOUS THANK YOU FOR SHARING THOSE STORIES

THANK YOU SO MUCH BEFORE WE HAND IT BACK TO YOU, I'M GOING TO STEP OUT OF THE WAY, SO YOU CAN GET ONE MORE LOOK AT THE GROWING MEMORIAL HERE >> ONE OF THE MANY MEMORIALS ACROSS THE SOUTHLAND THIS IS AT THE LA

LAKERS PRACTICE FACILITY THAT IS WHERE PEOPLE ARE GATHERING THEY'RE ALSO GATHERING, OF COURSE AT THE STAPLES CENTER THAT'S HOME OF THE LAKERS, AS WELL AS THE CRASH SITE IN CALABASAS, ALSO IN THOUSAND OAKS AT THE MAMBA CENTER >> THAT WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE INTERVIEWS OF THE DAY, I THINK

THAT WAS JUMP SO TOUCHING A BIG FAN OF KOBE BRYANT JAKE, I KNOW YOU GREW UP HERE TOO, AND THIS IS HITTING YOU HARD PERSONALLY YOU'RE STANDING IN THOUSAND OAKS AT THE MAMBA SPORTS ACADEMY THE TRAINING ACADEMY ESTABLISHED BY KOBE BRYANT

YOU'RE STANDING WITH A FAN NOW TELL ME WHO YOU'RE WITH >> Reporter: HEY THERE, SARAH, YEAH, IT'S BEEN A REALLY TOUGH DAY FOR EVERYBODY HERE, THAT HAS BEEN GROWING UP A LAKERS FAN, OBVIOUSLY, HERE IN THOUSAND OAKS WE'RE AT THE MAMBA SPORTS ACADEMY, WHICH WAS THE KOBE BRYANT WAY OF GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY I'M JOINED BY LAKER FAN, JOSH ALBERT TELL US WHY YOU DECIDED TO COME OUT, I SAW YOU STARING AT THE GROWING MEMORIAL

YOU'VE GOTTEN VERY EMOTIONAL >> YEAH, SO LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, THIS MORNING STARTED OUT AS A REGULAR DAY ALL OF A SUDDEN, ONE OF MY NEIGHBORS FROM THE CALABASAS AREA POSTED THAT KOBE BRYANT WAS DEAD I JUST HAD LIKE A PANIC ATTACK, AND I BROKE DOWN I THOUGHT IT WAS LIKE FAKE NEWS FOR A MOMENT

I COULDN'T IMAGINE THAT IT WOULD BE TRUE AND THEN I WENT CRAZY LOOKING FOR SOME CREDIBLE NEWS SOURCES, AND FOUND OUT IT WAS TRUE AND JUST SAT IN MY CHAIR ALL DAY, WATCHING, YOU KNOW, DIFFERENT NEWS CLIPS OF WHATEVER WAS GOING ON AND I'M JUST SITTING THERE, LIKE MOURNING ALMOST LIKE A FAMILY MEMBER I HAVEN'T FELT THIS WAY SINCE MY FATHER DIED MAYBE 10 OR 11 YEARS AGO, AND I KIND OF FEEL CRUSHED BY IT

KOBE WAS, NOT ONLY WAS HE A SUPERB ATHLETE, HE WAS AN ICON NOT ONLY A LOS ANGELES ICON, HE WAS A WORLDWIDE ICON THIS ONE JUST HIT EXTRA HARD THERE'S CELEBRITIES AND ATHLETES THAT DIE ALL THE TIME, BUT THIS ONE REALLY GOT TO ME I FELT LIKE I HAD TO COME HERE, BEING THAT IT'S REASONABLE DISTANCE, AND PAYING MY RESPECTS LIKE EVERYONE ELSE

>> WHAT IS IT LIKE BEING HERE WITH ALL OF THESE LAKERS FANS, MOURNING TOGETHER? >> IT'S NO DIFFERENT THAN BEING AT A FUNERAL IT'S VERY SOMBER, AND IT'S TERRIBLE I DON'T KNOW HOW ELSE TO DESCRIBE IT IT LITERALLY FEELS NO DIFFERENT THAN BEING AT A CEMETERY RIGHT NOW IT'S PRETTY BAD

>> Reporter: SOME FANS HAVE BEEN SHARING THEIR KOBE MEMORIES EVERYONE HAS A STORY, WHETHER YOU MET HIM, OR YOU WERE AT A PIVOTAL GAME DO YOU HAVE ANY MEMORIES OR THOUGHTS THAT YOU CAN SHARE WITH US? >> SO I MOVED OUT HERE FOUR YEARS AGO GREW UP IN NEW YORK, AND I WAS ALWAYS A KOBE BRYANT FAN FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY EVEN BEFORE I CLAIMED TO BE A LAKERS FAN

I WOULD ALWAYS CATCH HIM AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN WHENEVER POSSIBLE I CAUGHT THE END OF HIS CAREER OUT HERE WHEN I MOVED HERE A FEW YEARS AGO I THINK MY BEST MEMORY SURROUNDED BY KOBE WAS THE DAY OF HIS LAST GAME I HAD FULL INTENTIONS OF GOING TO THAT GAME, AND I FORGOT THAT I BOOKED A BUSINESS TRIP TO NEW YORK AND I WAS SO ANGRY, BECAUSE I REALLY WANTED TO BE THERE

BECAUSE I KNEW IT WAS GOING TO BE SPECIAL AND YOU KNOW, YOU CAN'T WATCH THESE THINGS LIVE ON THE PLANE, BUT SOMEHOW MY FLIGHT GOT CANCELED, AND THEY HAD DIRECTV, AND I GOT TO WATCH THE WHOLE GAME GOING HOME IT WAS SUCH A HAPPY MOMENT THAT WAS JUST ONE OF THEM THAT ONE STICKS OUT IN MY MIND THE MOST

THAT EXPERIENCE AND THE FACT THAT HE HAD SUCH AN EXTRAORDINARY OUTRO FOR HIS CAREER >> Reporter: WE'RE HERE AT THE MAMBA SPORTS ACADEMY, HE, ACCORDING TO A NUMBER OF PEOPLE HERE, WAS SUPPOSED TO BE HERE TODAY TO COACH HIS DAUGHTER IN A BASKETBALL GAME AS A PART OF THE MAMBA CUP TOURNAMENT SERIES HERE, AND IT JUST ADDS TO THE WHOLE DAY, JUST BEING JUST A HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE TRAGEDY BUT IT ALSO SHOWS THAT HE WAS ALWAYS WILLING TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY, AND I THINK THAT THAT'S KIND OF WHAT'S DEFINING HIM TODAY >> YOU'RE RIGHT HE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE HERE

AS A MATTER OF FACT, HE WAS HERE YESTERDAY THEY HAVE THIS BIG TOURNAMENT GOING ON I WAS SUPPOSED TO BE HERE LAST NIGHT I DECIDED AT THE LAST MINUTE NOT TO GO I DO KNOW FROM PEOPLE PLAYING IN TOURNAMENTS TODAY, BETWEEN HERE AND OAKS CHRISTIAN, EVERYTHING GOT CANCELED

HE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE HERE WITH HIS DAUGHTER TO CONTINUE PLAYING SO YEAH, IT'S VERY HEARTBREAKING I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT TO COMPARE THIS TO, LIKE BESIDES WHEN A CLOSE FAMILY COULD DIE I DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHY I FELT HE WAS A CLOSE FAMILY MEMBER, BUT I GUESS THAT'S THE IMPACT ON SOMEONE THAT BRINGS SO MUCH JOY TO YOUR LIFE AFTER 20 YEARS HAS ON PEOPLE >> Reporter: RIGHT, AND HE SPENT EVERY YEAR WITH THE LAKERS

ALL 20 YEARS HE SPENT HERE IN LOS ANGELES THAT MEANS SOMETHING YOU DON'T SEE THAT EVERY DAY FROM PLAYERS >> NO, NOT AT ALL IT'S A VERY RARE THING FOR PLAYERS TO HAVE LONGEVITY WITH ANY TEAM

A LOT OF PLAYERS GO HOPPING AROUND FOR MORE MONEY, OR TO WIN RINGS HE WAS LUCKY ENOUGH ON DRAFT DAY TO GET TRADED TO LA HE WENT ON TO WIN HIS FIVE CHAMPIONSHIPS, AND HE DID IT ALL HERE THAT'S VERY SPECIAL

SOMETHING YOU DON'T SEE OFTEN ANYMORE >> JOSH, APPRECIATE YOUR THOUGHTS AND YOUR EMOTIONS HERE AS WELL AT THE MAMBA SPORTS ACADEMY IF I CAN JUST STEP OUT OF THE WAY JUST TO SHOW YOU GUYS KIND OF THE CROWD THAT'S BEEN GATHERED HERE ALL AFTERNOON, PEOPLE COMING BY, AND DROPPING OFF MEMENTOS, PICTURES, JERSEYS, FLOWERS, YOU NAME IT PEOPLE SHARING THEIR STORIES ABOUT WHAT THIS GUY MEANT NOT ONLY TO LOS ANGELES, BUT TO THE WORLD HE DEFINED THAT MAMBA MENTALITY OF NEVER GIVE UP

YOU ALWAYS HAVE A SHOT TO WIN A GAME AS A FAN, WATCHING, TO HAVE A PLAYER ON YOUR TEAM KNOWING THAT AT ANY POINT, NO MATTER WHAT THE DEFICIT WAS, YOU ALWAYS HAD A CHANCE TO COME BACK AND WIN, THIS WAS SUCH A THRILL TO WATCH FROM A FAN STANDPOINT, AND BEING OUT HERE TODAY, IS ALSO SPECIAL TO BE AMONGST EVERYBODY HERE, PAYING THEIR RESPECTS TO KOBE BRYANT WE'LL SEND IT BACK TO YOU GUYS IN THE STUDIO >> THE GENTLEMAN SAYS IT'S WHAT MOST PEOPLE ARE FEELING, IT'S LIKE A MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY PASSED AWAY I HAVE MEMBERS IN CHICAGO, HOUSTON, DETROIT, AND ALL OF THOSE PEOPLE TEXTED ME TODAY TO TALK ABOUT KOBE BRYANT

CAN JUST SHOWS THE GLOBAL APPEAL, AND IT REALLY IS TRULY LIKE SOMEONE HAS LOST A MEMBER OF THE FAMILY ESPECIALLY HERE >> I JUST FEEL LIKE FOR SO MANY YEARS IN LA, THAT KOBE'S MILESTONES WERE ALMOST ALL OF OUR MILESTONES, THAT THEY PUNCTUATED SO MANY IMPORTANT MOMENTS IN ALL OF OUR LIVES

JUST A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO, I REMEMBER GOING ON YOUTUBE, AND WATCHING KOBE BRYANT'S 81 POINT GAME IN 2006 EVERY POINT THAT HE SCORED, AND IT WAS JUST, I FEEL FORTUNATE NOW TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO WATCH HIM PLAY IN PERSON AT STAPLES CENTER SO MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE KOBE PLAY OVER THE YEARS, FEEL THAT VERY SAME WAY, THAT IT WAS A PRIVILEGE TO WATCH HIM PLAY THAT GAME, THE WAY VERY FEW PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO BEFORE, OR SINCE >> I WAS HERE IN 2016 WITH THAT LAST GAME THAT SEASON WAS NOT A GOOD SEASON FOR THE LAKERS, BUT THAT LAST GAME OF KOBE BRYANT, HE ROSE TO THE OCCASION

IT JUST WAS AMAZING HOW YOU SAW HIM PUT IN THE WHOLE CAREER, THE WHOLE LIFE EFFORT INTO THAT LAST GAME >> IT WAS SUCH AN APPROPRIATE WAY TO END HIS CAREER THAT GAME WAS SO IMPORTANT FOR SO MANY REASONS, YOU KNOW, FOR SO MANY PEOPLE, AND IT WAS SO IMPORTANT FOR LAKERS FANS TO SEE HIM END THAT WAY, AND IT WAS JUST SO FITTING FOR THE WAY HE PLAYED THROUGHOUT HIS ENTIRE CAREER JAKE BROUGHT UP A GOOD POINT I REMEMBER WATCHING GAMES HE'D PLAY, EVEN IN GAMES WHERE THE LAKERS WERE STRUGGLING

IF KOBE WAS ON THE COURT, YOU KNEW THERE WAS A CHANCE TRULY, BY ALL ACCOUNTS, A PERSON WHO'S IMPACTED THE LA AREA IN A LOT OF WAYS BEYOND THE SPORT OF BASKETBALL >> THE PLAY-BY-PLAY RADIO ANNOUNCER SAID IT JUST GOT TO THE POINT WHERE HE WOULD PUT THE TEAM ON HIS BACK

THEY WOULD USE THE NAME KOBE AS A VERB IF THEY WOULD JUST GET TO THE FOURTH QUARTER, THEN THEY WOULD JUST KOBE IT INTO THE VICTORY COLUMN WE TALKED TO SO MANY PEOPLE LIVE ON KCAL9, JERRY WEST, AND JIM HILL SAID HE'S LARGELY TO BE CREDITED FOR DISCOVERING KOBE FORMER LAKERS PLAYER, GM OF THE LAKERS, IT'S ONE OF THE MOST HORRIBLE DAYS OF MY LIFE, JUST LIKE I LOST A SON LIKE THAT FAN SAID HE LOST A FAMILY MEMBER

>> JEFF NGUYEN IS AT THE LAKERS PRACTICE FACILITY AT THOUSAND OAKS I HAVE TO SAY, YOU'VE HAD A COUPLE OF MY FAVORITE INTERVIEWS OF THE DAY, ABOUT HOW HE TAUGHT THEM TO PLAY THROUGH ADVERSITY, AND PLAY THROUGH INJURY WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY WAS WHAT A LOT OF PEOPLE GOT OUT OF HOW KOBE BRYANT WAS SO INSPIRING AS A PLAYER >> Reporter: YEAH, I THINK THAT'S THE RUNNING THEME HERE, IS THAT WORK ETHIC, THAT MAMBA MENTALITY, THAT SO MANY OF US REMEMBER, AND SO MANY OF US SPEAK ABOUT RIGHT NOW, I'M BEING JOINED BY RICK MERCIA, WHO GREW UP IN INGLEWOOD, WHICH IS IN THE SHADOWS OF THE FORUM, WHERE KOBE PLAYED INITIALLY FOR DEL HARRIS, BEFORE THE TEAM MOVED TO STAPLES, AND WERE LED BY PHIL JACKSON

SO FOR YOU, YOU KNOW, WHEN KOBE WAS 17, AND WHEN HE WAS 19, WHEN HE WON THAT FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP YOU WERE A YOUNG MAN TALK TO ME ABOUT SOME OF THE MEMORIES THAT KOBE BROUGHT INTO YOUR FAMILY, BECAUSE YOUR MOM AND YOUR WIFE, AND YOUR SISTER ARE HERE WITH YOU >> I SAW HIS FIRST GAME AT THE LONG BEACH PYRAMID WITH D FISH GREAT MEMORIES

I SAW HIM PLAY AT THE FORUM I SAW HIM MOVE TO STAPLES I SAW HIM WIN HIS FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP I SAW HIM LOSE HIS FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP I HAVE SO MANY GREAT MEMORIES OF HIM

HE'S LIKE FAMILY TO ME ME AND MY WIFE HAD OUR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS AT STAPLES CENTER BECAUSE OF HIM I'M GOING TO NAME MY FIRST CHILD AFTER HIM, AND EVERYBODY TOLD I WAS CRAZY IT WAS A BLOW TODAY I FEEL SO BAD FOR VANESSA AND THE KIDS, AND GIGI

I'M TRYING TO HOLD IT TOGETHER, BUT I'M REALLY TRYING TO REMEMBER SOME OF THE GOOD RIGHT NOW, BUT IT'S JUST TOUGH I CAN REMEMBER MY FIRST LAKER GAME THAT MY WIFE TOOK ME TO FOR MY BIRTHDAY, KOBE SHOOK ONE PERSON'S HAND, IT WAS MY HAND BY LUCK, AND SHE WAS MORE EXCITED ABOUT IT THAN I WAS AND MEMORIES LIKE THAT WILL ALWAYS STICK WITH ME I MEAN, HE'S AN AMAZING HUMAN BEING I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE LIKE HIM, TALK LIKE HIM

MOVE MY MOUTH LIKE HIM HE WAS A SPITTING IMAGE OF MICHAEL JORDAN SOMETIMES, AND YOU KNOW HE WAS PROBABLY THE GREATEST PLAYER I EVER GOT TO SEE LIVE >> FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE GEN XERES AND THE LIKE, HIS COMING OF ANYONE WAS OUR COMING OF AGE YOU'RE SMILING TALK TO ME ABOUT WHAT THAT WAS LIKE FOR YOU AS A YOUNG PERSON

THE CITY GETTING THAT FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP AGAIN AFTER THE ERAS OF MAGIC AND KAREEM >> IT WAS WONDERFUL I REMEMBER IT WE HAD BARBEQUE WE SAW THEM WIN THEIR FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP

EVERYBODY WAS POPPING CHAMPAGNE I REMEMBER BEING ONE OF ONE MILLION THAT SHOWED UP TO THAT PARADE, SEEING KOBE, AND VANESSA ON THE TRUCK IT WAS WONDERFUL IT WAS A WONDERFUL THING TO SEE, AND I'LL NEVER FORGET IT >> GROWING UP IN INGLEWOOD, WAS IT EVEN AN OPTION TO LIKE ANOTHER TEAM? >> MY DAD IS A MAGIC GUY

WE GREW UP IN A LAKER HOUSEHOLD THERE WAS NOTHING ELSE BUT TO BE A LAKER FAN THAT'S THE TRUTH >> DO YOU WANT TO JOIN US, MOM? NO? SISTER? NO? WHOSE IDEA WAS IT TO COME DOWN, AS WE'RE SHOWING THEM? >> MY MOM, MY SISTER LET'S STOP BEING HERE, LET'S GO PAY OUR RESPECTS

I TOLD THEM LET'S GO WE WENT TO THE FORUM AFTER WE WENT TO THE FORUM, WE DECIDED TO COME DOWN HERE WE JUST WANTED TO LAY SOME FLOWERS, AND SAY SOME GOOD THINGS ABOUT HIM, AND SEND OUT OUR PRAYERS TO HIS FAMILY AND THE REST OF THE FAMILIES THAT WERE AFFECTED BY THIS >> Reporter: RICK THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR GIVING ME YOUR TIME

THANK YOU SO MUCH AND FROM THE LAKERRER TRAINING FACILITY HERE IN EL SEGUNDO, WE'LL SEND IT BACK TO YOU >> THANK YOU SO MUCH, LIVE FROM THE LAKER TRAINING FACILITY SERVING AS JUST ONE OF THOSE PLACES WHERE PEOPLE ARE GATHERING THROUGHOUT THE SOUTHLAND WE KNOW IT'S THERE

WE KNOW IT'S IN THOUSAND OAKS AT THE MAMBA SPORTS ACADEMY WE KNOW IT'S AT THE CRASH SITE IN CALABASASS AS WELL AS HIS HOME, AS WELL AS THE STAPLES CENTER >> CONSIDERING THE GRAMMYS ARE DOWN THERE AS WELL LAPD BY THE WAY, KEEPING AN EYE ON THAT THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE STAYS SAFE

OBVIOUSLY, THEY WERE PLANNING FOR THE GRAMMYS THAT'S A HIGH LEVEL OF SECURITY OVER THERE NOW THEY HAVE THIS LARGE GATHERING OF PEOPLE TO CONTEND WITH I'M SURE THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING STAYS CALM IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA THEY WERE INITIALLY ASKING PEOPLE NOT TO SHOW UP

>> IT APPEARS THEY'RE EMBRACING IT WHICH IS A GOOD THING, BECAUSE LA LIVE ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE STAPLES CENTER, THEY PUT A BILLBOARD UP IN REMEMBRANCE OFHIM I THINK THERE'S A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE TO COME DOWN THERE

AS SOMEBODY SAID, THIS IS THE HOUSE OF KOBE, THIS IS HIS HOME STAPLES CENTER MAGIC JOHNSON, DOC RIVERS, AND JERRY WEST AS WELL LET'S HEAR FROM JERRY NOW >> TO HEAR THIS NEWS THIS MORNING, FRANKLY, AT FIRST I WAS SHOCKED

AND THEN AFTER A WHILE, IT REALLY SUNK IN AND YOU KNOW, TO SEE THE TRANSFORMATION OF HIM FROM A 17- YEAR-OLD KID WHO USED TO SPEND TIME AT MY HOUSE WITH ME, TO MY SON RYAN DRIVING HIM AROUND, BECAUSE HE COULDN'T EVEN DRIVE, HE COULDN'T EVEN SIGN A CONTRACT, BECAUSE HE WAS TOO YOUNG TO HIM, THE CONSTANT QUESTIONS ABOUT THE NBA WANTING ME TO GO TO A GYM WITH HIM TO WATCH HIM WORK OUT, AND MAYBE MAKE SUGGESTIONS TO HIM IT WAS MORE THAN, I REALLY FELT LIKE A SURROGATE FATHER TO HIM

AND THEN AS HIS CAREER BLOSSOMED, AND YOU KNOW HE STARTED TO ESTABLISH THIS ENORMOUS REPUTATION AS A PLAYERER, AND ALSO FILLED WITH ACCOMPLISHMENTS, BUT HIS CHARISMA ON TOP OF IT, WAS SOMETHING MOST GREAT PLAYERS DON'T HAVE, AND HE HAD IT BUT TO WAKE UP TO THIS NEWS, THIS HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST HORRIBLE DAYS OF OUR LIFE I FELT LIKE I'VE LOST A SON, AND FRANKLY I'M NOT DOING VERY WELL >> I THINK SOME OF THE MOST EMOTIONAL SOUND THAT WE'VE HEARD AND INTERVIEWS THAT WE'VE GOTTEN HAVE BEEN FROM NBA EXECUTIVES, FORMER NBA PLAYERS CURRENT PLAYERS OUT THERE PLAYING GAMES RIGHT NOW

THERE ARE GAMES ONGOING AS WE SPEAK IT'S JUST BEEN SO HARD TO SEE THEIR REACTION TO THIS, AND SOME OF THEM FINDING OUT ON THE COURT, IT LOOKED LIKE FROM SOME VIDEO FROM EARLIER SO THIS IS JUST A REALLY HARD DAY OBVIOUSLY, JERRY WEST, INCREDIBLY EMOTIONAL, AND SOME OTHER FORMER PLAYERS ARE POSTING ONLINE AS WELL >> HE SAID KOBE HAS A DESIRE TO SUCCEED

AN INSPIRATION FOR ALL HE WAS AN INSPIRATION FOR EVERYBODY NOT JUST PEOPLE INTO ATHLETICS WE HAD A SOUND BITE, I THINK IT WAS FROM JOHN IRELAND HE SAID IT DIDN'T MATTER IF YOU WERE A POLICE OFFICER, OR A PLUMBER, OR A DOCTOR, YOU FOUND INSPIRATION FROM KOBE BRYANT

>> ONE OF THE FORMER PLAYERS, NBA LEGENDS THAT POSTED ABOUT THIS ON SOCIAL MEDIA WITH THE VIDEO RESPONSE OF FAIRLY QUICKLY AFTER THIS NEWS SPREAD WAS KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR HE POSTED TO THE NEWS OF THE DEATH OF KOBE BRYANT >> IT'S VERY DIFFICULT FOR ME TO PUT INTO WORDS HOW I FEEL ABOUT THE LOSS OF KOBE BRYANT AS A YOUNG BOY, I MET HIM WHEN HE WAS 11 OR 12 YEARS OLD I WAS FRIENDS WITH HIS DAD, JOE

WE WERE FORMER ADVERSARIES JOE PLAYED FOR THE 76ERS, BUT HE WAS A GOOD FRIEND, AND SOMEONE THAT I SHARED A FRIENDSHIP AND IT'S HARD FOR ME TO UNDERSTAND NOW HOW THIS IS EFFECTING JOE AND HIS WIFE SO TO KOBE'S FAMILY, I WANT TO SEND MY MOST SINCERE AND HEARTFELT THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS KOBE WAS AN INCREDIBLE FAMILY MAN

HE LOVED HIS WIFE AND DAUGHTERS HE WAS AN INCREDIBLE ATHLETE, AND A LEADER HE INSPIRED A WHOLE GENERATION OF ATHLETES HE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST TO LEAVE HIGH SCHOOL AND GO TO THE NBA DOMINATING THE GAME, AND BECOME ONE OF THE BEST SCORERS THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS HAVE EVER SEEN

I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING THERE WHEN HE SCORED HIS 81 POINT GAME IT WAS SOMETHING THAT I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER AS ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE THINGS THAT I HAVE LEARNED AND OBSERVED IN SPORTS KOBE, MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU ABSOLUTELY REST IN PEACE, YOUNG MAN

THIS LOSS IS, IT'S JUST HARD TO COMPREHEND GO WITH GOD >> ANOTHER LAKER GREAT, KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR TALKING ABOUT LAKER GREAT, KOBE BRYANT >> WE ARE GOING TO BE HEARING TRIBUTES ALL THROUGHOUT THE EVENING ANOTHER GENTLEMAN WHO REALLY STANDS OUT IN PARTICULAR BECAUSE OF HIS GREATNESS IN COACHING THESE BASKETBALL PLAYERS, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, HIM BEING A FATHER ALSO, HE WAS SO EMOTIONAL TODAY

REALLY OUR HEARTS FEEL BAD AT THE SAME TIME FOR CLIPPERS COACH DOC RIVERS, AND WE DO HAVE SOME SOUND FROM HIM THAT WE WANT TO PLAY RIGHT NOW >> LISTEN – YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW YOU KNOW, I JUST DON'T HAVE A LOT TO SAY THE NEWS IS JUST DEVASTATING TO EVERYBODY WHO KNEW HIM I KNEW HIM A LONG TIME AND, YOU KNOW, HE JUST HE MEANS A LOT TO ME OBVIOUSLY

YOU KNOW HE WAS SUCH A GREAT OPPONENT, YOU KNOW? IT'S WHAT YOU WANT IN SPORTS HE HAD THAT DNA THAT VERY FEW ATHLETES CAN EVER HAVE, THAT TIGER WOODS AND THE MICHAEL JORDANS, YOU KNOW IT'S FUNNY, I WAS GETTING TO KNOW HIM MORE SINCE HE RETIRED, YOU KNOW YEAH, THIS IS A TOUGH ONE I DON'T — WE HAVE TO GO PLAY

AND THE NEWS JUST IS DEVASTATING FOR VANESSA AND HIS FAMILY AND, IT'S JUST SO MANY PEOPLE HE TOUCHED, YOU KNOW AND YOU KNOW, LOOKING AT MY YOUNG PLAYERS AND SEEING HOW EMOTIONAL THEY ARE THEY KNOW HIM, YOU KNOW AND IT JUST TELLS YOU HOW FAR HIS REACH WAS THIS IS JUST SHOCKING NEWS FOR ALL OF US I'M SORRY, I DON'T HAVE A LOT TO SAY

I JUST CAN'T, I HAVE TO GO TALK TO A TEAM BEFORE A GAME AND TELL THEM TO PLAY A GAME >> WHAT WAS YOUR LAST INTERACTION WITH KOBE LIKE? >> IT WAS GREAT WE WERE AT A FUNCTION ABOUT THREE OR FOUR WEEKS AGO, AND WE SAT AND TALKED FOR PROBABLY 45 MINUTES WE ALWAYS LIKED TO REMINISCE WE WOULD ALWAYS LAUGH AT OUR VERSIONS OF OUR LOSSES, YOU KNOW WHEN WE BEAT THEM IN 2008 HE HAD HIS VERSION AND WHEN THEY BEAT US IN 2010, I HAD MY VERSION

AND WE WOULD LAUGH AT HOW DIFFERENT WE LOOKED AT THE GAMES THIS IS A GREAT LOSS FOR THE LEAGUE AND I THOUGHT HE HAD SO MUCH MORE LEFT TO DO, YOU KNOW? AND HE WAS STARTING TO DO IT NEVER SEEN HIM HAPPIER, YOU KNOW SO I DON'T KNOW >> DO YOU FEEL BLESSED? >> YEAH, I'M LUCKY

I WAS LUCKY THAT I, YOU KNOW GOT TO COACH AND COMPETE, YOU KNOW, AGAINST HIM AND YOU KNOW I FEEL FOR SO MANY PEOPLE OBVIOUSLY HIS FAMILY I CAN'T IMAGINE TY LU PLAYED WITH HIM

KAUAI WAS VERY CLOSE WITH HIM, AND SO WAS PAUL GEORGE HE MEANT A LOT OF GOOD FOR OUR LEAGUE, AND ESPECIALLY THE COMPETITIVE PART OF OUR LEAGUE YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES THINGS DON'T MAKE SENSE, YOU KNOW AND WE, THERE'S TIMES YOU SHOULD FEEL, YOU KNOW, JUST — JUST FEEL SAD AND THIS IS ONE OF THEM YOU KNOW YOU HAVE TO GET THROUGH IT

WE WILL WE ALL WILL WE HAVE TO BE STRONG, YOU KNOW AGAIN WE LAUGHED AND JOKED ABOUT THE MAMBA MENTALITY WE ALL ARE GOING TO NEED IT RIGHT NOW, YOU KNOW, AND THERE'S NOBODY, I THINK EVERYBODY RIGHT NOW IS A LAKER FAN

YOU KNOW WE'RE ALL LAKERS TODAY YOU FEEL FOR THAT COMMUNITY, FOR JEANNIE, AND FOR EVERYONE ELSE I THINK PEOPLE THINK, BECAUSE YOU COMPETE AGAINST PEOPLE SOMETIMES, THAT YOU DON'T HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM AND YOU DON'T LIKE, AND IT'S PROBABLY THE EXACT OPPOSITE I THINK SOMETIMES THE MORE YOU COMPETE, THE MORE RESPECT YOU HAVE FOR THE OPPONENT, YOU KNOW? I WOULD SAY THAT'S THE WAY I FELT WITH KOBE SO THAT'S ALL

I JUST DON'T HAVE A LOT TO SAY >> JUST MOVING STATEMENTS THERE FROM COACH DOC RIVERS A FATHER, SOMEONE WHO KNEW KOBE BRYANT VERY, VERY WELL AND IN JUST PICKING ON SOME OF THE MORE POIGNANT STATEMENTS THAT HE MADE HE STILL HAD SO MUCH TO DO

HE HAD SO MUCH LEFT, AND HOW TRUE HE HAS A BABY GIRL WHO EITHER IS A YEAR, OR HASN'T QUITE TURNED A YEAR A 3-YEAR-OLD, AND THEN POOR, THE OTHER TWO GIRLS AND GIANNA LOSING HER LIFE TODAY, AND THINKING ABOUT VANESSA I BELIEVE JIM HAD MENTIONED IT EARLIER, WE REMEMBER JOE, JELLY BEAN BRYANT HIS DAD, HIS MOM, HIS SISTERS, AND VANESSA'S FAMILY

THERE'S JUST SO MUCH HEARTBREAK AND SADNESS IN A CLOSE KNIT FAMILY, AND IN SUCH A WIDE FAMILY SUCH AS THE LAKER NATION PEOPLE OF LOS ANGELES WHO MAY NOT NECESSARILY HAVE BEEN LAKER FANS, BUT STILL ADMIRED, AND RESPECTED KOBE BRYANT AND YOU CERTAINLY COULDN'T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM HIM, NOT ONLY HIS ABILITY TO PLAY BASKETBALL, BUT JUST HIS TIRELESS WORK ETHIC I CAN REMEMBER KIDS, SARAH, JUST, YOU KNOW, I'M GOING TO PRACTICE LIKE KOBE, BECAUSE THAT'S HOW I'M GOING TO IMPROVE MY FREE THROWS, I'VE GOT TO BE IN THE GYM >> HE INSPIRED A GENERATION

INCLUDING ME AND SO MANY OF MY FRIENDS, JUST THE WAY HE PLAYED THE GAME, IT MADE YOU LOVE BASKETBALL AND THE SPORT MORE I KNOW PAT, AS A MOM, YOU FEEL THE SAME WAY THAT I DO, THAT IT'S JUST SO AWFUL TO HEAR ABOUT THE LOSS OF A CHILD, LOSING A CHILD IS OBVIOUSLY NOT NATURAL, AND WE FEEL SO BAD FOR NOT ONLY KOBE BRYANT'S FAMILY, BUT FOR THE FAMILIES WHO LOST LOVED ONES IN THIS CRASH REMEMBER, MULTIPLE VICTIMS IN THIS PLANE CRASH AND A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED CERTAINLY QUESTIONS THAT ARE TRYING TO BE ANSWERED RIGHT NOW BY THE INVESTIGATORS >> THREE PEOPLE WHO STILL HAVE YET TO BE IDENTIFIED

OUR CARA FINSTROM IS STANDING BY, ANDS THAT MORE INFORMATION FOR US NOW >> Reporter: PAT WE HAVE LEARNED FROM THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, IT'S UNLIKELY WE'RE GOING TO GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THOSE NINE PEOPLE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES TONIGHT AND ALSO FOR NTSB INVESTIGATORS WHO ARE FLYING IN FROM THE EAST COAST TO ARRIVE THEY SAY IT'S MOST LIKELY WE'LL HAVE ANOTHER UPDATE TOMORROW THE HERE'S WHAT SHERIFF ALEX VILLANUEVA TOLD US EARLIER TODAY

>> THERE WERE NO SURVIVORS WE HAVE A MANIFEST THAT INDICATES THERE WERE NINE PEOPLE ONBOARD THE AIRCRAFT THE PILOT, PLUS EIGHT INDIVIDUALS THERE IS WIDE SPECULATION AS TO WHO THE IDENTITIES ARE, HOWEVER, IT WOULD BE ENTIRELY INAPPROPRIATE RIGHT NOW TO IDENTIFY ANYONE BY NAME UNTIL THE CORONER HAS MADE THE IDENTIFICATION THROUGH THEIR DELIBERATIVE PROCESS, AND HAVE MADE NOTIFICATIONS TO NEXT OF KIN >> Reporter: THE FIRE DEPARTMENT SAYS THEY GOT A 911 CALL REPORTING A HELICOPTER DOWN AND A BRUSH FIRE AT 9:47 THIS MORNING

THEY SAY FIREFIGHTERS WITH METAL EQUIPMENT HIKED IN OTHERS WERE DROPPED FROM A HELICOPTER TO TRY TO REACH AND HELP ANYONE WHO WAS ONBOARD, BUT AGAIN, SADLY, THEY THEN DISCOVERED THAT ALL NINE PEOPLE ONBOARD HAD DIED THE FIRE CHIEF SPOKE ABOUT THE SPECIFIC CHALLENGES FIRE CREWS HAD TO FACE AS THEY WORKED TO PUT OUT THOSE FLAMES >> OUR FIREFIGHTERS HIKED INTO THE ACCIDENT SIGHT WITH THEIR MEDICAL EQUIPMENT, AND HOSE LINES TO EXTINGUISH THE STUBBORN FIRE, AS IT INCLUDED THE BRUSH FIRE, DEBRIS FROM THE HELICOPTER, AND THE FIRE ALSO INCLUDED MAGNESIUM, WHICH IS VERY HARD FOR OUR FIREFIGHTERS TO EXTINGUISH, BECAUSE MAGNESIUM REACTS WITH OXYGEN, AND WATER >> Reporter: AND PAT, AND SARAH, A VERY EMOTIONAL DAY OUT HERE FOR ALL THE FIRST RESPONDERS AS WELL

YOU CAN SEE THERE WAS A SENSE OF SHOCK, DISBELIEF AMONGST THE LEADERS AS THEY HELD THEIR NEWS CONFERENCE EVERYONE, JUST REALLY HARD TO GRASP AND TO ACCEPT THAT THIS HAPPENED EARLIER TODAY >> ALL RIGHT, CARA, AS YOU MENTIONED, YES, IT'S GOING TO TAKE SOME TIME TO GET INFORMATION TO FIGURE OUT EXACTLY WHY THIS CHOPPER WENT DOWN, FOR ONE, AND OF COURSE, TO IDENTIFY SOME OF THE OTHER PEOPLE THAT WERE ONBOARD THAT PLANE THREE OTHER VICTIMS, BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO NOTIFY NEXT OF KIN THIS IS JUST A VERY, VERY EMOTIONAL DAY ALL AROUND

>> WELL THIS IS JUST IN THE PRELIMINARY STATUS WHEN IT COMES TO THE NTSB INVESTIGATING THEY BROUGHT 18 PEOPLE IN IT'S CALLED THEIR GO-TEAM TO GO TO THAT LOCATION, AS WE UNDERSTAND IT, AS WE GO TO THE SHERIFF'S PRESS CONFERENCE, THE BODIES AT THE SCENE, SO WHEN THEY GET THERE, THEY HAVE TO GO THROUGH AND FIND ALL THAT THEY CAN, AND THAT'S GOING TO BE SEVERAL WEEKS BEFORE WE GET A CAUSE >> TIME-CONSUMING, BUT EVENTUALLY, WE WILL GET THE IDENTITIES OF THE OTHER VICTIMS, ESPECIALLY FOR THE FAMILY MEMBERS WE'VE BEEN FOLLOWING BREAKING NEWS ALL DAY SINCE THIS HAPPENED AT 9:45 THIS MORNING, I BELIEVE

THE DEATH OF LAKERS LEGEND KOBE BRYANT AND HIS DAUGHTER WE HAVE SIX OTHER PEOPLE WHO WERE KILLED IN THAT PLANE CRASH SOME OF NOTE, WHEN I SAY THAT, THAT COULD BE WELL KNOWN IN THE ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY MRJOHN ALTOBELLI

>> WE HAVE CHRISTINA MAUSER, SHE'S A BASKETBALL COACH WE HAVE JOHN ALTOBELLI, THE BASEBALL COACH THERE, HIS WIFE CARRIE, AND DAUGHTER ALLISSA WE BELIEVE ALLISSA WAS A TEAMMATE OF GIANNA AND THEY WERE GOING TO THE MAMBA SPORTS COMPLEX IN THOUSAND OAKS >> THESE ARE FAMILIES THAT HAVE BEEN JUST TORN APART BY THIS NEWS AND OF COURSE, HE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT KOBE BRYANT, BECAUSE OF HOW WELL KNOWN KOBE BRYANT WAS

HOW MUCH HE WAS ADMIRED ALL OVER THE WORLD, NOT JUST HERE, AND CERTAINLY BECAUSE OF THE CHAMPIONSHIPS THAT HE BROUGHT TO LOS ANGELES, BECAUSE WE ARE KNOWN FOR CHAMPIONSHIPS, OF COURSE, BUT JUST EVERYTHING HE GAVE TO THE GAME, AND TO THE FANS AND HIS APPRECIATION THE NIGHT THAT THEY RETIRED HIS JERSEYS, AND HIS FAREWELL TO HE FANS, IT WAS JUST SO HEARTFELT I THINK HE JUST TOOK EVERYTHING IN, COMING FROM THEM, BECAUSE HE GAVE SO MUCH BACK >> DO YOU REMEMBER THAT LAST GAME? THAT SEASON WAS NOT A VERY GOOD SEASON FOR THE LAKERS, BUT THAT LAST GAME, YOU COULD FEEL THAT HE WAS PUTTING WHATEVER HE COULD TO PUT THE LITTLE, EXCLAMATION POINT ON HIS CAREER

>> AND HE DID HOW MANY POINTS DID HE SCORE? WE'RE GOING TO TALK TO JIM AND HE CAN TELL US BUT AT THE SAME TIME, EVEN THE OTHER TEAM, THEY WANTED KOBE TO GO OUT, AND BOY DID HE HE PUT ON A CLINIC, RIGHT? THAT'S FOR SURE, THAT WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN EVERYONE WILL REMEMBER THAT

>> IT'S NOT JUST LOS ANGELES OF COURSE, HE HAS GLOBAL APPEAL HE'S FROM PHILADELPHIA I BET YOU THERE'S SOME MEMORIALS GOING UP THERE, IN THE CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE YOU JUST KNOW WE'VE GOT SEVERAL HERE

AND HIS >>> BOTH ON THE BASKETBALL COURT AND OFF THE BASKETBALL COURT AND — AT THE SAME TIME, JUST WHAT HE MEANT TO — WE'RE GIVING THE SCOPE OF CELEBRITIES AND PEOPLE WELL-KNOWN OTHER SUPERSTAR ATHLETES BUT HE ALSO TOUCHED JUST THE LITTLE GUY I WAS JUST TALKING TO SOMEONE OUT IN THE LOT AND JUST HOW SAD THEY WERE AND HOW THEY REMEMBER WATCHING HIM GROW UP THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE THAT WE HAVE YET TO HEAR FROM, JEFF

THAT HE HAS TOUCHED SO WE'RE GOING TO GO BACK TO OUR BREAKING NEWS LAKERS' LEGEND KOBE BRYANT KILLED IN A TRAGIC HELICOPTER CRASH IN CALABASAS >> ALL WE'RE TOLD, NINE PEOPLE ABOARD KILLED INCLUDING KOBE'S 13-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER THE STUNNING NEWS LEAVES FANS AND THE WORLD IN COMPLETE SHOCK

>> TONIGHT, EVERYONE AS WE'VE BEEN MENTIONING FROM FANS TO CELEBRITIES TO THOSE WHO KNEW HIM BEST ARE DEVASTATED BY THIS HEART-BREAKING NEWS >> JUAN FERNANDEZ LIVE IN THE NEWSROOM RIGHT NOW WITH WHAT WE ARE LEARNING TONIGHT >> PAT AND JEFF, L A OF COURSE IN TEARS OVER THE MAN THEY CALLED THE BLACK MAMBA

KOBE BRYANT WHO CEMENTED HIS LEGACY WITH NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS AND GIVING BACK TO THE CITY HE LOVED SO MUCH WAS KILLED IN A CHOPPER CRASH IN CALABASAS THIS MORNING AND HERE'S WHAT WE'RE LEARNING RIGHT NOW ALL THIS INFORMATION COMING INTO OUR NEWSROOM RIGHT NOW NINE PEOPLE WERE ON BOARD THAT SIKORSKY S 76 WHEN SOMETHING WENT WRONG WHERE'S BEFORE 10:00 THIS MORNING THEY WERE ON THEIR WAY TO A TRAVEL BASKETBALL GAME WE'RE TOLD WHEN THE CHOPPER WENT DOWN

HERE WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING AT RIGHT NOW IS THE FLIGHT PATTERN OF THE HELICOPTER JUST MOMENTS BEFORE IT CRASHED AND CAUGHT FIRE WE OBTAINED THIS FROM FLIGHT AWARE AND YOU CAN SEE THERE TOWARDS THE END, IT GOES FROM ORANGE COUNTY TO THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY WHEN IT STARTED SPINNING INCONTROLLABLY THIS WILL OF COURSE BE PART OF THE NTSB INVESTIGATION OF HOW EXACTLY THAT CHOPPER WENT DOWN WELL, IN ADDITION TO BRYANT AND HIS DAUGHTER, THREE MEMBERS OF ONE FAMILY DIED IN THE CRASH JOHN ALTOBELLI WAS THE HEAD COACH, BASEBALL COACH AT THE ORANGE COAST COLLEGE IN COAST TAMASHA

HIS WIFE CAREY AND THEIR DAUGHTER ALYSSA WERE ALSO ON BOARD THE HUSBAND OF CHRISTINA MOUSER POSTED ON FACEBOOK SHE ALSO DIED IN THE HELICOPTER CRASH SHE WAS A BASKETBALL COACH IN NEWPORT BEACH WHERE KOBE'S DAUGHTER ATTENDED SCHOOL HER HUSBAND SAYS HE AND HIS KIDS ARE DEVASTATED WELL, AS WE LEARNED THE NAMES OF MORE OF THESE VICTIMS COMING INTO THE NEWSROOM WE'LL LET YOU KNOW RIGHT AWAY

MEANTIME REPORTING LIVE, I'M JUAN FERNANDEZ, BACK TO YOU PAT AND JEFF >> ALL RIGHT THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT JUAN FERNANDEZ AND WE'RE GOING TO GO TO OUR JIM HILL WHO HAS BEEN TALKING WITH SO MANY PEOPLE INVOLVED NOT ONLY IN THE SPORTS WORLD, BUT JUST IN LIFE PEOPLE REALLY LOVED AND ADMIRED KOBE

>> Reporter: I JUST GOT OFF THE PHONE WITH THE BRILLIANT TIMES WRITER BILL PLASCHKE BILL ARE THROUGH? >> YES I AM >> THIS IS A BAD DAY BILL FOR ALL OF US AND I KNOW PARTICULARLY FOR YOU BECAUSE YOU HAD A VERY SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH KOBE >> YEAH, I'M DEVASTATED

HE — HE AND I, OUR JOURNEYS KIND MIRRORS EACH OTHER WE TALKED ABOUT THE THAT A LOT HE CAME TO L A IN '96 AND I STARTED WRITING MY SPORTS COLUMN FOR THE "L

A TIMES" ART A MONTH LATER I'VE BEEN WITH HIM THROUGH THE UPS AND DOWNS AND EVERYTHING AND YOU KNOW, HE'S THE ULTIMATE — I'VE YELLED AT HIM AND HE'S YELLED AT ME AND WE'VE HAD OUR FIGHTS AND WE'VE EMBRACED I'VE SEEN HIM AS HE GREW UP IN MY COLUMN

THE CITY GREW UP I THINK THAT'S WHY EVERYBODY SO AFFECTED TODAY BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE SPORTS FANS IN L A AND EVERYONE IN L

A FEELS LIKE THEY GREW UP WITH THE GUY AND I DID WHAT MIGHT BE — MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE LAST INTERVIEW WITH HIM I CALLED — WE JUST TALKED LAST WEEK I CALLED HIM ABOUT THE LeBRON JAMES PASSING HIM ON THE ALL- TIME SCORING LIST AND I EXPECTED KOBE TO BE DEFIANT AND SAY DON'T MESS WITH MY LEGACY BUT HE WAS INSTEAD WARM AND EMBRACING OF LeBRON AND URGED LAKER FANS TO CONSIDER LeBRON A REAL LAKER AND SAID STOP WITH THE DEFACING THE MURALS AND ALL THAT JUNK

AND CELEBRATE LeBRON FOR WHO HE IS AND KOBE WAS YOU KNOW, HE SAYS A MARK OF GREATNESS IS THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO PASS THAT GREATNESS ALONG HE REALLY SOUNDED LIKE HE HAD REALLY GROWN UP AND BECOME A WISE AND — ATTEMPT TO BECOME LIKE A COMMUNITY LEADER >> IT WAS ALMOST — BILL, LIKE HE HAD COME TO GRIPS WITH HIMSELF ABOUT WHAT HE WAS SUPPOSED TO DO IN HIS POSTATHLETIC CAREER >> YES YES

HE REALLY — THAT'S WHAT'S SO SAD HE TALKED ABOUT HIS GIRLS AND GIANNA AND THE BASKETBALL AND SUCH A FAN OF WOMEN'S BASKETBALL AND SUCH A SUPPORT EVERY OF IT HE WAS ROADWAY — HE HAD BECOME YOU KNOW, A LOT OF THE CITY I THINK REALLY FELT LIKE THEY DIDN'T KNOW HIM THAT WELL BECAUSE HE WAS SO TOUGH ON THE COURT AND OFF THE COURT ALWAYS HAD THE SCOWL BUT HE'S REALLY A SWEETHEART OF A GUY AND I THINK HE REALLY LOVED L

A THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME IN THE CONVERSATION BEFORE HE HUNG UP WE TALKED A WHILE IS THAT HE SAID AND I DIDN'T EVEN ASK HIM THIS

JUST MAKE SURE L A KNOWS HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE EVERYTHING THIS CITY HAS DONE FOR ME AND I COULD NEVER PAY THE CITY BACK FOR ALL IT'S BEEN TO ME AND HE SAID THAT WITH UNPROMPTED BY ME AND THAT WAS THE LAST WORDS TO ME

AND I THINK THAT'S HOW HE WANTS TO BE REMEMBERED IS A PERSON WHO REALLY APPRECIATED, HE KNEW THIS CITY HAD GROWN UP WITH HIM AND SEEN HIS FOIBLES AND SEEN HIS GREATNESS AND WENT THROUGH ALL THE OFF THE COURT STUFF WITH HIM AND EVERYTHING LIKE THAT AND STILL AT THE END OF THE DAY SUPPORTED HIM AND CHEERED HIM

AND LIFTED HIM UP LIKE HE LIFTED US UP HE'S THE MOST — I'D SAY JIM, HE MAY BE THE MOST — EVEN THE ERA OF SOCIAL MEDIA, MAY BE THE MOST FAMOUS ATHLETE IN THIS CITY'S HISTORY IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, GIVEN THE EYEBALLS ON THE SOCIAL COMMUNICATION WE HAVE TODAY, HE MAY BE THE MOST CELEBRATED ATHLETE IN THE CITY MAY BE THE MOST CELEBRATED HUMAN BEING IN THE CITY RIGHT NOW YOU KNOW AND AT HIS PASSING AND HIS IMPACT JUST CUTS A HOLE IN OUR HEART

L A GOSLETS A LITTLE CHUNK OF ITS HEART >> I KNOW BILL, AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT IN YOUR COLUMN YOU SAY HIS LEGEND WASN'T SUPPOSED TO END THIS WAY >> I DIDN'T — I DIDN'T THINK — I DIDN'T THINK KOBE — I DIDN'T THINK ANYTHING COULD BRING HIM DOWN

MAMBAS DON'T DIE I THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO BE 70 YEARS OLD AND WOBBLING TO THE STAPLES CENTER AND HE NEVER GOT TO SEE A STATUE OF HIMSELF HE NEVER GOT TO SEE HIMSELF IN THE HALL OF FAME NEVER GOT TO SEE HIS GIRLS — WALK THEM DOWN THE AISLE NEVER GOT TO SEE HIS GIRL PLAY HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

IT'S JUST TRAGIC BEYOND PROPORTIONS AND JUST — IT'S JUST OVERWHELMINGLY AND I JUST DIDN'T THINK — I THOUGHT IT WAS A JOKE I HEARD THE NEWS AND I THOUGHT IT WAS A JOKE I THOUGHT — I DIDN'T THINK IT WAS A JOKE, I THOUGHT SOMEBODY WAS WRONG IT WASN'T KOBE

COULDN'T HAVE BEEN HIS HELICOPTER HE COULDN'T SUCCUMB NOTHING COULD BEAT HIM THAT'S THE WAY HE PLAYED HIS MENTALITY OVERTOOK THIS CITY

AND WE BELIEVED IN HIM AND BELIEVED IN OURSELVES >> I — >> MAMBA MENTALITY TO WORK EVERY DAY >> OH, YEAH GIVE IT ALL YOU GOT DON'T LET — YOU KNOW DON'T SAVE ANYTHING

BUT YOU KNOW, THERE'S ALSO BILL, ANOTHER THING THAT YOU WROTE IN OUR COLUMN AND IT IS SIMPLY WHEN YOU SAY KOBE BRYANT IS GONE THOSE ARE THE HARDEST WORDS I HAVE EVER HAD TO WRITE FOR THIS NEWSPAPER >> I WAS CRYING WHEN I WROTE IT JIM AND I WAS SCREAMING I'M HERE IN MIAMI AT THE SUPER BOWL AND I'M COMING HOME TOMORROW BUT I WENT OUTSIDE AND SCREAMED OUT INTO THE — INTO THE AFTERNOON AIR

IT'S — IT'S YEAH I'VE NEVER — I CAN'T BELIEVE IT I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M — I EVEN WROTE THAT I STILL DON'T BELIEVE IT'S REAL I CAN'T BELIEVE WE'RE NOT GOING TO SEE HIM IN A COUPLE OF DAYS FROM NOW AT THE LAKER CLIPPER GAME OR — I CAN'T BELIEVE WE'RE NOT GOING TO SEE HIM DOING SOMETHING AT THE YOU KNOW, AT THE OSCARS OR SOMETHING

I CAN'T BELIEVE IT IT'S JUST — IT'S JUST — IT'S JUST NUMBING IT'S JUST — IT'S BEYOND EXPLANATION AND IT REALLY IS — IT REALLY DOES STRIKE INTO EVERY LITTLE PART OF THIS CITY EVEN — EVEN PEOPLE WHO DIDN'T LIKE HIM, AND HE HAD HIS DETRACTORS AND YOU KNOW THAT VERY WELL JIM AS YOU AND I HAVE BEEN HIS DETRACTORS OVER THE YEARS

EVEN PEOPLE WERE MOVED BY HIM OR TOUCHED BY HIM AND EMPATHIZE WITH HIM >> IT'S REALLY AMAZING TOO, BILL, BECAUSE WHEN YOU SEE KOBE AROUND OTHER PEOPLE, THEY GET EXCITED THEY GET HAPPY PEOPLE START CRYING

IT'S — IT'S JUST AMAZING THAT HE HAS — HE WAS GIVEN THIS GIFT THAT HAS AFFECTED US ALL FROM A VERY POSITIVE STANDPOINT >> OH MY GOSH HE SHOWS UP IN A ROOM AND HE LIGHTS UP A PLACE HE WAS AT STAPLES CENTER WITH GIANNA THIS YEAR REMEMBER THAT? HE WAS COURTSIDE AND THE WHOLE — HE'S THE ONLY — THE ONLY PERSON ALIVE I THINK WHO CAN GO TO THE LAKER GAME AND THE PLAYERS — THEY ALL WATCH HIM

HE WANTS TO WATCH THE GAME AND THEY WATCH HIM >> ONE OF THE OTHER THINGS WE TALKED ABOUT IS THAT WHEN HE WENT TO LAKER GAMES AND SAT AT COURTSIDE, THAT WOULD MAKE THE PLAYERS NO MATTER WHETHER IT WAS THE LAKERS OR THE VISITING TEAM, THEY WOULD ALL WANT TO PUT ON A SHOW FOR HIM >> YES AND THAT'S — THAT WAS WHAT THE BIGGEST PROBLEM LeBRON JAMES HAD LAST YEAR WHEN HE CAME HERE WAS THAT HE WASN'T — KOBE BRYANT BECAUSE KOBE AND I SAID THIS — I DON'T CARE HOW INJURED HE WAS

KOBE — REMEMBER HE DRAGGED THAT TEAM HE TORE HIS HEEL AND DRAGGED THAT TEAM TO THE PLAYOFFS KOBE YOU KNOW, NEVER EVER GAVE IN NVER GAVE IN NEVER — EITHER HE WON IT ALL OR HE CONSIDERED HIMSELF A LOSER

NEVER GAVE IN EVER AND THAT'S WHAT'S SO STUNNING TODAY IS THAT SOMETHING OUT OF HIS CRIMINAL KILLED HIM I MEAN KOBE BRYANT IS DEAD JIM, I NEVER THOUGHT I'D SAY THAT

I NEVER THOUGHT I'D THINK THAT >> I KNOW I KNOW THAT'S WHAT WE'RE ALL SAYING RIGHT NOW YOU KNOW, HOW — HOW CAN THIS BE? AND HOW CAN SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPEN? AND THEN I'M REMINDED OF A SAYING THAT SAYING IS "THE GOOD, THEY DIE YOUNG" >> YEAH, WELL, HE WAS JUST COMING INTO HIS OWN TOO

JUST COMING INTO HIS OWN AS A — CIVIC AND CULTURAL LEADER AND REMEMBER JIM? YOU AND I JOKED ABOUT THIS THE MINUTE HE RETIRED HE WAS DONE WITH THE LAKERS, ALWAYS GOING TO COME BACK AND COACH OR GENERAL MANAGE THE LAKERS HE WANTED NOTHING TO DO WITH RUNNING BASKETBALL HE HAD BIGGER THINGS IN HIS MIND AND LIFE

HE WAS YOU KNOW, HE WAS GOING TO BE A CONTRIBUTOR TO A LOT OF DIFFERENT AREAS OF THE TOWN AND HE GAVE SO MUCH AND IT JUST — IT SHOWS I JUST HEARD THE NEWSMAN SAY THERE ARE PEOPLE ON THE HELICOPTER WITH HIM WERE PEOPLE FROM HIS DAUGHTER'S SCHOOL AND FROM HIS LOCAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND HE LIFTED EVERYBODY UP HE TOOK PEOPLE WITH HIM EVERYWHERE HE WENT >> AND HE — >> THAT'S HOW HE ROLLED

>> HE MADE THE TRANSITION FROM ATHLETE TO BUSINESSMAN EASIER THAN ANYONE ELSE I HAVE EVER SEEN >> THE NEXT JIM — I TALKED TO HIM THE DAY AFTER HIS RETIREMENT THE DAY AFTER HE SCORED 60 POINTS AGAINST UTAH EQUALED ME AND WANTED TO TALK ABOUT A BUSINESS IDEA DAY AFTER

AND I SAID WELL, HOW ABOUT THE LAKERS AND HOW ABOUT BYRON SCOTT AND THAT'S NOT MY BUSINESS ANYMORE I'M DONE WITH THAT HE WAS DONE HE REALLY MADE THE TRANSITION PERFECTLY AND AGAIN, IN HIS WORDS TO ME AND I'D URGE ANYONE TO GO BACK AND READ THE COLUMN I WROTE LAST WEEK ABOUT LeBRON JAMES AND KOBE AND KOBE SAID GIVE PROPS TO LEBRON I PLAYED FOR THE PURPLE AND GOLD

I DON'T PLAY FOR MYSELF THIS IS BIGGER THAN ME GIVING PROPS TO HIM BUT ALSO THINK ABOUT THE — THE IRONY IN THIS THE DAY AFTER LeBRON PASSED HIS RECORD KOBE BRYANT PASSED AWAY

>> YEAH >> THAT'S JUST — WHOLE THING IS JUST — IT'S DOING TO TAKE US A LONG TIME TO GET OVER THIS ONE JIM THIS WAS — THIS WAS — THIS WAS A STUNNING OF A DEMISE AS THE DEATH IN THIS CITY AS SEEN ATHLETIC-WISE IN MANY, MANY YEARS >> I KNOW YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT THE LAST INTERVIEW I DID WITH HIM WAS JUST ABOUT TEN DAYS AGO AND WE WERE TALKING ABOUT LeBRON PASSING HIM AND STUFF LIKE THAT AND HE SAID HE TURNED TO THE CAMERA AND HE SAID LeBRON CONGRATULATIONS, THAT'S THE WAY TO GO YOU KNOW WE LOVE YOU BRO AND THAT'S LIKE — LOVE YOU BROTHER

AND THAT'S THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS >> AND THAT'S WHAT HE WANTED TO — HE KEPT TELLING ME RIGHT ABOUT THAT, WRITE ABOUT OUR BROTHERHOOD WE'RE ALL — LeBRON IS ONE US IN FACT, YEAH I ASKED IF LeBRON COULD HAVE BROKEN THE RECORD AGAINST THE CLIPPERS TUESDAY NIGHT

AND I SAID KOBE, WOULD YOU BE THERE? HE SAID NO I'M NOT GOING TO THAT GAME THAT'S LeBRON'S MOMENT GOING TO GIVE HIM THAT MOMENT HE COULD HAVE HIJACKED THAT IN A MINUTE PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS GOING TO SAY KOBE BRYANT'S TOWN

IT JUST WAS >> ALSO READING IN THE ARTICLE THAT YOU WROTE, YOU SAY GO AHEAD, KEEP CRYING YOU WON'T BE ALONE A HUGE HOLE HAS BEEN CUT OUT OF LOS ANGELES' HEART AND THE WOUND IS BREATHTAKING >> IT IS RIGHT AND I'M BEING TEXTED AND YOU ARE TOO TEXTS FROM ANYONE

EVERYWHERE PEOPLE WHO ARE JUST CASUAL FANS AND PEOPLE WHO DIDN'T EVEN LIKE HIM AND THERE WERE PEOPLE WHO REALLY DIDN'T LIKE HIM AND WE KNOW OF ALL THE REASONS WHY THE OFF THE COURT ISSUES THE — THE SELFISH ON THE COURT ISSUES THE PERCEPTION OF THAT

PEOPLE DIDN'T LIKE HIM I DIDN'T LIKE HIM SOMETIMES YOU DIDN'T LIKE HIM SOMETIMES THERE'S — HE DIDN'T LIKE HE DIDN'T LIKE US SOMETIMES

BUT HE ALWAYS SHOWED UP AND HE ALWAYS PLAYED HARD AND HE GAVE HIMSELF COMPLETELY TO THE TEAM, TO THE COMMUNITY, TO THE WORLD AND TO HAVE HIM TAKEN AWAY SO SOON IS JUST — IT'S TRAGIC BEYOND — YOU KNOW RECOGNITION >> BILL, YOU ARE ONE OF THE FEW PEOPLE THAT I KNOW OF THAT — AND THERE'S A SELECT GROUP OF US HERE — WHO HAVE WATCHED KOBE BRYANT AND WATCHED HIM COME INTO TOWN AND WATCHED HIM GROW AND WATCHED HIM MATURE WATCHED HIM — DEVELOP >> WE WERE AT THE FIRST GAME AND WE WERE AT HIS FIRST GAME AND HIS LAST GAME

>> YEP >> AND YOU KNOW, REMEMBER? REMEMBER THE THREE — REMEMBER THE AIR BALLS IN UTAH? YES >> YOU WERE THERE NEXT TO ME SHOULDER TO SHOULDER WATCHING HIM AND SAYING THIS KID IS NUTS IS IT HIS FIRST PLAYOFF GAME AND HE KEPT SHOOTING AND DIDN'T CARE HE KEPT SHOOTING

>> I REMEMBER BILL AT HALFTIME THEY GO-GO THE LOOKER ROOM AFT AT HALFTIME AND KOBE SAID YOU GUYS ARE SCARED GET OUT OF THE WAY, I'LL WIN IT MYSELF >> THA'S WILD AND HE IS JUST AN 18-YEAR-OLD KID SAYING THAT

YEAH, THAT'S — THAT'S CRAZY YEAH, IT'S — IT'S ALL YOU KNOW, THE 81 POINTS AGAINST TORONTO THE CHAMPIONSHIP AGAINST BOSTON ALL RIGHT JIM HERE'S ONE HE NEVER GET TO — HE AND I TALKED ABOUT THIS

ABOUT POSSIBLE STATUES HE DIDN'T WANT TO DISCUSS WHAT HIS STATUE WOULD HAVE BEEN BUT HE WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING IT AND NOW HE'LL NEVER SEE IT WHAT DO YOU THINK THE STATUE SHOULD BE OF HIM? WHAT DO YOU THINK? WHICH POSE DO YOU THINK HE SHOULD TAKE? I THINK HIM STANDING ON THE PRESS TABLE BASKETBALL IN HIS HAND AND HANDS UP RAISED BUT THERE'S SEVERAL — YOU KNOW HIM SHOOTING AND HIM TAKING A FADE AWAY ALL KINDS OF POSES YOU CAN DO FOR HIM

>> TWO JERSEYS RETIRED >> TWO JERSEYS RETIRED AND HE NEVER GOT TO GO INTO THE HALL OF FAME IMAGINE THAT >> I KNOW — I KNOW BILL, THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS THAT KOBE WILL NEVER GET TO DO BUT THE THINGS THAT STICK OUT IN MY MIND IS WHAT YOU MENTIONED EARLIER IS ABOUT WATCHING HIS — WATCHING HIS GIRLS GROW UP WATCHING HIS GIRLS WALK DOWN THE AISLE

>> AND HE TOLD ME HE SAID BILL, YOU DON'T KNOW PRESSURE — HE WAS JUST — WHEN WE TALKED YOU DON'T KNOW PRESSURE UNTIL YOU HAVE TO MEET SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO DATE YOUR 17-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER AND THAT'S — YEAH AND CAN YOU IMAGINE HAVING TO MEET THE MAMBA ON THE DOORSTEP? >> YEAH >> YOU KNOW MOST GUYS ARE AFRAID OF MEETING THE MOM HE'S AFRAID OF MEETING THE MAMBA

HE WAS — YEAH, HE WAS — HE WAS SO DOTING TO HIS DAUGHTERS TOO SO DOTING TO THEM JUST — YOU KNOW, AND AGAIN, LITTLE GIANNA WAS HIS BASKETBALL BUDDY SHE WENT WITH HIM EVERYWHERE >> HE LOVED SHOWING OFF HIS GIRLS DIDN'T HE? >> YES

I CAN'T IMAGINE THE PAIN VANESSA FEELS RIGHT NOW I CAN'T IMAGINE I CANNOT IMAGINE I JUST — I CAN'T EVEN BEGIN TO IMAGINE AND MY HEART AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO ALL OF THEM ALL THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE CRASH

WE CAN'T FORGET THE OTHERS WHO ARE PERISHED AS WELL THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT AND COMING DAYS YOU KNOW JIM, IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THE BASEBALL COACH ALTOBELLI REMEMBER THE HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL COACH, REMEMBER ALL THEM IT'S SO IMPORTANT

BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE THEY'LL GET INITIALLY INITIAL SHOCK, THEY'LL GET LEFT OUT BUT THEY SHOULD NOT BE FORGOTTEN >> NO YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT BILL THANK YOU SO MUCH

IT'S — AMAZING, YOU COVERED HIS FIRST GAME AND LIKE YOU MENTIONED AND YOU COVERED HIS LAST GAME >> SO DID YOU JIM AND I'M FLYING BACK — I'M FLYING BACK FROM MIAMI AND I'M AT THE SUPER BOWL I'M CANCELING THE SUPER BOWL AND I'M COMING BACKING FROM MIAMI TO GO TO THE GAME TUESDAY BECAUSE I WANT TO BE THERE FOR THE COMMOTION TO SEE THE FULL CIRCLE AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE LAKERS ARE GOING TO DO I'M SURE

>> KNOWING THE LAKERS, THE WAY THAT WE DO, AND I KNOW YOU KNOW JEANIE VERY WELL IT WILL BE FULL OF PASSION AND IT WILL BE FULL O — >> SHE HAS TO BE CRUSHED >> OH MY GOODNESS YEAH >> I CAN'T IMAGINE ALL RIGHT BUDDY HANG IN THERE JIM

>> THANKS A LOT BILL APPRECIATE YOUR TIME MAN THAT'S — THAT'S BILL OF THE "LOS ANGELES TIMES" AND BILL IS ONE OF THE PREMIERE WRITERS IN OUR PROFESSION NOT ONLY IN LOS ANGELES AREA, BUT IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY AND I TELL BILL A LOT OF TIMES YOU KNOW, NOT — I LIKE SITTING NEXT TO THE WRITERS BECAUSE IF THEY SAY SOMETHING CRITICAL ABOUT A GUY

THEY'RE THERE THE NEXT DAY TO FACE HIM WITH IT AND I'VE SEEN — I'VE SEEN HIM WRITE SOME PRETTY TOUGH STUFF ABOUT PEOPLE BUT HE'S RIGHT THERE THE NEXT DAY AND KOBE WAS ALWAYS ONE WHO WAS THERE, NOSE TO NOSE WITH HIM EXPLAINING WHY HE DID WHAT HE DID SO — >> YOU KNOW WHAT ALSO I SO LEARNED AND ADMIRED ABOUT KOBE OVER THE YEARS, HE DIDN'T LIKE HYPOTHETICALS YOU COULD ASK HIM A HYPOTHETICAL QUESTION

WHAT IF LIKE TODAY, WHAT IF YOU WERE PLAYING — WAIT A MINUTE I'M NOT PLAYING AGAINST — SO I'M NOT GOING TO ANSWER THAT BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW I CAN ONLY TALK ABOUT WHEN I PLAYED WHAT I DID THEN WHAT HAPPENED THEN

>> I GIVE YOU ANOTHER ONE I WAS TALKING TO HIM ABOUT THE HALL OF FAME I SAID YOU KNOW, IF EVER THERE WAS A SUREFIRE HALL OF FAMER YOU WERE IT HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO SAY? LIKE YOU SAID, NO HAVEN'T THOUGHT ABOUT IT YET

I'LL WAIT AND DEAL WITH THAT WHEN THE TIME COMES >> WHEN IT HAPPENS >> HE ALWAYS DEALT IN THE PRESENT AND HE'S — >> YOU KNOW, WE'RE SO LUCKY TO HAVE THE PERSPECTIVE OF YOU, JIM, AND THE PEOPLE THAT YOU HAVE INTERVIEWED TODAY WE WANT DO GO BACK TO THE FIRST TIME THAT YOU MET KOBE BRYANT I THINK WE HAVE SOME VIDEO

IF YOU DON'T MIND WALKING US THROUGH THAT HE'S 17 YEARS OLD AND YOU ARE INTERVIEWING HIM AT STAPLES CENTER >> HE APPEARED ON ARLESS

REMEMBER THE TV SHOW? >> I REMEMBER THAT >> AND I WAS TALKING TO HIM ABOUT THAT AND WE WERE JUST LAUGHING AND JOKING AND GOING ON AND KOBE THEN ACTED LIKE HE HAS BEEN IN THE BUSINESS 15, 20 YEARS HE WAS JUST — HE WAS JUST ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE AND HE — HE KNEW HOW TO HANDLE HIMSELF IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA

HE — AND THIS PARTICULAR CLIP, HE WAS SPEAKING ENGLISH AND ITALIAN WHICH KIND OF THREW ALL OF US OFF BUT WE WERE LAUGHING AND JOKING ABOUT HIM, WHAT HE WAS GOING TO DO WITH THE LAKERS HOW HE FELT ABOUT BEING A LAKER THE RESPONSIBILITY HE FELT TO THE COMMUNITY AS BEING A MEMBER OF THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS

WHO'S GOING TO BE — THE LAKERS ICONIC TEAM IN YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE TOP ICONIC TEAMS IN ALL OF THE WORLD AND SO THIS WAS THE FIRST INTERVIEW WITH HIM WHEN I DID AND ARLESS AND WE LAUGHED AND JOKED ABOUT THAT EVEN UNTIL A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO >> WHEN THERE'S YOUNG MAN THAT COME INTO THE TOWN AND ARE IN SPORTS AND OUTSIDE OF SPORTS, WE KNOW THE AUDIENCE KNOWS ABOUT SPORTS THEY GET TO KNOW JIM HILL

AND MOST OF THEM ARE SMART ENOUGH — OH COME ON TAKE IT % THEY'RE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW OKAY I CAN LEARN A LOT FROM HIM AND YOU TAKE THE TIME WITH THEM TO WHISPER SOME THINGS IN THEIR EAR TO PULL THEM TO THE SIDE AND JUST GIVE THEM A LITTLE YOU KNOW A LITTLE BIT OF INFORMATION

THAT'S WONDERFUL I LOVED TO WATCH YOU TWO BANDER BACK AND FORTH OVER THE YEARS >> WE CAN'T DISCUSS EVERYTHING SOME OF THE THINGS WE TALKED ABOUT WE TALKED ABOUT STRATEGY AND WE TALKED ABOUT HIS HEART

AND HOW BIG A HEART HE HAS AND HOW HE WILL GO TO THE ENDS HE WILL GO TO THE DEPTHS AND THE DEEPEST PART OF THE OCEAN TO HELP HIS TEAMMATES TO DO WHAT'S SUPPOSED TO BE DONE IN ORDER TO WIN — IN ORDER TO WIN GAMES HE MAY HAVE PROBABLY — IS THE MOST SINGULARLY FOCUSED ATHLETE I HAVE EVER MET

YOU KNOW — >> THAT'S SAYING A LOT >> THAT'S UNDERSTANDABLE BECAUSE THERE WAS A QUOTE ABOUT KOBE BRYANT THAT SAID HE WAS RELEAPTLESS AND COMPETITIVE AND HAD A WORK ETHIC AND I UNDERSCORED ETHIC BECAUSE THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT HAVE PASSION THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT HAVE THE ABILITY AND CAN BE COMPETITIVE BUT IF THEY DON'T HAVE THE ETHIC THEY CAN'T REACH THE HEIGHTS OF LIKE A KOBE >> ONE PERSON LIKE BILL, BILL SAW THAT

BILL — THERE WERE A FEW OF US THAT SAW THAT PASSION THAT WORK ETHIC THERE WERE SOME OF US THAT SAW HIM WHEN THEY WENT ON THE ROAD AND HE HAD A BAD GAME ON THE ROAD AND HE WOULD ASK THE ARENA TO KEEP THE LIGHTS ON AT NIGHT AFTER EVERYBODY LEFT SO HE COULD GO TO THE VISITING TEAM'S ARENA AND SHOOT AND THEY WOULD BE GLAD TO DO THAT FOR HIM

HE — YOU KNOW, HE HAD THE IT FACTOR YOU KNOW, YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO SPELL IT BUT YOU KNOW IT WHEN YOU SEE IT >> AND YOU CERTAINLY HAD IT AND I LIKED LISTENING TO BILL TOO TALKING ABOUT WELL, THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT DIDN'T LIKE KOBE

DIDN'T LIKE THAT MAYBE HE WAS GETTING THE ATTENTION OR THAT HE WAS GETTING THE BALL BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHAT HE DID TO DO THAT, YOU HAVE TO STEP BACK AND GIVE HIM CREDIT HE WAS ONLY WORKING SO HARD TO IMPROVE HIMSELF AND THAT WAY, HE COULD IMPROVE OTHERS AROUND HIM SO WHILE YOU GOT UPSET BECAUSE HE WAS PRACTICING LATE, HE WAS PRACTICING LATE

>> HE WAS PRACTICING LATE >> WHAT WERE YOU DOING? >> HE WAS — HE WAS ONE OF THE MOST BRUTALLY HONEST PEOPLE I HAVE EVER MET IF HE LIKED YOU, HE TOLD YOU IF HE DIDN'T LIKE YOU, HE TOLD YOU EVEN FASTER THAT'S — YOU KNOW THAT'S HOW — HE WOULD DO THINGS — AND THERE WERE OTHER TIMES HE WENT DOWN TO SPEAK TO THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA FOOTBALL TEAM AND THEY WERE IN AWE

AND HE SPOKE TO THE CHARGERS AND THEY WERE IN AWE HE WALKED INTO THE ROOM AND THE CHARGERS — ARRANGED TO HAVE HIM COME AND SPEAK TO THEM AND WHEN HE WALKED IN THE ROOM, THEY WERE — THESE ARE NFL PLAYERS WHO WERE IN AWE OF HIM >> YOU KNOW WHAT? WE WANT TO GO FULL CIRCLE HERE BECAUSE WE TALKED ABOUT THE FIRST TIME AND FIRST INTERVIEW NOW THAT WE HAVE SOME FOOTAGE OF THE LAST INTERVIEW

WHICH WASN'T THAT LONG AGO TELL US ABOUT THAT INTERACTION AND THE LAST INTERVIEW WITH KOBE BRYANT >> ABOUT TEN DAYS AGO WE WERE AT LAFC AND THE SOCCER TEAM OVER THERE

AND HE IS AN INVESTOR IN THE SPORTS DRINK AND WHEN YOU HAVE KOBE BRYANT OBVIOUS YOUR TEAM, IT'S AN INSTANT WINNER AND KOBE IS A — HE'S A VERY, VERY SMART SAVVY BUSINESSMAN AND SO WE WENT OVER THERE AND I I TOLD HIM I SAID YOU KNOW WHAT IF YOU DIDN'T PLAY BASKETBALL YOU WOULD HAVE PLAYED SOCCER HE WAS TALKING ABOUT HOW HE DOES THIS WITH HIS DAUGHTERS AND THEN WE WENT OFF AND WE GOT READY VIDEO THE INTERVIEW WITH HIM AFTERWARDS AND JUST BEFORE HE WALKED AWAY AND GOT IN THE CAR AND DROVE AWAY FROM LAFC OVER BY THE COLISEUM, THIS IS THE LAST INTERVIEW WITH KOBE BRYANT

ANYONE WHO KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT YOU KNOWS THAT IF YOU HADN'T BEEN A HALL OF FAME PLAYER, YOU'D BE A GREAT SOCCER PLAYER AS WELL YOU LOVE THIS SPORT >> WELL I DO LOVE IT I MEAN YOU KNOW GROWING UP IN ITALY THAT WAS A PRIMARY SPORT

WHEN I FIRST MOVED OVER THERE IT WAS YOU KNOW BASKETBALL WAS AN AFTERTHOUGHT SO YOU KNOW IT WAS LIKE A RELIGION YOU HAD TO PLAY SOCCER EVERY DAY >> YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ONE WHO'S CONCERNED ABOUT THE YOUNG PLAYER AND THEIR HEALTH >> IT'S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT

IT'S ALL EDUCATION ALL RIGHT? IF WE ARE LOOKING AT THE YOUTH AND WHAT WE CAN PROVIDE FOR THEM ARE TWO THINGS IT'S EDUCATION AND INSPIRATION ALL RIGHT AND WE HAVE TO PROVIDE THE TWO THINGS THE PARTNERSHIP WITH MLS WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO DOING THAT AND EDUCATING THEM ON WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HEALTHY

BUT IT MEANS TO BE ACTIVE WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HEALTHY AND ACTIVE AND SO IT'S GOING TO BE A FUN PARTNERSHIP >> AS FAR AS THE LAKERS CONCERNED, THEY'RE PLAYING LIKE OGS MAN I MEAN THEY'RE PLAYING LIKE THEY WANT IT

>> ROB DID GREAT JOB ASSEMBLING THE TEAM REALLY SMARTLY WITH SIZE AND VERSATILITY AND TENACITY THESE ARE GUYS THAT ARE REALLY COMPETITIVE AND THEY ALL HAVE SOMETHING TO PROVE BUT THEY ALL HAVE A VERSATILE SKILL SET THAT THEY BRING TO THE BASKETBALL FLOOR

AND THEY'VE BEEN DOING TREMENDOUSLY WELL >> I'VE NOTICED WHENEVER YOU GO TO THE GAME, LeBRON'S GAME STEPS UP JUST A LITTLE BIT YOU KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT >> HE'S ALWAYS PLAYING HOOT A HI LEVEL MAN AND IT'S BEEN FUN TO WATCH

I MEAN, IT'S BEEN SO MUCH CHATTER ABOUT HIM KIND OF BEING OVER THE HILL YOU KNOW, COMING AFTER LAST SEASON AND YOU KNOW HE CAME INTO THE SEASON WITH A CHIP ON HIS SHOULDER AND CERTAINLY PLAYING LIKE IT >> CONGRATULATIONS HOF IF THERE WAS EVER A SAFE BET IT WAS YOU GOING INTO THE HALL OF FAME

>> WELL I APPRECIATE MAN THANK YOU >> WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU? HAVE YOU HAD A CHANCE TO SIT AND THINK ABOUT IT? NO >> NOT TOO MUCH YOU KNOW ME I TRY TO LOOK FORWARD AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE

BUT YOU KNOW, WHEN THAT MOMENT COMES, CAN'T HELP BUT BECOME A LITTLE NOSTALGIC >> SEE WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT? WANT TO END WITH THIS THIS BOOK IS CALLED "LEGACY AND THE QUEEN" AT THE BEGINNING OF IT HE WROTE TO MY FOUR BEAUTIFUL SPIRITED STRONG DAUGHTERS WHEN YOU FIERCELY PROTECT YOUR PASSION, NO ONE CAN EVER STEAL YOUR DREAMS THAT'S WHAT I'LL ALWAYS REMEMBER ABOUT HIM

>> SO TRUE JIM AND MAYBE JUST — SEVEN MONTHS OLD ALL RIGHT, THANKS SO MUCH JIM WE KNOW YOU HAVE A LOT MORE WORK TO DO A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT WANT TO TALK TO YOU AND GIVE THEIR CONDOLENCES AND TRIBUTES

SO WE'RE GOING TO LET YOU GO DO THAT THANKS SO MUCH JIM HILL WE WANT TO TURN NOW TO MICHELLE WHO'S IN NEWPORT BEACH AND MICHELLE IS GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT ONE OF THE OTHER VICTIMS TODAY IN THIS HORRIFIC CRASH ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE BASEBALL COACH JOHN ALTOBELLI AND HE WAS ALSO THERE I BELIEVE WITH HIS WIFE AND DAUGHTER, MICHELLE? >> Reporter: PAT, THAT'S RIGHT WE ARE ON THE BASEBALL FIELD HERE AT ORANGE COAST COLLEGE BETTER KNOWN AS OCC HERE IN ORANGE COUNTY

AND I DO WANT TO MENTION BEFORE WE GET TO THE COACH THE FACT THAT EVERYONE ON BOARD THIS HELICOPTER LIVED IN ORANGE COUNTY WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THREE LOCAL MOTHERS TWO DAUGHTERS ON BOARD THAT IS WHAT WE'RE HEARING FROM ALL KINDS OF SOURCES HERE IN ORANGE COUNTY MANY OF THESE PEOPLE HAD CONNECTIONS TO NEWPORT BEACH AND OF COURSE KOBE BRYANT AND HIS FAMILY LIVED IN NEWPORT COAST

ALL OF THESE PEOPLE ARE CONNECTED TO KOBE THROUGH MAMBA BASKETBALL THERE WAS ALSO A DAD ON BOARD AND THAT'S THE COACH YOU WERE JUST MENTIONING, HIS NAME IS JOHN ALTOBELLI HE'S LEGENDARY HERE AT ORANGE COAST COLLEGE I'M GOING TO BRING IN HIS ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH IN JUST A SECOND BUT I WANT TO TELL YOU ABOUT COACH ALTO

HE IS — HE WAS ABOUT TO BEGIN HIS 28th YEAR HERE AS A MATTER OF FACT OPENING DAY IS THIS COMING TUESDAY AND SINCE ABOUT 12:30 TODAY, HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE HAVE JUST SPONTANEOUSLY SHOWED UP HERE AT THE FIELD AND WERE CALLING THIS A FIELD OF DREAMS AND NATE JOHNSON HERE IS GOING TO EXPLAIN TO US WHY AND COACH ALTO MADE IT HAPPEN BUT COACH WAS ON BOARD WITH HIS WIFE CARRIE AND HIS DAUGHTER ALYSSA WHO PLAYS BASKETBALL AND I'M GOING TO EXPLAIN MORE ABOUT THAT — NATE, YOU KNEW THEY TOLD YOU, THAT THEY WERE GOING ON THIS FLIGHT TODAY

>> YEAH, WE HAD A SCRIMMAGE YESTERDAY AND HE WAS ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT HOW HE'S GOING ON THE CHOPPER WITH KOBE SO NO DIFFERENT YESTERDAY HE WAS SAYING YEAH I'M GOING ON THE CHOPPER WITH KOBE TOMORROW MORNING AND WE'RE GOING TO GO UP TO THOUSAND OAKS AND WATCH A FEW GAMES AS SOON AS I HEARD KOBE BRYANT'S HELICOPTER WENT DOWN I KIND OF HAD THE IDEA THAT ALTO WAS MORE THAN LIKELY ON BOARD THERE

>> OKAY SO HE TOOK OFF AS FAR AS YOU KNOW FROM JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT AND THEY WERE LANDING IN CAMARILLO? >> YEAH THAT'S WHAT HE TOLD ME THEN DRIVE DOWN TO THOUSAND OAKS FROM THERE >> Reporter: OKAY AND THEN FLY BACK HERE OF COURSE AFTER THE TOURNAMENT WAS OVER >> YEP >> Reporter: SO TELL US ABOUT — FIRST OF ALL, THIS FIELD

FOR YEARS, COACH ALTO DREAMED OF HAVING A TURF FIELD SO WE ARE CALLING THIS HIS FIELD OF DREAMS >> YEP, YES, MA'AM THIS IS THE HOUSE THAT ALTO BUILT HE DID IT ALL AND FUND RAISED FOR IT ALL AND THERE WAS NOTHING ELSE HE WANTED BUT TURF

I'VE BEEN HERE SEVEN YEARS AND HE WAS TALKING ABOUT TURF FOR SEVEN YEARS AND HE FINALLY GOT IT DONE BEFORE THE 2018 SEASON AND I MEAN, IT WAS HIS DREAM ALL HE WANTED — HE WANTED TO BE LIKE ALL THE GYM COACHES UNLOCK THE DOORS AND AS SOON AS PRACTICE IS OVER LOCK THEM BACK UP HE GOT THAT DREAM >> Reporter: SO THIS IS THE GUY WHO LED HIS TEAM FOUR TIMES TO THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP, WINNING FOUR DIFFERENT TIMES

LAST YEAR HE WAS NAMED NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR AND AS WE SAID HE WAS BEGINNING HIS 28th YEAR HERE AT ORANGE COAST COLLEGE AND THIS IS A UNIQUE POSITION TO BE IN BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT HANGING ON TO YOUR PLAYERS FOR DEAR LIFE BECAUSE YOU ARE SHEPHERDING THEM ON TO OTHER THINGS TO PERHAPS D-I BASEBALL AND OTHER PLACES TELL ME ABOUT THAT RELATIONSHIP

>> THAT WAS HIS GOAL THAT'S WHAT HE LOVED DOING HERE, HE WANT — HE DIDN'T WANT GUYS TO COME TO OCC TO PLAY FOR OCC HE WANTED GUYS TO COME HERE TO MAKE OTHER PROGRAMS TO MAKE CAL STATE FULLERTON'S TEAM AND UCI AND YOU KNOW, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN AND AUBURN AND UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AND UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON I MEAN WE'VE SENT GUYS ALL OVER THE PLACE AND THAT'S WHAT HE WANTED

THAT'S WHAT BROUGHT HIM THE MOST JOY >> Reporter: OPENING DAY IS TUESDAY, YOU WILL LIKELY TAKE OVER THE REINS FOR YOUR BELOVED FRIEND HOW ARE YOU GUYS GOING TO GET THROUGH THIS? >> I DON'T KNOW YOU KNOW, SPORTS — IT'S JUST CRAZY THING IT'S — IT KIND OF BRINGS EVERYONE CLOSER TOGETHER

AND I BROUGHT EVERYONE TOGETHER TODAY EVERYONE GATHERED HERE AND OUR TEAM GATHERED HERE AND I JUST TALKED TO THEM I SAID HEY PRACTICE TOMORROW IF YOU WANT TO WE WILL IF YOU DON'T WE WON'T IF YOU WANT TO PLAY ON TUESDAY, WE WILL

THEY SAID WE WANT TO PRACTICE TOMORROW AND PLAY ON TUESDAY YOU KNOW AND THAT'S KIND OF HOW SPORTS IS EVERYONE SAYS THAT'S THE WAY THEY WOULD HAVE WANTED THAT'S THE WAY HE WOULD HAVE WANTED IT >> Reporter: THANK YOU; THAT'S NATE JOHNSON THE ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH HERE AT ORANGE COAST COLLEGE

AND ONE OTHER THING THAT'S ESPECIALLY POIGNANT HERE TODAY, TONY ALTOBELLI IS THE BROTHER OF JOHN OF COACH ALTO AND HE'S THE DIRECTOR OF SPORTS INFORMATION HERE AT THIS COLLEGE AND WE INTERVIEWED HIM EARLIER AND RIGHT NOW, HE IS IN HIS OFFICE WRITING THE PRESS RELEASE ABOUT HIS BROTHER'S DEATH THAT'S THE LATEST LIVE HERE IN COAST TAMASHA

BACK TO YOU GUYS >> MICHELLE THANK YOU CERTAINLY A DAY THAT HAS BEEN TURNED UPSIDE DOWN FOR SO MANY PEOPLE JEFF SO MUCH LOSS SO MUCH TRAGEDY

AND JUST TALKING ABOUT WHAT HAS HAPPENED TODAY AND LOOKING BACK ON THE LIFE CERTAINLY OF SOME OF THE FAMILIES AND THE OTHER VICTIMS WHO HAVE YET TO BE IDENTIFIED ANOTHER PERSONAL NOTE ABOUT KOBE, HE WAS SO GENEROUS IN TERMS OF JUST THE CHARITABLE WORK THAT HE DID OR HIS WILLINGNESS TO HELP NONPROFITS >> YEAH

>> I WAS CO-CHAIR OF A NONPROFIT AND I BELIEVE WE NEEDED LIKE BASKETBALLS OR SOMETHING SIGNED OR JERSEY AND DIDN'T YOU KNOW — WASN'T QUITE SURE LIKE WE'RE GOING TO APPROACH KOBE BRYANT OR WE'RE GOING TO GET KOBE BRYANT TO BE INVOLVED AND HE JUST GENEROUSLY AND HAPPILY GAVE US SOME ITEMS TO AUCTION OFF I THINK YOU KNOW WHENEVER HE HEARD ABOUT THINGS THAT PEOPLE WERE DOING THAT WOULD UPLIFT OTHER PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY TO CELEBRATE PEOPLE THAT GAVE SO MUCH OF THEMSELVES TO HELP OTHERS THAT WE DON'T CELEBRATE THE PEOPLE THAT YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT

HE WAS THERE TO LEND A HELPING HAND AND TO LIFT THEM UP AND I JUST DON'T WANT THAT TO GET LOST IN HOW WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HIM AND OF COURSE WE'VE MENTIONED IT AND JUST THE AURA OF WHO HE WAS AND WHAT HE MEANT TO THE GAME OF BASKETBALL AND TO THE CITY OF L

A FOR BRINGING CHAMPIONSHIPS BUT GOD HE WAS SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT AND TO WATCH HIM GROW INTO THAT ROLE, THAT'S — THAT'S JUST AMAZING IT'S JUST AMAZING AND MAKES IT EVEN SO MUCH MORE — SO MUCH MORE SAD

>> WELL, FOR OUR VIEWERS THAT MAY WONDER WHEN IS THE NEXT TIME THE LAKERS PLAY, IT'S GOING TO BE ON TUESDAY IT WILL BE AT THE SAMEMENTS CENTER AGAINST THE CLIPPERS AND THAT'S A LIVE LOOK AT THE STAPLES CENTER OF COURSE THE GRAMMY'S GOING ON INSIDE BUT OUTSIDE A DIFFERENT TRIBUTE IS GOING ON NOT TO MUSIC, BUT TO KOBE BRYANT

LESLIE MARINE IS THERE WITH THE LOOK AT THE VERY LATEST FROM THE STAPLES CENTER AND LOS ANGELES LIVE RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET LESLIE? >> Reporter: YEAH, AND I WILL TELL YOU THERE'S SOME PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN HERE FOR HOURS AND JUST WANT THE BASK IN THE EXPERIENCE THEY TELL ME THEY DIDN'T KNOW WHERE ELSE TO GO BUT OF COURSE KOBE'S SECOND HOME STAPLES CENTER JUST HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE HERE IF YOU CAN TAKE A LOOK — YEAH

PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CHANTING ALL DAY KOBE, MVP AND JUST WHAT THEY WANT TO DO I DO WANT TO TALK TO A FAMILY THOUGH RIGHT HERE THIS IS MAURICE OWE

WHAT DOES HE MEAN TO YOU? >> HE'S ONE OF MY IDOLS I GREW UP WATCHING HIM PLAY BALL THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY KOBE AND VANESSA, SORRY, OUR CONDOLENCES TO ALL YOU GUYS >> Reporter: I HOPE THAT THEY CAN STILL HEAR US IS WHEN HE ACTUALLY POINTED AT YOU DURING A PARADE

>> YES, KOBE BRYANT DID ACTUALLY POINT AT US ME AND MY FAMILY SAYING HOLDING THE TROPHY POINTING TO YOU AND HITTING HIS CHEST THAT'S WHAT KOBE DID ALWAYS TRYING TO HIT HIS CHEST

BLACK MAMBA MENTALITY >> Reporter: YOU CAN HEAR THE PEOPLE HAVE SO MUCH LOVE FOR KOBE BRYANT I WANT TO SHOW YOU THE MARQUEES THOUGH TAKE A LOOK, YOU CAN SEE THE RITZ-CARLTON BEHIND US THERE THEY HAVE THE LARGE IN LOVING MEMORY OF KOBE BRYANT POSTED UP THERE

I WOULD SAY THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE HERE AND DIFFERENT MEMORIALS SPREAD OUT THROUGH L A LIVE RIGHT NOW PEOPLE JUST WANT TO BE HERE

THIS FAMILY IN FACT HAS BEEN HERE FOR ABOUT THREE HOURS AND THEY SAY THEY DON'T WANT THE LEAVE BECAUSE THEY KNOW WHERE ELSE THEY CAN MOURN AND THIS IS REALLY HELPING THEM WITH THE MOURNING PROCESS REALLY BEING WITH OTHER LAKER FANS AND YOU CAN SEE PEOPLE ARE JUST DECKED OUT IN PURPLE AND GOLD AND I WILL TELL YOU IT'S REALLY INTERESTING, BECAUSE THE GRAMMY'S ARE HAPPENING TONIGHT AND EITHER YOU ARE SEEING PEOPLE THAT ARE SUPER DRESSED UP GOING TO THE GRAMMY'S OR YOU ARE SEEING PEOPLE IN THEIR LAKER GEAR IN THEIR KOBE'S JERSEYS AND EVERYONE IS JUST OUT HERE SUPPORTING AND HONESTLY THERE'S SO MUCH LOVE IN THE AREA PEOPLE HAVE COME DOWN HERE FOR CHAMPIONSHIP WINS AND THEY'VE CAME DOWN HERE WHEN KOBE RETIRED

AND A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE HOPEFUL OBVIOUSLY THAT THE LAKERS CAN CONTINUE WITH KOBE'S LEGACY FOR NOW YOU GUYS BACK TO YOU >> ALL RIGHT THANK YOU FOR THAT LESLIE >> YOU KNOW, IT'S BEEN SOMETHING TO SEE WHAT HAS HAPPENED AT THE CRASH SITE IN CALABASAS WE'VE HAD A NUMBER OF REPORTERS THERE THROUGHOUT THE MORNING AND THE AFTERNOON AND INTO THE EVENING

AND THERE'S A MEMORIAL THERE AS WELL AT THE CRASH SITE JUST OFF OF LAS VIRGINS >> AND OUR CHRIS HOME STROMB IS THERE NOW AND IT'S GOT TO BE — DARK AT THIS TIME I WOULD THINK IF NOT IT'S CLOSE TO IT BUT I IMAGINE STILL SO MANY PEOPLE THERE CHRIS AS WELL AS LAW ENFORCEMENT AND OF COURSE THE INVESTIGATORS ARE STILL TRYING TO DETERMINE HOW THIS HELICOPTER WENT DOWN

CHRIS? >> Reporter: YEAH, THAT'S RIGHT STILL A LOT OF QUESTIONS OUT HERE AS TO WHAT HAPPENED AND YOU ARE RIGHT IT IS GETTING DARK RIGHT NOW BUT YOU KNOW, FANS ARE STILL COMING HERE AND FANS HAVE BEEN HERE OUT HERE ALL DAY BECAUSE THIS IS A HEART-BREAKING STORY AND THIS IS A MAN WHO MADE SO MANY PEOPLE SO HAPPY FOR SO LONG WELL LET ME TALK TO YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE INVESTIGATION

RIGHT NOW YOU CAN ACTUALLY ZOOM IN YOU CAN STILL SEE A LITTLE BIT OF THE CRASH SITE YOU CAN STILL SEE SMOKE HOURS LATER COMING FROM WHERE THE HELICOPTER IS AND I BELIEVE THERE'S STILL INVESTIGATORS OUT THERE WORKING INTO THE NIGHT TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT CAUSED THIS HELICOPTER OF NINE PEOPLE ON BOARD TO CRASH BUT IF YOU ZOOM OUT A LITTLE BIT IF YOU LOOK ALONG THE LINE, THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF FANS OUT HERE WHO ARE PAYING THEIR RESPECTS TO KOBE BRYANT THE GOAT FOR MANY PEOPLE HERE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

AND IT'S ALSO AMAZING TO SEE ALL THE LOVE FROM THE STAPLES CENTER AND DOWN TO ORANGE COUNTY AND UP HERE TO CALABASAS AND I WANT TO BRING INTO THE CAMERA ARMANDO HE ACTUALLY CAME FROM WEST KOA VEENA THIS MORNING TOOK YOU AN HOUR AND A HALF TO COME UP HERE TALK TO ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOU KNOW, YOUR REACTION WHEN YOU HEARD ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED THIS MORNING >> MAN, I WAS — I WAS VERY SHOCKED

IT FELT SO SURREAL I FELT LIKE I HAVE KNOWN THIS MAN MY WHOLE LIFE WATCHED HIM GROWING UP AND I MEAN I KNOW HE WASN'T PLAYING ANYMORE BUT STILL FOLLOWED HIM ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND ANY OUTING IN THE PUBLIC HE HAD I WOULD GO SUCH A BIG PART OF LOS ANGELES IT WAS CRAZY >> Reporter: YOU ARE REPRESENTING HIM WITH THE NUMBER 24 JERSEY

A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT HERE WEARING THE BLACK AND GOLD AND PURPLE AND BOLD AS WELL SO SEEING ALL OF FANS OUT HERE AS WELL, WHO HAVE DROVE — WHO CAME FROM SO FAR AWAY, WHAT IS IT LIKE TO HAVE THAT CAMARADERIE WITH THE OTHER PEOPLE? >> I JUST FEEL LIKE WE ALL SHARE THE SAME LOVE FOR THE LAKERS, FOR KOBE AND I MEAN KOBE BECAME A PART OF OUR HOME IT WAS ALMOST LIKE EVERY NIGHT WE WOULD GO HOME AND JUST WATCH THE LAKERS WHEN HE WAS ON SOMETHING YOU COULDN'T MISS NEVER KNEW WHAT YOU WOULD GET WITH HIM

HE WAS SCORING 40 OR EITHER WINNING FIVE CHAMPIONSHIPS >> Reporter: HE WAS AMAZING FOR SURE TRULY TALENTED AND WE TALK ABOUT YOU KNOW HOW GREAT HE WAS HERE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BUT AROUND THE WORLD, THIS IS NEWS, THIS IS A TRAGEDY THAT'S AFFECTING PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE WORLD >> OH DEFINITELY I WAS ACTUALLY TELLING MY FRIEND IT'S CRAZY HOW THIS MAN LITERALLY YOU WERE ABLE TO HEAR ACROSS THE WORLD I MEAN NEM AR HAD A GAME TODAY IN FRANCE AND HE SHOWED HIS RESPECTS TO KOA BOW DURING THE GAME AFTER HE SCORED A GOAL

NOT JUST LOS ANGELES, IT'S WORLD WIDE WE'RE ALL HURTING >> Reporter: WHERE GO YOU GO FROM HERE? >> MAN JUST GOING WAIT FOR THE NEWS OF THE MEMORIAL AND NOW I HOPE THE LAKERS CAN HONOR HIM WITH AL CHAMPIONSHIP THIS YEAR IT'S THE ONLY WAY TO GO >> Reporter: THANK YOU SO MUCH

SO ARMANDO JUST ONE OF THOUSANDS PROBABLY MILLIONS OF PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO ARE MOURNING WHO ARE TRULY HEARTBROKEN BY THIS NEWS THAT HAPPENED YOU KNOW, WE HEAR ABOUT KOBE BRYANT BUT ALSO YOU CAN'T FORGET ABOUT HIS DAUGHTER OR THE OTHER EIGHT PEOPLE ON BOARD BUT OUT HERE IN CALABASAS YOU DEFINITELY FEEL IT DEFINITELY A LOT OF HEARTBREAKS OUT HERE AND YOU KNOW, CREWS INVESTIGATORS ARE STILL OUT ON THE MOUNTAIN INTO THE NIGHT TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT HAPPENED

HOURS LATER SEVERAL HOURS LATER, STILL SMOKE COMING FROM THIS CRASH SITE I MEAN, PAT AND JEFF, IT DEFINITELY IS HEART-BREAKING TO SEE ALL THIS BUT YOU KNOW, THE LOVE AND SUPPORT I HOPE THAT HELPS HIS FAMILY AND HIS LOVED ONES JUST KIND OF GET THROUGH THIS PROCESS TOGETHER BECAUSE YOU KNOW, DEFINITELY GOING TO BE A LOT BUT I'M NOT SURE IF YOU GUYS CAN SEE THIS

MAYBE YOU CAN SEE SOME LIGHTS UP THERE OF INVESTIGATORS TRYING TO YOU KNOW DO WHAT THEY CAN THE CORONER IS GOING TO BE CALLED OUT HERE AS WELL TO YOU KNOW POSITIVELY IDENTIFY YOU KNOW, THESE OTHER EIGHT, SEVEN BODIES >> YOU KNOW, CHRIS I WANTED TO ASK YOU SINCE YOU ARE ON THE SCENE THERE, IF THERE'S BEEN ANY WORD ABOUT THE CONDITIONS AT THE TIME OF THIS CRASH

WE UNDERSTAND SOME OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT HELICOPTERS WERE GROUNDED BECAUSE OF THE FOGGY CONDITIONS HAS THERE BEEN ANY WORD ABOUT IF THAT MAY HAVE BEEN A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR TO THIS? >> Reporter: YEAH, YOU KNOW, THAT'S A BIG QUESTION OUT HERE AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THAT ACTUALLY CAUSED THE CRASH THAT'S STILL UNKNOWN BUT I ACTUALLY SPOKE TO A MAN WHO WAS WALKING HIS DOG AT 9:46 THIS MORNING OR 9:56 THIS MORNING WHEN HE HEARD — HE HEARD THE HELICOPTER FLY OVER

ALL OF A SUDDEN, HE HEARD A LOUD BOOM HIT THE MOUNTAINSIDE YOU KNOW, HE CALLED THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AND LET THEM KNOW HE — I ASKED HIM WHAT THE CONDITIONS WERE LIKE AND HE SAYS CONDITIONS WERE AWFUL IT WAS — THERE WAS HEAVY FOG IN THIS AREA

THIS WAS EARLY IN THE MORNING AND HE SAID IT WAS OVERCAST AND YOU KNOW, AND YOU IMAGINE YOU ARE FLYING IN THE AREA I MEAN IT DEFINITELY MAKES IT HARD TO SEE BUT WHETHER OR NOT THAT CAUSED THE ACTUAL CRASH STILL TOO SOON TO TELL BUT THE GUY JUST TALKING TO HIM HE WAS ACTUALLY WORKING WITH L A

COUNTY FIRE AS WELL AND THEY WERE HELPING HIM OR HE WAS ACTUALLY HELPING THEM LOCATE WHERE THE FIRE WAS BECAUSE OF THE HEAVY FOG ONCE HE FOUND OUT WHO IT WAS, YOU KNOW DEFINITELY HARD TO HEAR FOR HIM FOR SURE >> SURE IT WAS TOO CHRIS WE UNDERSTAND WE KNOW THE CORONER IS OUT THERE AND WILL BE OF COURSE UNTIL THEY HAVE THE BODIES NOTIFICATION OF THE FAMILIES

BEFORE THEY TRANSPORT THE BODIES AS YOU HAVE BEEN TALKING, CHRIS, WE'VE BEEN SHOWING PICTURES FROM YOU KNOW, DIFFERENT POINTS OF REFERENCE AROUND L A AND THE FERRIS WHEEL AT SANTA MONICA THE PYLONS AT L

A X LIT UP IN PURPLE AND GOLD BUT YOU KNOW JEFF AND I WERE JUST TALKING AND READING SOME INFORMATION ABILITY THE WEATHER WAS SO BAD THIS MORNING THAT EVEN LAW ENFORCEMENT HELICOPTERS SOME CHOPPERS WERE — THEY WERE GROUNDED

THEY WEREN'T ABLE TO TAKE TO THE SKIES >> WE DO KNOW THAT THAT ORIGINATED FROM THE LONG BEACH — OR THE JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT AREA IN ORANGE COUNTY AND THEN FROM CAMARILLO DRIVE TO THE MAMBA SPORTS COMPLEX IN THOUSAND OAKS AND SO WE HAD REPORTS THAT THEY HAD TO CIRCLE IN ORDER FOR THE WEATHER TO CLEAR AT SOME POINT IN TIME SO WE DON'T KNOW IF THAT WAS A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR OR THE SOURCE OF THE CRASH BUT SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT BECAUSE THIS WAS HEAVY FOG AT LEAST AT SOME POINTS THIS MORNING

>> YEAH CHRIS, HAVE YOU HEARD ANY MORE INFORMATION? I'M SURE YOU HAVE HEARD A LOT OF YOU KNOW, REPORTS OR I DON'T WANT TO CALL IT GOSSIP BUT JUST SOME YOU KNOW TRAJECTORIES WHERE YOU ARE WITH PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT WHAT POSSIBLY COULD HAVE HAPPENED AND DEFINITELY WHAT THEY SAW >> Reporter: YOU KNOW, IT'S — IT'S TOO HARD TO SPECULATE OUT HERE BUT A LOT OF THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THIS AREA IT KEEPS GOING BACK TO WEATHER

AND YOU KNOW, JUST TALKING ABOUT HOW FOGGY AND YOU KNOW, HOW BAD THE CONDITIONS WERE THAT THEY COULDN'T REALLY SEE I MEAN LIKE I MENTIONED THAT GUY THAT I TALKED TO HE WAS WALKING HIS DOG HE HEARD THE CRASH BUT THEN HE HAD NO IDEA WHERE YOU KNOW, THAT — THAT HELICOPTER CRASHED INTO BECAUSE HE COULDN'T SEE THE FOG LEVELS WERE SO LOW EVEN WHEN WE WERE DRIVING OVER HERE EARLIER, YOU KNOW, THIS AFTERNOON, SHORTLY AFTER NOON, YOU KNOW THE FOG HAD LIFTED A LITTLE BIT AND IT'S CLEAR NOW

BUT HE'S LIKE IT WAS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT STORY YOU KNOW, 9:00, 10:00 THIS MORNING >> RIGHT >> BUT YOU KNOW, IT'S — IT'S HARD AND YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW, SHERIFF'S DETECTIVES AREN'T SAYING MUCH RIGHT NOW OBVIOUSLY BECAUSE IT'S STILL TOO EARLY NTSB NEEDS TO COME OUT HERE AND DO THE INVESTIGATION AS WELL THE FAA WILL BE OUT HERE AS WELL

AS YOU CAN SEE THEY'RE WORKING INTO THE NIGHT SO THIS IS DEFINITELY YOU KNOW ONE OF THOSE SITUATIONS WHERE THEY'RE TRYING TO TO BE VERY CAREFUL AND PIECE IT ALL TOGETHER AS FOR WHEN WE CAN HEAR ANOTHER UPDATE, THAT'S STILL UNKNOWN BUT THE LAST UPDATE WAS AROUND 2:45 THIS AFTERNOON AND YOU KNOW I'M SURE ONCE THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT GETS MORE INFORMATION, THEY'LL GIVE IT TO US BUT RIGHT NOW, NOT WHOLE LOT AS THEY INVESTIGATE OUT HERE

BUT DEFINITELY A LOT OF LOVE AND A LOT OF SUPPORT FROM THEIR FANS AND I CAN IMAGINE THEY'LL BE OUT HERE THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT BECAUSE THIS WAS — THE MAN WAS A LEGEND AND HE MEANT A LOT TO TEAM AND BROUGHT A LOT OF HAPPINESS TO A LOT OF HOUSEHOLDS FOR MANY, MANY YEARS AND YOU DEFINITELY — YOU FEEL THAT OUT HERE >> CHRIS, LIVE AT THE CRASH SITE IN CALABASAS PAT I WANT TO MENTION SOMETHING THERE OF THE STAPLES CENTER THE GRAMMY'S GOING ON INSIDE

I CAN TELL YOU THEY OPENED UP THE GRAMMY'S TONIGHT WITH A TRIBUTE TO KOBE SAYING THIS IS FOR KOBE TONIGHT >> WELL, IT'S JUST SURREAL JEFF BECAUSE THE GRAMMY'S ARE GOING ON ON THE SISTER STATION CBS 2 AS WE SPEAK

BUT THIS IS THE CROWD OUTSIDE WHILE THE GRAMMY'S ARE GOING ON INSIDE STAPLES CENTER AND OUR DESMOND SHAW IS OVERHEAD IN SKY # AT THIS HOUR GIVING US THE PICTURES DESMOND, THIS IS PRETTY INCREDIBLE AND PRETTY SURREAL >> YEAH ABSOLUTELY PAT AND JEFF

WE ARE JUST OUTSIDE OF L A LIVE HERE NEXT TO STAPLES CENTER YOU CAN SEE THE THOUSANDS OF MOURNERS IN THE PLAZA HERE I ZOOM IN HERE AND YOU CAN SEE THE CANDLES THAT HAVE BEEN SET UP

THE INCREDIBLE MAKESHIFT MEMORIALS WITH JERSEYS AND ALMOST EVERYONE DOWN HERE IS WEARING SOME SORT OF LAKERS REGALIA RIGHT NOW AND YOU CAN SEE THE TRIBUTE ON THE SCREEN HERE LET ME JUST KIND OF IRIS DOWN SO YOU CAN SEE MORE CLEARLY SORRY ABOUT THAT KOBE BRYANT'S IMAGE RIGHT HERE ON THE SCREEN SO THIS IS WHAT EVERYONE HAS BEEN TAKING A LOOK AT AND I'LL ZOOM OUT AND SHOW YOU AS WELL THE L

A SKYLINE A LOT OF BUILDINGS HERE LIT UP IN PURPLE AND YELLOW THESE BUILDINGS DOWN HERE I BELIEVES THIS CALLED OCEAN VIEW PLAZA RECENTLY OPENED THOSE ARE IN YELLOW AND PURPLE AND THEN OVER HERE AT THE INTERNATIONAL HOTEL, IS LIT UP AS WELL

THE US BANK BUILDING QUITE OFTEN WE SEE THEM YOU DO THE LEDs IN VARIOUS COLORS AND THEY ARE IN LAKERS' COLOR THIS IS EVENING AS WELL SO A MASSIVE OUTPOURING OF EMOTION TAKING PLACE ALL OVER THE CITY

BUT ESPECIALLY HERE IN THE HEART OF LOS ANGELES PAT AND JEFF BACK TO YOU >> OKAY DESMOND THANK YOU WE CAN KIND OF PUT THIS TO REST WE WERE TALKING EARLIER ABOUT THE FOURTH QUARTER OF THAT LAST GAME OF KOBE BRYANT

THEY WERE PLAYING UTAH AND THEY WON THAT GAME 101-96 AND IT WAS BECAUSE OF KOBE BRYANT HE WENT 22-0 SHOTS AND FOURTH QUARTER ALLY ALL BECAUSE OF KOBE AND I GUESS THE PLAYERS THE TEAMMATES TOLD HIM WE'RE NOT GOING PASS IT TO YOU YOU TAKE THE BALL AND THIS IS YOUR LAST GAME AND THAT'S HOW HE ENDED HIS CAREER AT THE STAPLES CENTER

>> 60 POINTS JEFF? >> YEAH, AND IT WAS — AND IT WAS — AND THE JAZZ WERE UP UNTIL THE FOURTH QUARTER LATE IN THE FOURTH QUARTER THAT LAST SECOND RALLY >> I THINK JEFF, THEY WERE — EVERYONE IN THAT BUILDING WAS JUST MESMERIZED INCLUDING THE UTAH JAZZ AND DID YOU — DID YOU THINK THAT WAS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN? >> I MEAN I REMEMBER WATCHING THAT

BECAUSE HE RETIRED IN 2016 HIS LAST GAME AND I WAS JUST LIKE OH, YEAH SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN HERE SOMETHING SPECIAL IS GOING TO HAPPEN HERE WE'RE NOT GOING TO LOSE THIS GAME >> THAT WAS SUPERSPECIAL

I MEAN FOR HIM TO TAKE OFF LIKE THAT AGAIN IT WAS JUST AN INCREDIBLE SIGHT TO BEHOLD I CAN REMEMBER THE GASPS AND CHEERS AND SCREAMING I THINK THE VISITING TEAM AND EVERYBODY IN THERE WAS JUST LET HIM WORK DO HIS THING HE CERTAINLY DID THAT WILL — OH

YOU KNOW WHAT THOUGH JEFF IS JUST UNREAL TO TALK ABOUT STATS AND THINGS OF THIS NATURE SO EARLY IN HIS CAREER BUT THIS IS — THIS IS HOW HE'S GOING TO BE REMEMBERED BY THE STATS BY THE HISTORY THAT HE LEFT BEHIND SO YOUNG

AS WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT AS JIM MENTIONED AND BILL MENTIONED, HE WON'T BE ALIVE TO SEE HIMSELF BEING INDUCTED INTO THE BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME AND MORE IMPORTANTLY THOUGH, WE HAVE TO GO BACK TO HIS FAMILY HIS DAUGHTERS YOU HAVE GOT THREE SISTERS WHO LOST ONE OF THEIR SISTERS AT VERY, VERY YOUNG AGES BUT CERTAINLY THE OLDEST WILL

AND THAT'S JUST — THAT'S HEART- BREAKING IN ITSELF >> IT IS >> IT REALLY IS >> AND OUR HEARTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO VANESSA HIS WIFE AND WHAT THEY ARE GOING THROUGH AT THIS POINT IN TIME IT'S JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS — I HAVE A NEIGHBOR OF MINE LIVES ACROSS THE STREET WHO'S A LAKERS' FAN LIFELONG L

A RESIDENT AND I TEXTED HIM THIS MORNING WHEN I GOT THE NEWS AND HE WAS ON THE GOLF COURSE HE HAD NO IDEA AT ALL

BUT JUST TO KIND OF UNDERSCORE HOW IMPORTANT KOBE BRYANT, HE NEVER MET KOBE BRYANT HE'S A BIG FAN AND WHEN I TOLD HIM THE NEWS, HE PHYSICALLY GOT ILL AND THAT JUST GOES TO SHOW ABOUT HOW MUCH KOBE HAS AFFECTED PEOPLE TO NOT EVEN MEET THEM BUT TO HAVE — TO HEAR THAT NEWS

AND TO KNOW THAT THAT HAS HAPPENED TO ONE OF YOUR HEROES HE TOLD ME THAT WAS SOMEBODY I LOOKED UP TO AND IT WAS A HERO OF MINE AND TO — TO GET THAT REACTION OUT OF SOMEBODY TELLS YOU SO MUCH ABOUT HOW KOBE WAS LOVED AND MEANT BY THIS COMMUNITY >> I WAS LANDING AND I HAD TO — WHEN I HEARD AS MY PLANE LANDED, I CALLED MY DAUGHTER BECAUSE I KNEW THAT THIS WOULD AFFECT HER AND SHE WAS CRYING UNCONTROLLABLY SHE PLAYED BASKETBALL AND BOY HE WAS HER HERO ON ONE OF HER SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES WHEN SHE WAS ON IT, HER PROFILE PICTURE WAS OF ALL THE TROPHIES THAT HE WON

AND HIM AND THAT'S JUST — THAT'S JUST HOW MUCH HE MEANT TO HER AND YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT YOUR FRIEND THESE ARE PEOPLE ALL OVER THAT I'M STILL GOING TO CALL HIM A YOUNG MAN THAT LIVES THAT WERE AFFECTED AND JUST THINK ABOUT THIS

HIS OLDEST DAUGHTER IS 17 KOBE CAMETO THE LAKERS WHEN HE WAS JUST 17 TO WRAP YOUR HEAD AROUND ALL OF THAT IS MIND-BOGGLING SO MANY THINGS THAT WILL BE HAPPENING FIRST TO FIND OUT WHAT THE INVESTIGATION IS GOING TO UNCOVER

THE OTHER POOR FAMILY MEMBERS WHO DO NOT YET KNOW THE IDENTITIES OF THEIR VICTIMS >> THREE MORE THAT WE'RE UNAWARE OF THAT ARE UNIDENTIFIED >> WE DON'T KNOW AT LEAST RIGHT NOW I'M HOPING THE FAMILIES WILL KNOW BUT THEN JEFF AS YOU JUST MENTIONED THERE WAS GOING TO BE LAKERS GOING TO PLAY TUESDAY NIGHT AND PLAY THE CLIPPERS

>> WE TALKED TO DOC RIVERS WHO WAS EMOTIONALLY UPSET OVER THE INFORMATION HE SAID A GREAT OPPONENT, KOBE, THAT'S WHAT YOU WANT IN SPORTS THE TEARFUL ACCOUNT OF HIS TIME SEPTEMBER AS A COMPETITOR AND THEY'RE GOING TO BE PLAYING ON TUESDAY THAT'S THE NEXT LAKERS GAME IS AT THE TAPINGSS STAPLES CENTER

>> YOU HAVE TO THINK THEY ALL KNEW EACH OTHER AND MOST OF THEM PROBABLY DID RUB SHOULDERS WITH KOBE IF NOT PLAY WITH HIM THERE WILL BE SERVICES WE DON'T KNOW YET PLANS FOR THAT BUT THERE WILL BE A MEMORIAL I'M SURE OF SOME KIND IF THE PUBLIC INVOLVED CERTAINLY LET YOU KNOW ABOUT THAT BUT THEN THERE ARE OTHER FAMILIES

THE COACHES THEIR FAMILIES WILL BE PLANNING SERVICES FOR THEIR LOVED ONES AS WELL >> AND FOR YOUNG PEOPLE >> ALWAYS SO VERY, VERY VERY SAD >> NOT ONLY IS IT THE LAKERS' NEXT GAME ON TUESDAY, BUT THE ORANGE COAST BASEBALL TEAM AND COACH ALTO WHICH THEY JUST LOST IN THIS CRASH THEY HAVE THEIR OWNING DAY ON TUESDAY

AND WE TALKED ABOUT WHO THEY CALLED COACH ALTO SO YOU KNOW, EMOTIONALLY AND THAT WAS THEIR — EMBRACE OF HIM AND THE TEAM AND JOHN ALTOBELLI IS GOING TO BE NOT — YOU KNOW, NOT BE THE HEAD COACH FOR OPENING DAY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A NUMBER OF YEARS STILL GOING TO GO AHEAD WITH THE OPENING GAME BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THE PLAYERS WANT >> BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO THAT'S WHAT THEPLAYERS WANT

BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT THAT'S WHAT THE COACH WOULD WANT YOU KNOW, I WAS JUST THINKING EARLIER TONIGHT TOO JEFF, WE HAVE HEARD FROM SOME COACHES AND THERE ARE SO MANY THAT HAVE YET I BELIEVE TO WEIGH IN OR AT LEAST THAT WE HAVE HEARD ABOUT NOT ALL OF THEM ARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA BUT WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THOSE PHIL JACKSON, WHEN IT COMES THAT MIND WASN'T MIKE BROWN COACH FOR A MOMENT? AND KOBE BRYANT PLAYED

THEN TONY >> THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE — I MEAN WE — DON'T YOU THINK IT STILL HASN'T SET IN? A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT THERE THIS IS SO FRESH AND HURTFUL AND NEW I DON'T KNOW — SOME MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO SAY ANYTHING >> THE POISE TO SPEAK EXACTLY SO AGAIN, WE'RE GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT THIS FOR YEARS TO COME FOR SURE BUT JUST IN THE COMING HOURS AND DAYS AND WEEKS AHEAD

IT IS SURGEONLY — JUST DEVASTATING AND IT'S TURNED THIS CITY UPSIDE DOWN FOR SURE YOU ARE STILL LOOKING AT A LIVE PICTURE OUTSIDE L A LIVE WHERE HUNDREDS IF NOT THOUSANDS OF FANS HAVE SHOWN UP

TO MOURN KOBE BRYANT >> AND WHERE THAT DESTINATION WAS FOR KOBE BRYANT AND HIS DAUGHTER WAS IN THOUSAND OAKS AT THE MAMBA SPORTS ACADEMY AND THAT'S WHERE JAKE RAINER IS STANDING BY NOW WHAT CAN YOU TELL US JAKE? >> Reporter: I INTERVIEWED SOMEONE EARLIER GUYS THAT WAS TALKING ABOUT HOW THIS KOBE BRYANT — THIS NEWS ABOUT KOBE BRYANT WAS LIKE LOSING FAMILY MEMBER AND THAT KIND OF RESONATED WITH ME BECAUSE THAT'S KIND OF THE FEELING I'M GETTING BEING OUT HERE AT THE MAMBA SPORTS ACADEMY

A STEADY STREAM OF PEOPLE PEOPLE COMING BY ALL AFTERNOON AND OBVIOUSLY THE SUN IS GONE DOWN NOW BUT THE MEMORIAL OUTSIDE THE FRONT DOORS HERE HAVE — HAS GROWN FLOWERS AND CANDLES AND PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED PICTURES OF KOBE BRYANT PEOPLE HAVE LEFT LETTERS FOR HIM

THIS WAS HIS WAY OF GETTING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY, THIS MAMBA SPORTS ACADEMY AND WAY OF GIVING BACK TO YOUTH BASKETBALL AND EARLIER WE SPOKE WITH A YOUNG — A YOUNG BOY WHO BENEFITED GREATLY FROM THE MAMBA SPORTS ACADEMY HE WAS OUT HERE LAST SUMMER FOR A SPORTS CAMP AND HE ACTUALLY GOT TO LEARN A LITTLE BIT FROM KOBE BRYANT AND WE SPOKE TO HIM EARLIER TAKE A LISTEN >> I WAS STAR-STRUCK

AND IT WAS AMAZING IT FELT LIKE I WAS IN HEAVEN HAVING FUN >> WHAT DID YOU LEARN? >> I LEARNED THAT HOW TO GET AFTER A DEFENDER AND LIKE — GET OFF OF HIM AND STUFF

>> HOW ARE YOU FEELING TODAY BUDDY? >> SAD >> YEAH >> DEPRESSED >> WHAT DID KOBE MEAN TO YOU AS A LAKERS FAN, AS A BASKETBALL FAN? >> HE MEANT TO ME AS MY DAD >> Reporter: YEAH

THAT BOY REFERRED TO HIM AS LIKE A FATHER FIGURE TO HIM WHICH IS A REMARKABLE THING FOR HIM TO SAY ABOUT THIS MAN, KOBE BRYANT AND WE — WE HEARD FROM ANOTHER FATHER WHO HAS A DAUGHTER HERE AT THE MAMBA SPORTS ACADEMY WHO TOLD US THAT KOBE WAS ACTUALLY SUPPOSED TO BE HERE TODAY TO COACH HIS DAUGHTER GIGI IN A BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT AND THIS WAS THE END OF A TWO DAY BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT AS A PART OF THIS MAMBA CUP SERIES THAT HE STARTED THE CHAMPIONSHIPS BEING IN MARCH

AND SO HE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE HERE AT 2:00 TO COACH THAT GAME THIS IS SUCH A TREMENDOUS LOSS FOR ALL OF THESE LAKERS' FANS HERE AND FOR SOMEONE LIKE MYSELF IT'S A TREMENDOUS LOSS FOR ME AND ALMOST DOESN'T SEEM REAL I KEEP THINKING ABOUT IT YOU KNOW, IT JUST DOESN'T SEEM REAL THE WAY HE WENT OUT HIS FINAL GAME WE'VE BEEN TALKING AT IT ALL DAY LONG WHERE HE DROPPED 60 POINTS ON THE JAZZ SORT OF YOU KNOW WILLING THAT LAKERS TEAM BACK TO VICTORY

AND THAT TEAM WASN'T A GREAT TEAM BUT HE WENT OUT WITH A BANG AND SORT OF REMINDED ME OF HOW DEREK JETER PLAYED IN HIS FINAL HOME GAME AT YANKEES STADIUM WHERE HE HAD THE WALKOFF SINGLE THAT'S JUST THE KIND OF PLAYER HE WAS AND NOT A LOT OF PLAYERS CAN HAVE THAT KIND OF FINAL GAME LIKE THE WAY HE DID JUST REMARKABLE TO LISTEN TO ALL THE STORIES OUT HERE TODAY

REPORTING LIVE IN THOUSAND OAKS, I'M JAKE RAINER KCAL 9 NEWS >> YEAH JEFF, FOURTH QUARTER, HE SCORED WHAT AND HE SCORED — >> 50 POINTS IN THE FOURTH QUARTER HE SCORED 60 OVERALL >> YES

>> BUT HE HAD 22-50 HE SCORED IN THE LAST QUARTER >> I DON'T KNOW — >> TO WIN THAT GAME >> I DON'T KNOW IF WE'LL SEE THAT AGAIN OUR COVERAGE OF THE DEATH OF KOBE BRYANT WILL CONTINUE AFTER THIS SHORT BREAK AND WE WILL CONTINUE AFTER THIS SHORT BREAK

>>> WELCOME BACK AS YOU KNOW, ALL DAY LONG WE HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING BREAKING NEWS LAKERS LEGEND KOBE BRYANT KILLED IN A TRAGIC HELICOPTER CRASH IN CALABASAS >> IN ALL NINE PEOPLE KILLED, INCLUDING HIS 13-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER GIANNA THE STUNNING NEWS LEAVES FANS AROUND THE WORLD IN COMPLETE SHOCK

NINE PEOPLE WERE ONBOARD THE S-76 WHEN SOMETHING WENT WRONG JUST BEFORE 10:00 THIS MORNING WE'RE TOLD THEY WERE ON THEIR WAY TO A TRAVEL BASKETBALL GAME WHEN THE CHOPPER WENT DOWN >> HERE'S THE FLIGHT PATTERN OF THAT HELICOPTER MOMENTS BEFORE IT CRASHED AND CAUGHT FIRE YOU CAN SEE IT IN THIS ANIMATION HERE WE OBTAINED THIS FROM FLIGHTAWARE, A POPULAR SITE THAT TRACKS AIRCRAFT ALL OVER THE COUNTRY

YOU CAN SEE IT GOING FROM ORANGE COUNTY TO THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY WHEN IT STARTED SPINNING UNCONTROLLABLY THAT'S WHAT THE MAP REFLECTS OF COURSE THIS IS GOING TO BE PART OF A LARGER NTSB INVESTIGATION ON EXACTLY HOW THE AIRCRAFT WENT DOWN >> IN ADDITION TO BRYANT AND HIS DAUGHTER, THREE MEMBERS OF ONE FAMILY DIED IN THE CRASH JOHN WAS HEAD COACH AT ORANGE COAST COLLEGE IN COSTA MESA

HIS WIFE CARRIE AND DAUGHTER ALYSSA WERE ONBOARD THE HUSBAND OF CHRISTINA MAUSER POSTED THAT SEE DIED SHE WAS A BASKETBALL COACH THAT'S WHERE KOBE'S DAUGHTER ATTENDED SCHOOL HER HUSBAND SAYS HE AND HIS KIDS ARE UNDERSTANDABLY DEVASTATED

>> I'M JUAN FERNANDEZ TAKING OVER NOW FOR PAT HARVEY AND JEFF VAUGHN THEY'VE BEEN FOLLOWING THIS BREAKING NEWS STORY ALL DAY LONG HERE ON KCAL 9 CBS 2 AND CBSN LOS ANGELES OF COURSE LAKER GREAT KOBE BRYANT AND HIS DAUGHTER ALONG WITH THOSE OTHERS WE JUST MENTIONED DYING IN A HELICOPTER CRASH THIS MORNING >> WE'RE LOOKING AT LIVE PICTURES NOW

THIS IS LA LIVE, JUST NEXT TO THE STAPLES CENTER IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES YOU'RE LOOKING AT A LIVE PICTURE OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE NOW GATHERING THEY'VE CREATED A KIND OF MEMORIAL HERE TO REMEMBER KOBE

THERE ARE LIVE JUMBO TRONS IN THIS AREA THAT USUALLY DEPICT ADS THE GRAMMYS IS HAPPENING STEPS AWAY FROM WHERE THIS IS NOW THE ELECTRONIC BILLBOARDS ARE DISPLAYING IMAGES OF KOBE BRYANT TO HONOR HIS LIFE AND LEGACY AND THIS STRIKES ME, THIS IMAGE STRIKES ME BECAUSE I'VE SEEN THINGS LIKE THIS AFTER THE LAKERS CHAMPIONSHIPS THEY'RE CELEBRATING LOTS OF KOBE BRYANT JERSEYS

I REMEMBER THOSE DAYS AND IT'S JUST REALLY A SURREAL EXPERIENCE TO SEE THIS I THINK FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE WHEN THEY HEARD THIS NEWS, THEY THOUGHT THIS COULDN'T POSSIBLY BE REAL >> INCLUDING US IN THE NEWS BUSINESS WE RECEIVED THE NEWS KOBE BRYANT DIED IN A CRASH

IN THIS MOMENT, WE'RE CALLING IT A NEWS MOMENT, BUT STILL VERY DIFFICULT FOR US TO BELIEVE IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES FANS HAVE BEEN GATHERING SINCE THE NEWS FIRST BROKE >> WE'VE PUSHED BACK A LITTLE BIT WHERE THE CROWD IS GATHERED IF WE CAN PAN OVER, YOU SEE THE STREETS ARE BLOCKED OFF THAT'S BECAUSE OF THE GRAMMYS

IF YOU KEEP GOING A LITTLE BIT FURTHER, YOU SEE THE CROWDS OF PEOPLE THOSE PEOPLE ARE NOT HERE FOR THE GRAMMYS THEY'RE HERE FOR KOBE BRYANT HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE IN THE AREA OF LA

LIVE RIGHT NOW MARQUEES GLOWING AROUND LA LIVE ALL IN LOVING MEMORY OF KOBE BRYANT IF WE CAN GET TO SOME VIDEO FROM CHOPPER EARLIER TODAY WHEN YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE JUST HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE GATHERED AT L

A LIVE FANS STARTED COMING OUT TO THIS AREA ABOUT 30 MINUTES AFTER THEY LEARNED OF THE DEVASTATING NEWS OF THE PASSING OF KOBE BRYANT WE'VE BEEN CATCHING UP WITH FANS ALL DAY THIS IS MAKAI

HE'S 19 FROM INGLEWOOD YOU GREW UP WATCHING HIM AND HE'S INSPIRED YOU IN YOUR OWN SPORT >> YES HONESTLY KOBE HAS REALLY MADE THE IMPACT THAT HONESTLY NO ONE COULD UNDERSTAND EVERYBODY IS DIFFERENT

BUT THE IMPACT HE'S HAD ON ME HAS BEEN GREATLY APPRECIATED THE FACT THAT HE JUST PASSED THIS MORNING WITH HIS DAUGHTER, GIGI, REST IN PEACE, IT WAS REALLY UNFATHOMABLE I COULDN'T DIGEST IT I CALLED MY MOM SHE WAS CRYING ON THE PHONE

I WAS CRYING I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO I STILL DON'T BELIEVE IT EVERYTHING WITH THE NEWS STILL PROVES IT REST IN PEACE AND I LOVE HIM

>> A LOT OF FANS STILL IN SUCH DISBELIEF WHEN YOU WENT DOWN, YOU WERE SURROUNDED BY ALL THE OTHER FANS THAT CAME DOWN TO STAPLES CENTER WHAT WAS IT FOR YOU AND YOUR MOTHER THAT YOU GUYS SAID WE NEED TO BE AT THIS LOCATION? >> IT WAS JUST THE FACT THAT HIS ENERGY WAS LEFT HERE HIS ENERGY HAS LANDED ON CALIFORNIA, ON LA

HE'S HAD AN IMPACT NOT ONLY ON LA BUT INTERNATIONALLY IT'S JUST HARD TO SAY GOODBYE TO SOMEONE WHO'S THAT BIG I WOULDN'T WANT TO SAY GOODBYE TO ANYONE BIG LIKE THAT

HE MADE ME THINK HE WAS GOING TO BE IMMORTAL HE STILL IS HE AIN'T GONE HE'S ALWAYS GOING — HIS NAME IS GOING TO REIGN THROUGH LA

>> YOU CAN FEEL THAT HERE TONIGHT A LOT OF FANS MAY BE IN DISBELIEF BUT THEY ARE KEEPING HIS SPIRIT ALIVE THERE WAS A LOT OF LOVE IN THE AREA OF LA LIVE

SO IT'S BEEN IN THIS CASE TO SEE AND TALK TO FANS THAT REALLY APPRECIATED WHAT KOBE BROUGHT TO OUR CITY I'LL TOSS IT BACK TO YOU GUYS IN THE STUDIO >> THANK YOU FOR THAT LIVE REPORT FROM DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES AMAZING TO SEE ALL THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE GATHERED THERE ALL THE PEOPLE LIKE THAT MAN WHO ARE PERSONAL CONNECTIONS

THEY FEEL LIKE THIS WAS THE DEG OF A MEMBER OF THEIR FAMILY I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND IT, HAVING GROWN UP IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND LOS ANGELES COUNTY THIS WAS SOMEONE IN OUR HOMES AND IN OUR LIVES SOMEONE WE LOOK TO AND SOMEBODY WE FEEL LIKE WE KNEW >> WHEN THE TEAM WON, WE FELT LIKE WE WON

WHEN THE TEAM LOST, WE WERE JUST AS SAD FOR A LOT OF FATHERS AND SONS AND FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS, WATCHING KOBE PLAY WAS PART OF THEIR CONNECTION AS WELL >> THAT'S SO TRUE WITH MY DAD WE WERE A BASKETBALL HOME KOBE BRYANT WAS A PLAYER THAT GOT US EXCITED ABOUT THE GAME

JIM HILL IS HERE I KNOW YOU UNDERSTAND THAT SENTIMENT AND SO MANY PEOPLE, CELEBRITIES FOLLOWED THIS PLAN AND FOLLOWED HIS CAREER >> WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT CELEBRITIES, KOBE WAS BIGGER THAN THE BIGGEST CELEBRITIES THERE WERE CELEBRITIES IN AWE OF KOBE BRYANT

WHEN I THINK OF THE CELEBRITIES IN AWE OF KOBE BRYANT, ONE PERSON COMES TO MIND FIRST OF ALL HE WAS ALWAYS AT THE LAKERS GAMES WHEN THE LAKERS WERE AT HOME HE WAS ALWAYS SITTING AT THE VISITORS END OF THE BENCH WE ALL KNOW HIM WE'VE ADMIRED HIM FOR A LONG TIME

HE'S A FABULOUS ACTOR HE DOESN'T LIKE TO TALK ABOUT A LOT OF THINGS ON CAMERA OR ON THE PHONE JUST A LITTLE WHILE AGO I HAD A CHANCE TO TALK ABOUT KOBE'S DEATH TO JACK NICHOLSON >> WELL, JIM, YOU KNOW, MY REACTION IS THE SAME AS ALMOST ALL OF LA

YOU JUST SUDDENLY — WHERE EVERYTHING WAS SOLID, THERE'S A BIG HOLE IN THE WALL I WAS SO USED TO SEEING AND TALKING TO KOBE, IT KILLS YOU IT'S JUST A TERRIBLE EVENT >> WHAT WILL YOU REMEMBER THE MOST ABOUT KOBE? >> WELL, I REMEMBER JUST IN TOTALITY HOW GREAT A PLAYER HE WAS I TEASED HIM THE FIRST TIME WE MET

IT WAS IN THE GARDEN IN NEW YORK I OFFERED HIM A BASKETBALL AND ASKED HIM DID HE WANT ME TO AUTOGRAPH IT FOR HIM [ LAUGHTER ] HE LOOKED AT ME LIKE I WAS CRAZY >> ONE OF THE THINGS WE FOUND OUT ABOUT HIM WAS HE HAD A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR AS WELL WOULD YOU AGREE? >> YEAH

OH, YEAH HE GOT ALL THE JOKES THAT'S FOR SURE >> AND WE ALL WILL MISS HIM AND LOVE HIM AND YOU HAD A RINGSIDE SEAT YOU GOT TO SEE THE BEST OF THE BEST FOR A LOT OF YEARS

>> YEAH I SAT RIGHT BEHIND HIS JUMP SHOT ON THE LEFT-HAND SIDE I CAN SEE HIM GOING UP AND I CAN TELL THE FIRST INSTANT IF IT WAS IN >> WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO TELL PEOPLE, HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO TELL PEOPLE HOW THEY SHOULD REMEMBER KOBE BRYANT? >> YOU KNOW, JIM, I'M NOT A GUY WHO TELLS PEOPLE WHAT TO DO BUT I CAN TELL YOU THAT I'LL REMEMBER FROM WHEN I FIRST TALKED TO HIM AFTER THAT FIRST MEETING, HE CALLED ME ON THE PHONE AND SAID, JACK, I KNOW YOU'RE NOT GOING TO WANT TO DO THIS BUT THEY MADE ME ASK YOU IF I'D BE AND HE WAS DOING A DOCUMENTARY OR SOMETHING AND THAT JUST SPEAKS TO KOBE'S SENSITIVITY

HE KNOWS HE WASN'T THIS PARTICULARLY BUT JUST IN GENERAL I DON'T DO TELEVISION INTERVIEWS >> WE ALL LIKE AND LOVE HIM >> WE'LL THINK OF HIM ALL THE TIME AND WE MISS HIM HE JUST WAS ONE OF THOSE TOUCHED PEOPLE

>> AND I WANT TO THANK JACK FOR TAKING THE TIME BECAUSE I KNOW HE DOESN'T LIKE TO DO A LOT OF INTERVIEWS AND THINGS LIKE THAT SO THANKS, JACK THE OTHER THING I'D LIKE TO ADD IS WE WERE TOLD THAT THE DALLAS MAVERICKS HAVE DECIDED THEY'RE GOING TO RETIRE THE NUMBER 24 IN HONOR OF KOBE BRYANT I CAN IMAGINE WE'LL SEE A LOT OF TEAMS THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THE REST OF THE SEASON WHO WILL BE REMEMBERING KOBE IN THAT PARTICULAR WAY, BY RETIRING THAT NUMBER >> I THINK SOME OF THE SADDEST TRIBUTES WE'VE SEEN PLAY OUT TODAY ARE FROM COACHES AND PLAYERS

PEOPLE WHO LOOKED UP TO KOBE AS THIS TREMENDOUS ATHLETE YOUNGER PLAYERS WHO KOBE WAS THEIR HERO I KNOW YOU SAW THE SAME AND YOU'VE BEEN TALKING TO SO MANY PEOPLE IN THE SPORTS WORLD ABOUT THIS AND IT'S JUST REALLY, REALLY SHOCKING >> SURE IS >> WE'LL JUST KEEP THE FAITH

>> WE'LL BE BACK AFTER THIS SHORT BREAK WITH MORE CONTINUING COVERAGE THE SANTA MONICA PIER NOW IN PURPLE AND GOLD IN MEMORY OF KOBE BRYANT GOLD IN MEMORY OF KOBE BRYANT NO JAGER >>> WELCOME BACK TO OUR CONTINUOUS BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE OF THE PASSING OF KOBE BRYANT AND SEVERAL INDIVIDUALS ON A HELICOPTER >> THE NTSB IS ALSO INVESTIGATING, TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT WAS THE SOURCE AND CAUSE OF THAT CRASH

WE KNOW WE'VE HAD VERY FOGGY CONDITIONS EARLY MORNING ALONG THE COAST SO WHETHER OR NOT WEATHER WAS A FACTOR, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT'S GOING TO BE LOOKED AT AS WELL AGAIN, ONE OF THE LAKER GREATS, ONLY 41 YEARS OLD THE FATHER OF FOUR PROUD DAD

PROUD HUSBAND AND A BUSINESSMAN IN OUR COMMUNITY DYING THIS MORNING AFTER THE HELICOPTER THAT HE WAS IN CRASHED WE KNEW KOBE USED TO LIKE TO TRAVEL USING THAT HELICOPTER HE'D USE IT TO GET TO GAMES AT THE STAPLES CENTER AND ALSO TO GET AROUND TOWN WHEN HE NEEDED TO

>> JIM HILL HAS TALKED ABOUT THAT IN THE PAST ABOUT HOW CERTAIN PLAYERS OF A CERTAIN MAGNITUDE HAVE THAT PRIVILEGE AFFORDED TO THEM, BEING ABLE TO FLY TO STAPLES, TO GET THERE FOR PRACTICES AND WHATNOT OBVIOUSLY KOBE WAS A PLAYER THAT WAS REVERED BY THE TEAM AN EXTREME PRESENCE ON THAT BASKETBALL TEAM FOR SO LONG BUT ALSO WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THE OTHER LIVES THAT WERE LOST IN THIS CRASH AND ALL OF THEIR FAMILIES INCLUDING SEVERAL MEMBERS OF ONE LOCAL FAMILY WHO DIED IN THIS HELICOPTER CRASH

A LOT OF YOU ARE ASKING FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THEM WE HAVE TO CONTEND WITH THEIR RIGHT TO PRIVACY AND CERTAINLY WE'RE TRYING TO GET REACTION FROM FAMILY MEMBERS AND TRYING TO DO THAT RESPECTFULLY BUT OBVIOUSLY A TREMENDOUS LOSS FOR THE GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA, FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND THE SPORTS WORLD AT LARGE >> NINE PEOPLE WERE ONBOARD THAT HELICOPTER WHEN IT CRASHED THIS MORNING MANY PEOPLE WONDERING OF COURSE WHY THIS HAPPENED AND OF COURSE WE'RE ALL WONDERING AS WELL

KOBE BRYANT, MEMBER OF THIS COMMUNITY AS WE'RE MENTIONING A SHORT TIME AGO HE WAS A BUSINESSMAN, A WRITER, A POET HE HAD WON AN OSCAR >> FOR THE SHORT ANIMATED FILM HE REALLY WAS JUST SOMEBODY PEOPLE FELT THEY HAD A PARTICULAR CONNECTION TO

I'VE GOTTEN SO MANY CALLS AND TEXTS, A LOT OF FRIENDS CRYING TODAY, FEELING LIKE THEY LOST A FAMILY MEMBER I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND THAT SENTIMENT NOT ONLY WAS KOBE A MEMBER OF THE LAKERS AND THERE WERE A LOT OF FANS OF THE LAKERS IN THE LA AREA BUT FANS OF KOBE EVERYWHERE

SO MANY OF HIS MILESTONES ARE REMEMBER BY PEOPLE WHO GREW UP IN THE LA AREA AND BEYOND HIS FINAL GAME OF HIS CAREER WHEN HE WAS DRAFTED

WINNING THE DUNK CONTEST KOBE IS A LEGENDARY ATHLETE IN SO MANY WAYS AND HE'S SET AN EXAMPLE FOR ATHLETES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, NOT ONLY TO BE THE BEST AT THEIR SPORT BUT TO PLAY THROUGH ADVERSITY HE WAS KNOWN THROUGH PLAYING THROUGH INJURIES HE WAS KNOWN FOR BEING EXTREMELY FOCUSED WHEN IT CAME TO HIS TRAINING AND THAT SHOWED ON THE COURT THAT'S SET THE EXAMPLE FOR YOUNGER PLAYERS, NAMELY LeBRON JAMES WHO HAS A LOT OF THAT SAME AMBITION AND DRIVE AND FOCUS WE SAW KOBE HAVE

I THINK HE SET THE BAR FOR A GENERATION OF BASKETBALL PLAYERS >> I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO COVER THE LAKERS WHEN THEY WERE IN THE PLAYOFF GAMES AND WHEN THEY WOULD PRACTICE, THEY ALLOW THE MEDIA TO BE THERE ON THE COURT YOU WATCH THEM PLAY HIS INTENSE FOCUS WAS AMAZING AND ALSO WE KEEP HEAR FROM EVERYBODY INCLUDING JACK NICHOLSON AND EVERYBODY WHO REMEMBER THEIR FIRST INTERACTIONS WITH KOBE I REMEMBER WHEN THEY WENT BY US TO GO BACK TO THE LOCKER ROOM, HE WAVED AND YOU COULD TELL HE WAS LOOKING AT US

WE WERE SO EXCITED HE WAS THERE AND WE DON'T WERE ABOUT TO SEE ONE AMAZING GAME OF BASKETBALL JUST FOR MANY YEARS THAT I WAS ABLE TO COVER THE LAKERS, I WAS VERY PROUD TO DO THAT >> IT'S AMAZING TO GO TO ANY NBA GAME, NO MATTER WHO'S PLAYING IT'S AMAZING TO SEE THE TALENT OF THESE ATHLETES AND JUST THE LEVEL OF COACHING AND JUST WHAT A SPECTACLE IT IS BUT I THINK THERE ARE FEW PLAYERS GENERATIONALLY SPEAKING, YOU'LL ALWAYS REMEMBER WATCHING THEM PLAY

MICHAEL JORDAN KOBE BRYANT LeBRON JAMES THESE ARE THE ATHLETES AT LEAST IN MY GENERATION, I FEEL LIKE I WAS HONORED TO SEE THEM PLAY SEEING KOBE BRYANT PLAY MEANS SO MUCH MORE TO ME NOW

>> WHEN THE LAKERS WERE THE GREAT LAKERS THEY HAD FISH ON THE TEAM JUST AMAZING NAMES GOING BACK OUR JIM HILL ALSO SPOKE TO JERRY WEST WE WANT TO GO TO SOME OF THOSE MEMORIES THAT WERE BROUGHT UP DURING THAT CONVERSATION

TAKE A LISTEN >> TO HEAR THIS NEWS THIS MORNING, FRANKLY, AT FIRST I WAS SHOCKED AND THEN AFTER A WHILE IT REALLY SUNK IN AND TO SEE THE TRANSFORMATION OF HIM FROM A 17-YEAR-OLD KID WHO USED TO SPEND TIME AT MY HOUSE TO ME, TO MY SON AND HIM DRIVING HIM AROUND BECAUSE HE COULDN'T DRIVE HE COULDN'T EVEN SIGN A CONTRACT BECAUSE HE WAS TOO YOUNG

TO HIM, THE CONSTANT QUESTIONS ABOUT THE NBA, WANTING ME TO GO TO A GYM WITH HIM TO WATCH HIM WORK OUT AND MAYBE MAKE SUGGESTIONS TO HIM IT WAS MORE — I REALLY FELT LIKE A SURROGATE FATHER TO HIM AND THEN AS HIS CAREER BLOSSOMED AND HE STARTED TO ESTABLISH THIS ENORMOUS REPUTATION AS A PLAYER AND ALSO FILLED WITH ACCOMPLISHMENTS, BUT HIS CRUR IZMUON TOP OF IT WAS SOMETHING THAT MOST GREAT PLAYERS DON'T HAVE AND HE HAD IT BUT TO WAKE UP TO THIS NEWS, THIS HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST HORRIBLE DAYS OF OUR LIFE

I FELT LIKE I'VE LOST A SON AND FRANKLY, NOT DOING VERY WELL >> YOU CAN HEAR THE EMOTION IN HIS VOICE CONSIDERED HIM A SON >> JERRY WEST CREDITED WITH DISCOVERING KOBE BRYANT, THOUGH HE TOOK ISSUE WITH THAT, VERY HUMBLING

SOME OF THE MOST EMOTIONAL TRIBUTES HAVE BEEN FROM PEOPLE IN THE BASKETBALL WORLD PEOPLE WHO KNEW HOW SPECIAL KOBE BRYANT WAS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WAS LAKERS LEGEND KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR HE POSTED A VIDEO ON TWITTER AFTER THIS HAPPENED REACTING TO THE NEWS OF KOBE BRYANT'S DEATH >> IT'S VERY DIFFICULT FOR ME TO PUT IN WORDS HOW I FEEL ABOUT THE LOSS OF KOBE BRYANT

AS A YOUNG BOY, I MET HIM WHEN HE WAS 11 OR 12 YEARS OLD I WAS FRIENDS WITH HIS DAD, JOE WE WERE FORMER ADVERSARIES JOE PLAYED FOR THE 76ERS BUT HE WAS A GOOD FRIEND AND SOMEBODY I SHARED A FRIENDSHIP

IT'S HARD FOR ME TO UNDERSTAND NOW HOW THIS IS AFFECTING JOE AND HIS WIFE SO TO KOBE'S FAMILY, I WANT TO SEND MY MOST SINCERE AND HEARTFELT REGRETS AND PRAYERS AND MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU GUYS KOBE WAS AN INCREDIBLE FAMILY MAN HE LOVED HIS WIFE AND DAUGHTERS

HE WAS INCREDIBLE ATHLETE AND A LEADER IN A LOT OF WAYS HE INSPIRED A WHOLE GENERATION OF YOUNG ATHLETES HE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST ONES TO LEAVE HIGH SCHOOL AND COME TO THE NBA AND DO SO WELL DOMINATING THE GAME AND BECOMING ONE OF THE BEST SCORERS THAT THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS HAS EVER SEEN

I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING THERE WHEN HE SCORED HIS 81-POINT GAME AND IT WAS SOMETHING THAT I'LL ALWAYS REMEMBER AS ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE THINGS THAT I HAVE LEARNED AND OBSERVED IN SPORTS KOBE, MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU ABSOLUTELY REST IN PEACE, YOUNG MAN THIS LOSS, IT'S JUST HARD TO COMPREHEND GO WITH GOD

>> TOUCHING, HEARTFELT WORDS, AND BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES FROM LAKER GREAT KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR CONTINUING COVERAGE HERE CONTINUES ON KCAL 9 THE LOSS OF LAKER LEGEND KOBE BRYANT TAKING A LIVE LOOK AT THE SANTA MONICA PIER WHERE THE FERRIS WHEEL IS NOW IN PURPLE AND GOLD IN HIS MEMORY WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK

MEMORY WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK NOW >>> WELCOME BACK TO OUR EXTENDED SPECIAL BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE OF THE DEATH OF KOBE BRYANT CHRIS JOINS US FROM THE SCENE OF THE CRASH WHERE THE HELICOPTER WENT DOWN EARLIER THIS MORNING CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE SCENE FOR US AND TELL US WHAT YOU'RE SEEING? >> THAT'S RIGHT

IT'S REALLY HEARTBREAKING OUT HERE HEARING ALL THE FANS AND ALL THE LOVE THEY HAD FOR KOBE BRYANT THIS IS A MAN WHO HAS PROVIDED SO MUCH ENTERTAINMENT AND SO MUCH FUN FOR THESE FAMILIES FOR YEARS THE CRASH HAPPENED IN THIS MOUNT UNYOU SEE BEHIND ME IT'S HARD TO SEE BECAUSE IT'S DARK OUT THERE EVERY NOW AND THEN YOU'LL SEE INVESTIGATORS OUT HERE WITH FLASHLIGHTS

THEY'RE STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT CAUSED THIS HELICOPTER TO CRASH INTO THIS MOUNTAINSIDE WE'RE ALSO TOLD THE CORONER'S OFFICE WILL BE OUT HERE AS WELL WE'RE NOT SURE EXACTLY WHEN THAT WILL HAPPEN BUT IF YOU SEE IT, YOU CAN SEE FLASHLIGHTS OUT THERE WITH THE INVESTIGATORS I ALSO WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE FANS OUT HERE

THEY'VE BEEN OUT HERE FOR A VERY LONG TIME THERE'S A CHURCH IN THE CANYON THEY'RE GOING TO BE DOING A PRAYER SERVICE IN ABOUT 10 MINUTES PEOPLE WILL BE GOING INSIDE THERE TO GIVE THEIR RESPECTS TO HIM AS WELL I WANT TO TALK TO THIS GUY HERE

FRANKIE CAME FROM WEST COVINA HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED AND WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION TO THAT? >> I WOKE UP THIS MORNING AND I LOOKED AT MY PHONE AND I SAW TMZ AND IT SAID KOBE BRYANT HAS BEEN IN A HELICOPTER ACCIDENT I WAS SHOCKED I WAS LIKE, WHAT? I DIDN'T BELIEVE IT I WAS LIKE, CLOSE BY, I CAME, AND I SAW

AND I WAS SPEECHLESS IT MAKES ME REALIZE HOW SHORT LIFE CAN BE YOU'RE JUST GOING ON A RIDE AND THINGS COULD JUST HAPPEN IN SECONDS IT MAKES ME APPRECIATE MORE ABOUT LIFE AND LIKE, ENJOY LIFE TO THE FULLEST >> OBVIOUSLY IT MAKES A LOT OF PEOPLE EMOTIONAL ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED

I WANT TO SAY YOU'RE 22 YEARS OLD YOU WERE BORN, KOBE WAS ALREADY SCHOOLING PEOPLE ON BASKETBALL WHAT HAS HE MEANT FOR YOU? WHY IS HE SUCH A LIVING LEGEND FOR YOU ASIDE FROM HOW AMAZING HE WAS AS A BASKETBALL PLAYER? >> HE'S BEEN SOMEONE, LIKE, VERY IMPORTANT TO ME BECAUSE I LOOKED UP TO HIM BECAUSE HE ALWAYS WANTED TO STRIVE FOR THE BEST HE ALWAYS MOTIVATED OTHERS FOR EXAMPLE, LeBRON JAMES

HE LOOKS UP TO HIM SO MUCH THAT HE SPOKE ABOUT HIM LIKE YESTERDAY, AND IT'S CRAZY, LIKE, SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENS THE NEXT DAY HE WAS LIKE CONGRATULATING HIM ABOUT ALL THESE THINGS, THAT HE LOOKED UP TO HIM THIS IS VERY TRAGIC IT'S HURTFUL AND UNBELIEVABLE AND SPEECHLESS IT GETS YOU THINKING

>> OBVIOUSLY COMING HERE TO THE CRASH SITE WHERE IT HAPPENED, YOU COULD HAVE ALSO WENT TO THE STAPLES CENTER WHY DID YOU CHOOSE CALABASAS? >> BECAUSE I WANTED TO SEE FOR MYSELF THE SITE AND ALSO TOO THE GRAMMYS ARE GOING ON RIGHT NOW IT WAS GOING TO BE SO FULL I WAS CLOSER TO HERE SO I WANT TO SEE FOR MYSELF

I GOT TO SEE AND I WAS VERY SPEECHLESS I HAVE NO WORDS I WAS LIKE HEART BROKEN >> THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TALKING I APPRECIATE IT

STAY STRONG THIS IS ONE OF MANY PEOPLE OUT HERE YOU CAN HEAR IN THEIR EMOTION, HOW MUCH THIS IS HITTING THEM A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE ASKING HOW DID SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPEN? INVESTIGATORS ARE STILL INVESTIGATING I DID SPEAK TO A MAN EARLIER TODAY

HE WAS WALKING HIS DOG WHEN THE HELICOPTER CRASHED INTO THE MOUNTAIN THERE WAS SO MUCH FOG, IT WAS OVERCAST HE COULD BARELY SEE IN FRONT OF HIM THA GIVES YOU AN IDEA HOW HARD IT WOULD BE TO FLY THAT HELICOPTER HE EVEN MENTIONED HE HELICOPTER L

A COUNTY FIRE WHEN THEY WERE OUT HERE TO LOCATE WHERE THE HELICOPTER WAS BECAUSE THEY COULDN'T SEE, THE FOG WAS SO BAD DEFINITELY STILL A LOT OF QUESTIONS IT'S INTO THE NIGHT, SEVERAL HOURS LATER, INVESTIGATORS ARE STILL OUT HERE HOPEFULLY WE'LL GET SOME ANSWERS

IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS, IT WILL DEFINITELY TAKE SOME TIME BACK TO YOU >> FOR THE FANS THINKING ABOUT COMING OUT THERE TONIGHT, ARE OFFICIALS BLOCKING THE ROAD OR NOT ALLOWING PEOPLE TO COME IN AT THIS POINT? >> YEAH, THE AREA IS BLOCKED OFF AS YOU CAN SEE HERE AND FANS ARE MAKING THEIR WAY THEY'RE PARKING IN NEARBY NEIGHBORHOODS AND WALKING OVER HERE

IT'S DEFINITELY QUIETING DOWN A LITTLE BIT MORE AS IT GETS INTO THE NIGHT AS THE SUN GOES DOWN, IT GETS PRETTY CHILLY A LOT OF THOSE FAMILIES WITH KIDS WANT TO MAKE SURE THEIR KIDS ARE STAYING WARM THE PRAYER SERVICE WILL BE GOING ON A LOT OF FAMILIES WENT INSIDE THERE TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT IN THAT WAY

IT WILL LIKELY BE BLOCKED OFF FOR SOME TIME >> THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT UPDATE WE ARE OBVIOUSLY GOING TO CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THIS STORY WE HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS THAT HAVE STILL YET TO BE ANSWERED WE'RE GOING TO BE CHECKING IN WITH LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND ALL OUR SOURCES HERE ON K CAL 9

FOR NOW WE'LL TAKE A QUICK BREAK BREAK >> WELCOME BACK, EVERYONE OUR CONTINUING COVERAGE OF THE LOSS OF LAKER LEGEND, KOBE BRYANT >> WE'VE BEEN SEEING SO MANY DIFFERENT AREAS WHERE PEOPLE ARE GATHERING TRYING TO REMEMBER KOBE AND WHAT HE MEANT TO ALL OF THEM

ONE OF THE PLACES WHERE THAT'S HAPPENING IS AT THE MAMBA SPORTS ACADEMY THAT WAS KOBE BRYANT'S TRAINING ACADEMY HE ESTABLISHED THERE THIS WAS OFF OF RANCHO CANEJO BOULEVARD JAKE HAS BEEN THERE LIVE FOR THE LAST COUPLE HOURS I WANT TO ASK YOU BECAUSE I KNOW YOU GREW UP HERE IN L

A AS WELL YOU'RE ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE THAT JUST LOVES LA SPORTS

LOVES THE LAKERS YOUR FAMILY LOVES THE LAKERS I WODER WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION WHEN YOU HEARD ABOUT THIS NEWS? >> I WANTED IT TO BE FAKE I WANTED IT TO NOT BE REAL I WAS WAITING FOR MORE SUBSTANTIAL REPORTING TO COME THROUGH BEFORE I COULD REALLY WRAP MY HEAD AROUND IT

I'M STILL IN SHOCK IT DOESN'T SEEM REAL IT SEEMS LIKE WE'VE HAD A DARK DAY HERE IN LOS ANGELES BUT WHAT HAS BEEN INCREDIBLE TO WATCH AND I'LL STEP OUT OF THE WAY SO I CAN SHOW YOU IS JUST THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN COMING OUT HERE TO MOURN TOGETHER I SPOKE WITH A FAN WHO WAS TALKING TO US ABOUT YOU DON'T EVEN NEED TO SAY ANYTHING TO ANYBODY ELSE AND A LOT OF THESE PEOPLE DON'T KNOW EACH OTHER BUT JUST STANDING THERE TOGETHER, LOOKING AT THIS MAKESHIFT MEMORIAL THAT PEOPLE HAVE BUILT THROUGHOUT THE DAY, YOU DON'T NEED TO SAY ANYTHING TO ANYBODY

AND I THINK THAT ONE OF THE PLACES THAT KOBE BRYANT'S PRESENCE WAS FELT IS THIS MAMBA SPORTS ACADEMY THIS IS SORT OF A SYMBOL OF WHAT HE WAS ABLE TO DO TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY AND THAT'S KIND OF WHO HE WAS WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT MOLDING YOUNG MINDS AND HAVING YOUNG KIDS LOOK UP TO HIM, YOUNG KIDS LEARNING FROM HIM, THIS SORT OF MAMBA MENTALITY THAT HE'S ALWAYS CARRIED THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER AND IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE TO WATCH HIM GROWING UP IN LOS ANGELES, WATCHING HIM WIN MULTIPLE CHAMPIONSHIPS

I'M THANKFUL I'VE BEEN ALIVE TO HAVE SEEN ALL FIVE CHAMPIONSHIPS HE'S WON IT SORT OF MAKES UP FOR THE FACT THAT THE DODGERS HAVEN'T WON ONE SINCE 1988 IT'S BEEN AN INCREDIBLE CAREER TO WATCH THE WAY HE WENT OUT SCORING 60 POINTS IN HIS FINAL GAME WAS JUST THE MOST KOBE THING YOU COULD EVER THINK OF THE GUY WAS ON HIS LAST LEG

THE TEAM WASN'T VERY GOOD AND HE BASICALLY WILLED THEM TO VICTORY, BEATING THE UTAH JAZZ IN HIS FINAL HOME GAME SORT OF LIKE A WALK-OFF HIT A LA DEREK JETER AND HIS FINAL AT-BAT AT YANKEE STADIUM THERE'S ONLY A FEW PLAYERS IN THE HISTORY OF SPORTS THAT COULD DO THAT AND HE WAS ONE OF THOSE GUYS EVEN WHEN YOU THOUGHT THE ODDS WERE STACKED AGAINST HIM OR YOU THOUGHT NO WAY THE LAIRKSS COULD WIN THIS GAME, HE WOULD PROVE YOU WRONG

IT'S UNBELIEVABLE I'VE HAD MANY, MANY TALKS WITH PEOPLE OVER THE YEARS ABOUT WHO THE GREATEST BASKETBALL PLAYER IS OF ALL TIME OBVIOUSLY EVERYBODY SAYS MICHAEL JORDAN AS A LAKERS FAN, I'M BIASED YOU'VE GOT TO SAY KOBE

WHO DO YOU WANT WITH THE GAME ON THE LINE IN 4TH QUARTER WITH THE BALL? YOU WANT KOBE HE HAS ICE IN HIS VEINS HE HIT MORE GAME WINNING SHOTS THAN I CAN REMEMBER EVEN WHEN HE MISSED THOSE GAME WINNERS, YOU STILL WANTED HIM TO HAVE THE BALL IT'S AN INCREDIBLE OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT HERE FROM ALL THE LAKERS FANS THROUGHOUT THE DAY

AND I KNOW SARAH, YOU'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IT ALL DAY GROWING UP HERE AND JUST YOU DON'T REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT HE'S MEANT TO THIS CITY, WHAT HE'S MEANT TO EVERYBODY AROUND HIM UNLESS YOU'VE FOLLOWED HIM THROUGHOUT HIS ENTIRE LIFE >> IT'S SO TRUE, JAKE, AND ALL THOSE STORIES YOU TELL I THINK THAT'S WHAT WE'RE HEARING FROM SO MANY PEOPLE WHO GREW UP HERE AND WHO LOVE THE LAKERS LAKERS ARE AN INTERESTING TEAM BECAUSE THEY HAVE FANS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, NOT JUST FROM THE L

A AREA KOBE HAD FANS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR PERSPECTIVE I KNOW YOU'RE A LOS ANGELES SPORTS FAN THROUGH AND THROUGH

WE APPRECIATE YOUR MEMORIES AND YOUR TAKE ON KOBE AND THE TREMENDOUS LOSS THAT WE ALL FACE NOW WHAT'S SO WEIRD ABOUT THIS DAY, I THINK YOU CAN AGREE, THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE A DAY OF CELEBRATION IN LOS ANGELES IT IS THE GRAMMYS ARE ON RIGHT NOW A LOT OF PEOPLE GATHERING IN DOWNTOWN L

A AT THE VERY VENUE THAT KOBE SPENT SO MUCH OF HIS CAREER, STAPLES CENTER THERE WAS THIS DARK CLOUD OVER THE EVENT BECAUSE THE NEWS BROKE HOURS BEFORE THE RED CARPET OPENED UP >> RIGHT WHEN CELEBRITIES WERE PROBABLY GETTING READY, IN MAKEUP CHAIRS GETTING READY THEN THEY RECEIVED THIS NEWS

WE DID TALK TO A LOT OF CELEBRITIES EARLIER TODAY THEY WERE SO IMPACTED BY IT YOU'RE AT SUCH A HAPPY EVENT YOU WANT TO SMILE, HAVE A GOOD TIME BUT YOU KNOW TONIGHT A LOT OF SPEECHES AT THE GRAMMYS ARE GOING TO BE INCLUDING KOBE BRYANT IN THEIR THANKS HE MEANT SO MUCH TO ALL OF US

WHEN HE WON, THE TEAM WON THE CITY WAS ELECTRIC IT WAS SO EXCITING WHEN THE LAKERS WON AND WHEN THEY DIDN'T, WE WERE JUST AS SAD BUT ALWAYS HOPEFUL NEXT SEASON, THE NEXT GAME WE'D PICK IT UP AGAIN >> KOBE WAS THE GUY TO DO IT WE'VE BEEN REPORTING FROM THE RED CARPET PRIOR TO THE GRAMMYS AND TALKING TO A LOT OF CELEBRITIES ABOUT THEIR REACTION TO THIS NEWS

HERE'S WHAT SOME OF THEM HAD TO SAY >> KOBE WAS MY FRIEND WHAT HURTS ME EVEN MORE IS TO KNOW THAT AS A DAD MYSELF, TO KNOW THAT HIS BABY WAS ON THAT HELICOPTER WITH HIM AND HE WAS HELPLESS TO HELP HER BREAKS MY HEART MY YOUNGEST SON IS A BASKETBALL FANATIC

AND WHEN MICHAEL JORDAN WAS STILL PLAYING, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE HIM TO MEET MICHAEL MICHAEL AND I PLAYED GOLF TOGETHER MEET MICHAEL AND HE WAS SO ELATED THEN I HAD A CHANCE TO HAVE HIM MEET KOBE

AND IT WAS A GREAT MEETING >> I FEEL THE SADNESS OF THE CITY I FEEL THE SADNESS IN THIS ROOM I FEEL THE SADNESS IN MY OWN HEART BREAKING THEN YOU'RE ALSO TALKING TO A MAN — NO MIDDLE FOR ME

WON MY FIRST TWO GRAMMYS TODAY BUT YET I JUST DON'T FEEL THE JOY THAT I WOULD HAVE BEEN FEELING IT'S A DIFFERENT THING NOW IT'S JUST BITTERSWEET HE WAS NICE

HE WAS ONE OF THE FIST GUYS WHEN "OLD TOWN ROAD" STARTED BREAKING, HE POSTED ONE OF THE VIDEOS TO TAKE IT TO THE NEXT STEP HIS FAMILY, SOME OF THE KIDS CAME TO HANNAH MONTANA TAPINGS EVERYONE IN THE WORLD FELT LIKE THEY KNEW KOBE AND HIS FAMILY I'M A FAN I'M A HUGE FAN

I FELT LIKE I KNEW HIM JUST A LITTLE BIT LIKE EVERYONE, ENOUGH TO LOVE HIM >> HIS ATTITUDE WAS WHAT WAS A GAME CHANGER AND THE WAY HE'S TOUCHED SO MANY KIDS' LIVES I'M SURE LIL NAS X WILL BE THE FIRST TO TELL YOU IT'S A MIND LIKE KOBE BRYANT'S THAT BELIEVED IN DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE

AND BELIEVED IN GOING SOMEWHERE NO ONE HAD BEEN BEFORE >> WHEN THE DAY STARTED OFF WITH SO MUCH JOY, AND THEN I'M JUST BROKENHEARTED AS ARE SO MANY PEOPLE TO LOSE KOBE BRYANT AND HIS DAUGHTER AND WHOEVER ELSE WAS ON THAT HELICOPTER IT'S JUST A DAY FOR US TO REMEMBER TO CELEBRATE LIFE EVERY DAY

SO WE'RE DANCING THE FINALE AND WE'LL BE THINKING OF HIM WHEN WE'RE DANCING WE'LL THINK OF KOBE HE WAS ALL ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE AND THE ARTS >> IT'S AN UNUSUAL FEELING IN THE AIR OF COURSE TODAY FOR ME, HEARING ABOUT KOBE THIS MORNING, I DON'T KNOW

I WAS FILLED WITH A SENSE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY AND FRIENDSHIPS AND RELATIONSHIPS WITH PEOPLE AND JUST THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF LIFE AND HOW WE DON'T KNOW HOW LONG WE'RE EVER HERE FOR AND THE IMPORTANCE AND EVERYTHING THAT MATTERS >> WE'VE BEEN HEARING THAT A LOT ENJOY LIFE TO THE FULLEST LIFE IS SHORT A LOT OF PEOPLE THINKING ABOUT THIS WITH WHAT HAPPENED WITH KOBE BRYANT

>> I THINK IT'S SO INTERESTING TO SEE HOW SO MANY PEOPLE, EVEN IF THEY DIDN'T HAVE THAT CLOSE PERSONAL CONNECTION WITH HIM, THEY SAY I KNEW HIM WELL ENOUGH TO LOVE HIM AND I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE IN LA ARE FEELING THAT TONIGHT >> BILLY RAY CYRUS SAID THAT TONIGHT

I KNEW HIM WELL ENOUGH TO LOVE HIM THE LOSS OF A LEGEND CONTINUING COVERAGE ON KCAL9 CONTINUES AFTER THIS BREAK E MY ENOUGH KCAL NEWS COMING RIGHT AFTER THIS BREAK

>>> WELCOME BACK TO OUR CONTINUING COVERAGE OF THE PASSAGE OF KOBE BRYANT ONE OF THE PEOPLE I WAS MOST INTERESTED TO HEAR FROM WAS SHAQUILLE O'NEAL OBVIOUSLY LONG TENURE OF SUCCESS WITH THE LAKERS, WITH KOBE BRYANT BASICALLY THE YIN TO HIS YANG SHAQUILLE O'NEAL TWEETED THIS

THERE ARE NO WORDS TO EXPRESS THE PAIN I'M GOING THROUGH OF LOSING MY NIECE GIGI AND KOBE BRYANT MY CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO THE BRYANT FAMILY AND THE FAMILIES OF THE OTHER PASSENGERS ONBOARD I'M SICK RIGHT NOW >> IT'S VERY INTERESTING BECAUSE SHAQ IS NOT SOMEONE WE HEAR A LOT FROM AND HERE HE IS EXPRESSING HIS DEEPEST SENTIMENTS ALSO FORMER PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA TWEETED THIS: KOBE WAS A LEGEND ON THE COURT AND JUST GETTING STARTED IN WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN JUST AS MEANINGFUL SECOND ACT

TO LOSE GIANNA IS EVEN HEARTBREAKING TO US AS PARENTS WE SEND LOVE AND PRAYERS TO VANESSA AND THE ENTIRE BRYANT FAMILY ON THIS UNTHINKABLE DAY >> ONE OF THE PEOPLE WE HEARD REACTION FROM AFTER THE NEWS BROKE OF KOBE BRYANT'S DEATH WAS DOC RIVERS DOC WAS DOING SOME PREGAME INTERVIEWS OBVIOUSLY THE NBA WENT ON SOMEWHAT BUSINESS AS USUAL TODAY

GAMES WERE PLAYED INCLUDING THE CLIPPERS WHO HAD A GAME I BELIEVE IN ORLANDO DOC RIVERS HAD A VERY EMOTIONAL REACTION TO THE NEWS OF KOBE BRYANT'S DEATH HERE'S WHAT HE HAD TO SAY >> LISTEN, >> [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ] >> I DON'T KNOW YOU KNOW, I JUST DON'T HAVE A LOT TO SAY

THE NEWS IS JUST DEVASTATING TO EVERYBODY WHO KNEW HIM, KNEW HIM A LONG TIME YOU KNOW, HE MEANS A LOT TO ME OBVIOUSLY HE WAS SUCH A GREAT OPPONENT, YOU KNOW IT'S WHAT YOU WANT IN SPORTS HE HAD THAT DNA THAT VERY FEW ATHLETES COULD EVER HAVE

TIGER WOODS AND THE MICHAEL JORDANS IT'S FUNNY, I WAS GETTING TO KNOW HIM MORE SINCE HE RETIRED THIS IS A TOUGH ONE WE HAVE TO GO PLAY THE NEWS JUST IS DEVASTATING FOR VANESSA AND HIS FAMILY

THERE'S JUST SO MANY PEOPLE HE TOUCHED AND LOOKING AT MY YOUNG PLAYERS AND SEEING HOW EMOTIONAL THEY ARE THEY DIDN'T EVEN KNOW HIM AND IT JUST TELLS YOU HOW FAR HIS REACH WAS THIS IS JUST SHOCKING NEWS FOR ALL OF US I'M SORRY I DON'T HAVE A LOT TO SAY

I JUST CAN'T — I HAVE TO GO TALK TO A TEAM BEFORE A GAME AND TELL THEM TO PLAY A GAME >> WHAT WAS YOUR LAST INTERACTION WITH KOBE LIKE? >> IT WAS GREAT WE WERE AT A FUNCTION, THREE OR FOUR WEEKS AGO AND WE SAT AND TALKED FOR PROBABLY 45 MINUTES WE ALWAYS LIKED TO REMINISCE WE WOULD ALWAYS LAUGH AT OUR VERSIONS OF OUR LOSSES

WHEN THEY BEAT US I HAD OUR VERSION AND WE'D LAUGH AT HOW DIFFERENT WE LOOKED AT THE GAMES THIS IS A GREAT LOSS FOR THE LEAGUE I THOUGHT HE HAD SO MUCH MORE LEFT TO DO AND HE WAS STARTING TO DO IT NEVER SEEN HIM HAPPIER

SO, I DON'T KNOW >> DID YOU FEEL BLESSED — >> YEAH, I'M LUCKY THAT I GOT TO COACH AND COMPETE AGAINST HIM AND I FEEL FOR SO MANY PEOPLE OBVIOUSLY HIS FAMILY CAN'T IMAGINE TY LOU PLAYED WITH HIM

CLIFF COACHED WITH HIM KAWHI WAS VERY CLOSE WITH HIM AND SO WAS PAUL GEORGE HE MEANT A LOT OF GOOD FOR OUR LEAGUE AND ESPECIALLY THE COMPETITIVE PART OF OUR LEAGUE SOMETIMES THINGS DON'T MAKE SENSE

THERE'S TIMES YOU SHOULD FEEL JUST — YOU JUST FEEL SAD AND THIS IS ONE OF THEM AND YOU KNOW YOU HAVE TO GET THROUGH IT WE WILL WE ALL WILL

WE ALL HAVE TO BE STRONG WE LAUGHED AND JOKED ABOUT THE MAMBA MENTALITY WE'RE ALL GOING TO NEED IT RIGHT NOW AND THERE'S NOBODY — I THINK EVERYBODY RIGHT NOW IS A LAKER FAN WE'RE ALL LAKERS TODAY

YOU FEEL FOR THAT COMMUNITY, FOR JEANIE AND EVERYBODY ELSE I THINK PEOPLE THINK BECAUSE YOU COMPETE AGAINST PEOPLE SOMETIMES THAT YOU DON'T HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM AND YOU DON'T LIKE THEM, AND IT'S PROBABLY THE EXACT OPPOSITE I THINK SOMETIMES THE MORE YOU COMPETE, THE MORE RESPECT YOU HAVE FOR THE OPPONENT I WOULD SAY THAT'S THE WAY I FELT WITH KOBE SO THAT'S ALL

I JUST DON'T HAVE A LOT TO SAY >> IT'S JUST REALLY, REALLY EMOTIONAL SOUND FROM DOC RIVERS THERE, IN TEARS FRANKLY UNCONTROLLABLY CRYING AFTER NEWS BROKE OF KOBE BRYANT'S DEATH I JUST WANT TO SAY THERE WERE SEVERAL GAMES PLAYED IN THE NBA TODAY SOME PEOPLE ONLINE WERE CRITICAL OF THAT

BUT VERY DIFFICULT TO CANCEL A GAME AT THE LAST MOMENT FOR MANY REASONS BUT IT WAS A REALLY HARD DAY AND IMAGINE HOW HARD IT WAS FOR PLAYERS TO GET OUT THERE AND PLAY TODAY SO MANY OF THEM WERE IN TEARS TIM DUNCAN WAS CRYING

TYSON CHANDLER WAS CRYING AUSTIN RIVERS WAS CRYING JUST SO MANY PEOPLE WHO WERE IN TEARS TODAY AND HAD TO FIND THE STRENGTH TO PLAY A BASKETBALL GAME AFTER THIS SHOCKING NEWS THAT REALLY SHOCKED THE NBA TO ITS CORE >> AND FOR COACHES LIKE DOC RIVERS WHO HAS TO REV UP HIS TEAM, FIRE THEM UP FOR THE NEXT TEAM, THAT'S WHEN HE CHOKED UP THE MOST HE GOES, I HAVE TO GO INTO THE LOCKER ROOM AND TALK TO THESE YOUNG GUYS AND TELL THEM WHAT'S GOING ON AND TRY TO MOTIVATE THEM TO PLAY A GOOD GAME

CONTINUING COVERAGE OF THE LOSS OF A LEGEND KOBE BRYANT CONTINUES RIGHT AFTER THIS SHORT BREAK STAY WITH US WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK

THE LOSS OF A LEGEND, KOBE BRYANT STAY WITH US WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK >>> WALK BACK TO OUR CONTINUING BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE OF THE SUDDEN DEATH OF KOBE BRYANT IN A HELICOPTER CRASH GAMES WENT ON SCHEDULED TODAY THAT WAS A DIFFICULT MOMENT FOR PLAYERS, COACHES, AND FOR FANS

ONE OF THE MOST I THINK PROMINENT MOMENTS WE SAW, OBVIOUSLY YOU KNEW THESE GAMES WERE GOING TO PAY TRIBUTE SOMEHOW TO KOBE BRYANT THESE TEAMS TAKING 24-SECOND SHOT CLOCK VIOLATIONS IN HONOR OF KOBE BRYANT BASICALLY LETTING THE CLOCK RUN THERE AND SEE THAT AND IMAGINING FOR EACH AND EVERY PLAYER, EVEN PLAYERS WHO NEVER PLAYED WITH KOBE BRYANT, ESPECIALLY THE YOUNGER PLAYERS AND PLAYERS OF OTHER TEAMS, HE MEANT SOMETHING TO THEM IN A WAY THAT'S PROBABLY HARD TO UNDERSTAND FOR THOSE OF US WHO DON'T PLAY IN THE NBA THIS IS A PLAYER WHO TRANSFORMED A GENERATION OF ATHLETES, NOT JUST BASKETBALL PLAYERS SOMEONE WHO THIS MAMBA MENTALITY, THIS IDEA THAT HE WAS DETERMINED TO PERFORM UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, BE IT INJURY, BE IT ILLNESS

THIS MAMBA MENTALITY PERMEATED BASKETBALL AND TRANSCENDED SPORTS FRANKLY >> HE HAD A 20-YEAR CAREER WITH THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS, BRINGING THEM TO MANY CHAMPIONSHIPS THERE THE LOSS OF KOBE BRYANT IS A LOSS TO OUR CITY, A LOSS TO THE SPORT AND I EVEN HEARD TODAY FROM A FRIEND OF MINE WHO'S OUT OF THE COUNTRY, ALMOST IMMEDIATELY BY THE TIME I FOUND OUT, HE FOUND OUT AND HE TEXTED ME, IS IT TRUE? DID KOBE BRYANT REALLY DIE? AND I CONFIRMED THE INFORMATION FOR HIM A LOT OF PEOPLE, THIS IS WORLDWIDE NEWS AND A LOT OF PEOPLE AFFECTED BY IT

>> SOMETHING INTERESTING TO NOTE, OBVIOUSLY KOBE BRYANT HAD JUST RETIRED A COUPLE YEARS AGO AND PLAYED ONE OF THE GREATEST GAMES I THINK OF HIS CAREER IN THAT FINAL GAME BECAUSE OF WHAT A TREMENDOUS PERFORMANCE IT WAS 60 POINTS REALLY POIGNANT HE WAS REALLY RELAXED THROUGHOUT THAT GAME IF I CAN REMEMBER, I THINK EVEN THE ANNOUNCERS WHO WERE CALLING THE GAME MADE NOTE OF THAT IT WAS JUST THE PERFECT ENDING TO SUCH A TREMENDOUS CAREER THAT SO MANY OF US HAVE WATCHED

AND I THINK WHAT'S REALLY HARD ABOUT THIS NEWS, AT LEAST IN MY OPINION, IS THAT KOBE BRYANT WASN'T DONE HE HAD RETIRED FROM THE GAME BUT HE HAD HIS HANDS IN SO MANY THINGS WE HEARD FROM JIM HILL AND SOME OF THE REPORTING HE DID THAT HE NEVER GOT TO SEE HIMSELF MEMORIALIZED AS A STATUE THERE WAS SO MUCH AHEAD OF HIM IN THE WAY OF ACCOLADES AND HALL OF FAME HONORS AND THINGS STILL AHEAD OF HIM >> HE'S ONLY 41 YEARS OLD

A VERY YOUNG MAN AND I THINK ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL POST-SPORTS CAREER THAN MOST PEOPLE HE WAS A BUSINESSMAN HE WAS AN AUTHOR HE HAD SO MUCH MORE TO DO IF YOU WENT TO HIS TWITTER PAGE, IT SAID THAT

PRODUCER, AUTHOR AND OF COURSE FATHER OF FOUR WONDERFUL GIRLS AND OF COURSE A HUSBAND TO VANESSA AND A FAMILY THAT HE LOVED VERY MUCH AND WE'D SEE HIM OFTENTIMES COURTSIDE THERE AT LAKER GAMES YOU CAN SEE HE WOULD LOOK OVER TO HIS DAUGHTER HE'D WHISPER IN HER EAR HE WAS BEAMING

HE WAS SO HAPPY TO BE WITH HIS FAMILY THOSE ARE THE IMAGES WE'RE GOING TO TAKE AWAY FROM THIS >> WE WATCHED HIS CHILDREN GROW UP BEFORE OUR EYES EVEN WHEN THERE WAS THIS LULL FOR QUITE SOME TIME AS LAKERS FANS AND LA

SPORTS FANS REMEMBER WHERE THE LAKERS WERE NOT DOING WELL AND KOBE STUCK BY THEM AND CONTINUED TO TRY TO DO HIS BEST AND PERFORM AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF THE GAME I CAN SAY AS AN ATHLETE, SO MUCH OF THAT IS MENTAL AND IS HARD WHEN THE TEAM MAY NOT BE PERFORMING AT THE LEVEL YOU THINK THEY CAN PERFORM TO HE HAD THE MENTAL WHERE WITH ALL TO CONTINUE TO PERFORM AT HIS BEST LEVEL IT WAS AMAZING TO SEE WE FEEL HONORED TO WITNESS HIS CAREER AND ALL OF THE THINGS HE DID FOR THE LOS ANGELES AREA IN THE WAY OF COMMUNITY OUTREACH

THERE WAS A TON OF THAT THAT HAPPENED ESPECIALLY OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST FEW YEARS OUR SPORTS DIRECTOR JIM HILL HAS TALKED ABOUT HUSBAND PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE OF KOBE BRYANT HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE GOING THROUGH SCHOOL AND PAYING FOR THEIR COLLEGE THERE ARE STORIES THAT WILL COME OUT THAT WE NEVER KNEW ABOUT KOBE AND THE LIVES HE TOUCHED IN PRIVATE THAT WE WERE NOT AWARE OF SOME OF THE KINDNESSES HE DID FOR PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY >> BUT WHAT WE ARE SEEING TONIGHT OF COURSE IS HOW KOBE BRYANT AFFECTED OUR COMMUNITY IN DIFFERENT LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT LOS ANGELES OVER AT STAPLES CENTER WHERE THE GRAMMYS ARE TAKING PLACE, AT THE CRASH SITE AS WELL AS THE MAMBA ACADEMY, PEOPLE ARE GATHERING TOGETHER JUST LIKE IN THEIR OWN PRIVATE MOMENTS OF SILENCE

THEY WANT TO BE WITH EACH OTHER FANS ARE GRABBING THEIR LAKER GEAR YOU CAN SEE THIS IS A MAN WHO HAD A VERY LARGE RIPPLE EFFECT IN OUR COMMUNITY WHEN HE WAS A LAKER AND POST LAKER AS WELL HE USED TO COACH HIS DAUGHTER'S BASKETBALL TEAM AND THAT IS I BELIEVE WHERE THEY WERE GOING THIS MORNING WHEN THIS CRASH HAPPENED >> THIS IS SOME OF THE VIDEO FROM ONE OF THE GAMES THAT WAS PLAYED EARLIER TODAY AT THE SMOOTHIE KING CENTER

OBVIOUSLY A LOT OF TRIBUTES SOMETHING I MENTIONED EARLIER IN ONE OF OUR PREVIOUS HOURS AS WE CONTINUE TO COVER THIS BREAKING NEWS ON KCAL9, THE STORY DOESN'T END HERE WE'RE GOING TO SEE FUNERALS FOR THESE FAMILIES WE'RE GOING TO SEE A FUNERAL FOR KOBE BRYANT AND HIS 13-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER GIGI WHO HE LOVED HE LOVED ALL HIS CHILDREN

HE HAD A SPECIAL BOND WITH GIGI BECAUSE OF HER LOVE FOR THE GAME SHE WANTED TO CONTINUE HIS LEGACY ON THE COURT >> DIDN'T HE CALL HER MINI MAMBA? >> HE SAID SHE WAS VERY DETERMINED AND SHE HAD THAT MAMBA MENTALITY IF YOU WILL BUT KEEP IN MIND HERE IN THE LA

AREA, WE'RE GOING TO SEE THESE REMEMBRANCES OF KOBE BRYANT FOR MONTHS TO COME >> AS DOC RIVERS TOLD US IN THE INTERVIEW, WE'RE ALL GOING TO NEED THE MAMBA MENTALITY NOW WE'RE ALL LAKERS TODAY >> WE'RE GOING TO JOIN YOU AT 10:30 FOR A SPECIAL EDITION OF SPORTS CENTRAL, REMEMBERING THE LIFE OF KOBE BRYANT YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THAT

WE'LL HAVE ALL KINDS OF HIGHLIGHTS AND SPECIAL MOMENTS ON THAT BROADCAST FOR NOW, WE'RE GOING TO SAY GOOD EVENING TO YOU AND WE'LL REJOIN YOU COMING UP ON KCAL9NEWS AT 8:00 o■ I'M ELAINE QUIJANO, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US NBA LEGEND, KOBE BRYANT DIED IN A HELICOPTER CRASH IN CALABASAS, CALIFORNIA SUNDAY MORNING BRIAN WAS ONE OF SEVERAL PEOPLE KILLED IN THE CRASH

HIS 13 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER GIANNA ALSO DIED TRIBUTES ARE POURING IN FOR THE FORMER LAKERS SUPERSTAR WHO RETIRED IN 2016 AFTER SPENDING 20 YEARS WITH LOS ANGELES CHRIS MARTINEZ REPORTS FROM CALABASAS, CALIFORNIA >> BASKETBALL LEGEND KOBE BRYANT WAS KILLED IN A HELICOPTER CRASH IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA >> THERE WERE NO SURVIVORS

WE HAVE A MANIFEST THAT DI

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