Sports world and beyond reacts after tragic death of Kobe Bryant

ESPN NBA insider Ramona Shelburne: Bryant “pursued excellence” not just in basketball but in everything he did.
4:13 | 01/27/20

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so much reaction coming in from the sports world and beyond. Shaquille O'Neal, posting on social media, there are no words to express the pain I'm going through. I'm sick right now. Disney's Robert iger tweeting, Disney mourns the tragic loss. Barack Obama writing, Bryant was just beginning a meaningful second act in his career. President trump calling it terrible news. For more on the reaction, let's bring in Ramona Shelburne. You were telling me that kobe Bryant pursued excellence in everything he did, not just basketball. He would just cold call Tim cook at apple, okay? He would pick up the phone and dial up some director who he'd seen their movie, and thought it was great. And he would just call them up and be like, hi, this is kobe. How did you make that movie? And what was crazy is I think he thought he could do it himself one day. One of my all-time kobe stories, he was trying to do something romantic for his wife. He wanted to make a grand gesture. Something that she would know meant everything to him, right? He decides he's going to teach himself how to play piano and he's going to play moonlight sonata for her. He didn't just hire a teacher or get lessons. He just listened to that over and over and taught himself to play it by ear so he could play it for her. Because it meant that much to him. That would show how much it meant. I mean, who does that? Like, kobe Bryant does that, and I think that's what I'll always remember about him, is that he would look at storytelling, any world he wanted to conquer, and initially knew, okay, who are the people I need to meet with to figure out how to conquer that world? He would call them, learn from them, and go try and do it. And he kind of did, guys. He won an academy award his first time out, his first year after retiring. I don't know if you've seen it, but there has been a video circulaing showing kobe and his daughter enjoying a game of basketball. He shared this game with his she unfortunately passed away as well. Talk to me about kobe Bryant the father. Kobe and I are about the same age. I'm a year younger than him. I just gave birth to a son about 15 months ago. He would text me all the time while I was pregnant, checking in on me. When the baby was born, he would ask how he was, send me pictures of him and his kids. He was so focused on being a good dad and helping me be a good mom. That's everything he cared about in life right now. Sometimes I would say, did you see what happened, Kevin Durant tore his Achilles, what happened with the Lakers? He would say, no, I missed it, I was at a basketball game or choir practice. His whole life was about his kids. And he really was teaching Gigi the game, was so proud of her. He said, she's going to be in the league someday. I think she was already verbally committed to UConn. He had it all figured out, they were kindred spirits in the way they approached and played the I've gotten calls from friends in this area, because I live right here. Their daughters play with Gigi on teams, and she was great as a basketball player. It's unfathomable that they're Ramona, thank you for joining us. There will be an ABC news special presentation, kobe Bryant, death of a legend, at 10:00 P.M. Here on ABC.

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