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Co-owner of Grand Rapids Drive remembers playing on the court with Bryant

Posted at 7:03 AM, Jan 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-27 07:29:20-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The world continues to react to the tragic death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter along with seven other people.

Detroit Pistons legend and co-owner of the Grand Rapids Drive Ben Wallace says he remembers playing against Bryant several times.

"[I] got to see first hand the passion he brought to the game of basketball," Wallace said in a statement.

"Kobe put his all into the game he loved and the NBA and world of basketball is better because of him," Wallace said. "My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bryant family as we mourn the loss of Kobe and his daughter Gianna. There will never be another Mamba. RIP to the GOAT.”

Bryant died on Sunday after the helicopter he was riding in crashed in what officials say was foggy conditions that grounded other choppers.