Kobe Bryant offers support to Colorado State player whose parents died in house fire

Rams forward Emmanuel Omogbo (middle) is consoled by teammates guard Prentiss Nixon (11) and guard Fred Richardson III (5) during the team's Jan. 20. game against Air Force.

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On Jan. 19, Colorado State Rams junior forward Emmanuel Omogbo lost his parents as well as his sister’s 2-year-old twins in a deadly fire at their home in Maryland.

The next day, Omogbo suited up for the team’s game against Air Force with a very heavy heart and received the game ball in a 83-79 Rams victory.

"Most gallant effort I ever saw," Colorado State coach Larry Eustachy said, wiping away tears. "We really wanted to win that game so we could give him a winning ball."

As Omogbo and his family continue to heal from the tragedy, Emmanuel is getting support from the greater basketball community, including from soon-to-be retired Lakers star Kobe Bryant: