NFL players reacted with more shock than NBA over Kobe news
Thursday began for Kobe Bryant with apparent good news — despite missing most of the season recovering from an Achilles injury, he has the No. 2-selling jersey in the NBA.
Top-selling NBA jerseys: 1) LeBron James 2) Kobe Bryant 3) Derrick Rose 4) Kevin Durant 5) Carmelo Anthony
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 19, 2013
And with Christmas just around the corner, it made sense that the king of Christmas hoops would still be a highly desired gift.
This will be Kobe Bryant's 16th Christmas game (an NBA record). Second is Dolph Schayes, Earl Monroe and Shaq with 13 Christmas games each.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) December 19, 2013
Then the basketball world was reminded that no one’s immune from a lump of coal, not even Showtime and Mamba.
Injury Update: Kobe Bryant has a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee. He is expected to miss 6 weeks.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 19, 2013
For his part, Kobe vowed to remain undeterred, despite another injury setback.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) December 19, 2013
And some other stars in the league wished him well and lamented the loss for the league.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) December 20, 2013
— Brandon Rush (@BRush_25) December 19, 2013
Kobe can't catch a break.
— Mario Chalmers (@mchalmers15) December 19, 2013
And his Lakers teammates also wished him a speedy recovery, but pledged to continue to fight on without their star.
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) December 20, 2013
— Xavier Henry (@XavierHenry) December 19, 2013
And there was this, yet another reminder of Kobe’s popularity.
Kobe Bryant will still very likely be voted as a starter for the All-Star game, which is just under eight weeks away.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) December 19, 2013
And a reminder of how human he is.
— Steve Kerr (@SteveKerrTNT) December 19, 2013
But perhaps nowhere will Bryant’s absence be felt more than . . . the NFL? Look how many people from the world of football gave shout-outs to Bryant.
— brandon spikes (@BrandonSpikes55) December 19, 2013
— Donte' Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) December 20, 2013
— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) December 20, 2013
Kobe hurt again?? Hoping for a speedy recovery ! #lakeshow
— Jerry Rice (@JerryRice) December 19, 2013
Sorry to hear about @kobebryant's leg fracture. Best wishes for a very quick recovery
— Pete Carroll (@PeteCarroll) December 19, 2013
Praying for my man @kobebryant just awful luck!
— Matt Leinart (@MattLeinartQB) December 19, 2013