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

Published Feb. 1, 2016 10:04 a.m. ET

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: