Mnogi aktualni i bivši igrači opraštaju se od Kobea Bryanta, a među njima je i Lamar Odom, dugogodišnji suigrač s kojim je osvojio posljednje naslove.
Njih dvojica imala su poseban odnos koji je nadilazio i košarkaške stvari. Sam Kobe bio je jedan od rijetkih ljudi koji su ga došli posjetiti kada je bio na rubu smrti zbog predoziranja.
''Naučio me toliko stvari u životu koje su bile potrebne na terenu i van njega. Na terenu me naučio kako razbijati obranu i uzeti si vrijeme. Kako ostvariti svoj konačni cilj. Izvan terena me naučio kako da potpisujem svoje čekove. Naravno, svatko tko zna moju priču zna da sam pretrpio veliki gubitak, ali jedini gubitak s kojim ovo mogu usporediti jest onaj kada sam ostao bez sina. Iako naš odnos nije bio otac/sin, on je više bio učitelj, a ja njegov brat. Nisam mogao doći do zraka kada sam čuo vijest. Još uvijek čekam da mediji objave kako je to lažna vijest. Nema šanse da je Bog tako rano uzeo mog brata. Znam da sam u životu prolazio kroz loše stvari zbog korištenja drogu. Kada sam prošao kroz komu, da je Bog došao i rekao da će uzeti mene i poštedjeti Kobea, radije bih da se to dogodilo. U čast brata, sutra u 4 ujutro idem u dvoranu! Volim te, brate!'' dio je dirljive poruke Lamara Odoma.
Bryant je karijeru završio u travnju 2016. godine, a odigrao je 1346 utakmica i oborio niz rekorda. Sa 33.643 postignuta koša nalazi se na četvrtom mjestu ljestvice svih vremena, a ispred njega su samo Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38.387), Karl Malone (36.928) i Lebron James (33.655). Upisao je i 7047 skokova i 6306 asistencija.
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These picture are just the tip of the iceberg of our relationship. He taught me so many things in life that were necessary on and off the court. On the court he taught me how to carve out defenses and how to take my time. How to make winning my ultimate goal. Off the court he taught me to sign my own checks lol. Of course anyone who knows my story knows I’ve suffered a lot of loss but the only loss I can compare this to is when I lost my son. Even though our relationship wasn’t father/son, it was more like him being a teacher and me being his brother. I’m glad I got to be the ying to your yang as far as the locker room was concerned. It was my pleasure. I couldn’t even catch my breath today when I heard this news. I just knew if he was in a helicopter crash he would have been the one to survive. Somehow he would have jumped out and landed on his feet. I’m sitting here thinking about when we would be in practice scrimmaging and you would start the jump ball off with elbowing Sasha in the chest. Like dude it’s 10:30 in the morning lol. You think watching him play was crazy, you gotta think in practice if you scored like 8-9 buckets throughout the practice you had a great practice. I’ve seen him knock off 13-14 in a row in practice!!!! I’m still waiting for the media to come out and say wrong report. No way God took my brother this early. I know I been through my own stuff in life with using drugs and not being good to myself. When I went through that Coma situation if God would have came to me and said we would take me and spare Kobe I would have rather that happened. In honor of my brother I’m up at 4am tomorrow to get to the gym! Gigi gone give you buckets!!!! I love you brother 💔🙏🏿😥 @kobebryant