Shaquille O’Neal has honoured his late teammate and “brother” Kobe Bryant while leaving the home of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team on Tuesday night.
Shaq and Kobe played with each other for the better part of a decade, helping to lead the Lakers to three straight NBA titles from 2000 to 2002.
They were practically a packaged deal and so when news broke of Bryant’s death, Shaq was left incredibly shocked and saddened along with the rest of the world.
On Sunday news broke that legendary basketball player Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter cash, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other passengers.
Following the news, Shaq was quick to express his sadness over the loss of his “brother”.
“There’s no words to express the pain I’m going through with this tragedy of [losing] my [niece] Gigi & my brother @kobebryant I love and u will be missed,” he shared on Twitter alongside a series of photos.
There’s no words to express the pain Im going through with this tragedy of loosing my neice Gigi & my brother @kobebryant I love u and u will be missed. My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW pic.twitter.com/pigHywq3c1
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) January 26, 2020
“My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW.” (sic)
On Tuesday night, Shaq made an appearance at the Staples Centre in LA where he lead a crowd of fans in a chant for Kobe.
In a video posted to Instagram by @omerdrinks, the former NBA player can be seen shushing the crowd before shouting,
“One more time. Kobe! Kobe! Kobe!”
Shaq is due to hold a previously scheduled Miami Fun House event on Wednesday (local time) and he has said on Twitter that the event will go forward, with fund raised to go to the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant foundation and the families who lost loved ones in the helicopter tragedy.
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) January 29, 2020