It’s been 3 days since Kobe Bean Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other passengers died in a helicopter crash. Bryant’s death had many of his NBA brethren not only mourning but reflecting on life as a whole and any differences they may have with friends.
Case in point, Kendrick Perkins, who’s dust-up earlier this month with former teammate Kevin Durant had social media buzzing. Perkins got Durant to react when he declared that Russell Westbrook was the best player to wear an Oklahoma City Thunder jersey. Even going as far as to point out that KD was the reason the Warriors were able to come back from a 3-1 deficit to punch a ticket to the NBA Finals during the 2016 playoffs.
Durant, who is known to have very fired back, and he didn’t need his to do so, pointing out how insignificant Perkins’ contributions were while they were teammates.
Then Kobe’s death happened, and Perkin’s took it very hard, and it seemed to put things in perspective for the NBA baller. In a tweet, Perk apologized to Durant, professing his love for his brother, basically giving him his roses while he is still here.
No word on if Durant has responded to Perkin’s apology, but the now Brooklyn Net did finally speak on Kobe’s passing saying it felt like he knew Bryant all his life and that it hurts to think about him no longer being here.
“I felt like I knew him my whole life. We see him grow up; we see him retiring, going into his second phase of life. It’s just so many people that are sad about this, and it hurts to even think about it.”
He further added that even though they faced off against each other 25 times during Bryant’s playing days, conversations with Kobe were very brief, but he did give Durant some great advice like “just put the work in, man.”
“Kobe didn’t really have any long-winded messages for me as a player; it was just quick, short gems. And he led by example — so he came in and worked, and you seen it.
“The craft was the most important thing, and mastering it, and everything you learn from that is what you’re gonna be in life. And he poured everything into the game, and poured everything into everybody that was involved with him.”
We hope Kendrick and KD can put aside their differences, you never want your last words with someone to be on some negative ish.
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