Everyone across the sports world continues to pay tribute to the great Kobe Bryant, also known as The Black Mamba.
10 News spoke with Roland Lazenby of Wytheville, a sportswriter who has previously taught at Virginia Tech and Radford, in the studio.
Lazenby has written dozens of books on NBA athletes including “Showboat: The life of Kobe Bryant”.
“It’s a tremendous loss. Kobe was such a huge part of the culture of basketball. I’m not talking about the culture of the game itself. He was that,” said Lazenby. “He was a young man who spoke languages. He lived in other countries. He had this view of the world who wanted no quarter and he gave none. He was a pure competitive spirit.”
There has been a huge outpouring of support for the 41-year-old basketball player.
William Fleming and VCU grad Troy Daniels, who is now a current Laker, tweeted:
You made being an absolute killer on the court cool. You made being a dad cool. We all knew the basketball player you were. But you were more than that.! You were a proud father.. A role model to millions.!!! Also an unbelievable dad and husband.!!! I’m so sorry to your family.!! pic.twitter.com/BWvem2gRCU
— Troy Daniels (@troydaniels) January 26, 2020
Source: WSLS News 10