Chiedozie Nwoye, Coal City King Basketball Coach in Enugu State has described the death of the American National Basketball Association (NBA) legend, Kobe Bryant as a `rude shock’.
The coach told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium, Enugu during a basketball training session that late Bryant was an icon in basketball not only in America but worldwide.
“Kobe Bryant was a disciplined and great NBA player; many basketball players around the world take him as their role model.
“He was a great player that has broken and created so many records in basketball and have also won many titles including the Olympics gold medals in 2008 and 2012.
“It was really bad news even this morning we found it difficult to train and we observed a one minute silence for the legend that will be missed forever,” Nwoye said.
He further sent his condolences to the family of the deceased and the entire NBA family worldwide.
NAN reports that the basketball legend and one of his daughters, Gianna was among the nine people that died on Sunday morning when a helicopter crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, California.
Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna had been expected at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks for a basketball game scheduled for Sunday.
Gianna was expected to play in the game and Bryant was expected to coach.
Late Bryant was an American professional basketball player and shooting guard. He played his entire 20 season career in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers.