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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Bill Belichick shares personal anecdote in touching tribute to Kobe Bryant

Bill Belichick

The death of Kobe Bryant has been felt across the entire sports world, and Bill Belichick is one of countless players and coaches who got to experience Kobe’s greatness first-hand.

On Tuesday, Belichick issued a touching statement that included a personal anecdote about Bryant. Two years into his retirement, Kobe visited the New England Patriots during the 2018 offseason and addressed the team at the request of Belichick. The coach said Tuesday that it was the most captivated he has ever seen his team.

Belichick has been around football his entire life and has friends in some very high places. A number of sports legends and celebrities have addressed the Patriots as guest speakers over the years, so it says a lot that Belichick recognized the impact Kobe had on his players.

Kobe also took the time during that visit with the Patriots to record a video with then-Pats wide receiver Jordan Matthews, whose wife had just given birth.

It’s always easier to say nice things about a person after they die, but some of the personal stories people have shared about Kobe have been incredible. A number of Bryant’s greatest accomplishments in life came off the basketball court, and that is remarkable considering he was a five-time NBA champion and 18-time All-Star.

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Other victims of the helicopter crash:
John Altobelli, junior college baseball coach, also died in helicopter crash
Christina Mauser, girls’ basketball coach, among the helicopter crash victims
Sarah Chester, daughter Payton were also killed in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash
Ara Zobayan was the pilot in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

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Bill Belichick shares touching anecdote in tribute to Kobe Bryant
UConn honors Gianna Bryant with own jersey, spot on the bench
Dallas Mavericks retire Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 jersey
Video: Raptors, Spurs start game with amazing tribute to Kobe Bryant
Shaq posts heartfelt tribute to Kobe Bryant
Michael Jordan releases statement on death of ‘little brother’ Kobe Bryant
Video: Doc Rivers breaks down crying talking about Kobe Bryant
Phil Jackson calls Kobe Bryant ‘a chosen one’ in statement on his death
NBA commissioner Adam Silver issues statement on death of Kobe Bryant
Video: Dwyane Wade posts emotional message reacting to Kobe Bryant’s death
Kendrick Perkins extends olive branch to Kevin Durant after Kobe Bryant’s death
Video: Emotional Mike Breen sums up NBA world’s emotions about Kobe Bryant’s death
Trae Young’s huge game was full of Kobe Bryant-related statistical coincidences

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Media errors, rumors, poor judgment run rampant in reporting of Kobe Bryant news
NBA postpones Tuesday’s Lakers-Clippers game after Kobe Bryant’s death
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Lakers fans start memorial to Kobe Bryant outside Staples Center
Kobe Bryant’s last tweet was congratulating LeBron James on passing him
Sports world stunned over Kobe Bryant news
Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash – dead at 41

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