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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Kobe Bryant checked in on Shaq’s son Shareef morning of helicopter crash

Shareef O'Neal

Kobe Bryant died tragically in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning, and it appears one of the last people he reached out to was Shareef O’Neal.

O’Neal, who is the son of Shaquille O’Neal, announced earlier this week that he is transferring from UCLA. After the news broke on Sunday that Bryant died, Shareef shared a screenshot of a direct message Kobe sent him that morning. O’Neal referred to Bryant as “unc,” indicating the two had a close relationship. Bryant had asked Shareef how he was doing.

Shaq and Kobe won three straight championships together with the Los Angeles Lakers. The two openly butted heads during their time as teammates, but the fact that Kobe reached out to Shareef to see how he was doing speaks to the way Kobe’s and Shaq’s relationship progressed.

Bryant’s daughter was also killed in the helicopter crash.

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Other victims of the helicopter crash:
John Altobelli, junior college baseball coach, also died in helicopter crash
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Tributes to Kobe:
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Michael Jordan releases statement on death of ‘little brother’ Kobe Bryant
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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
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Trae Young’s huge game was full of Kobe Bryant-related statistical coincidences

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