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Video: Emotional Mike Breen sums up NBA world’s emotions about Kobe Bryant’s death

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The NBA world remains in shock over the death of Kobe Bryant on Sunday, and New York Knicks broadcaster Mike Breen summed up a lot of those feelings at the start of the evening’s game.

Breen, known to national audiences as the play-by-play voice of the NBA on ESPN, was clearly emotional as he spoke about the sadness he felt, as well as the sadness players felt playing the games. Breen admitted that he didn’t feel like calling the game, and that “a lot of the players don’t feel like playing.”

Breen’s comments are a good summary of how many in the game are feeling right now. At least one player close to Bryant couldn’t even bring himself to play Sunday night, and many players probably would have preferred to be with their loved ones to reflect and grieve. Breen summed up those emotions quite beautifully on a very sad day.

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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

Tributes to Kobe:
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
Kobe Bryant checked in on Shaq’s son Shareef morning of helicopter crash
No, Rick Fox did not die in helicopter crash that killed Kobe, Gianna Bryant
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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