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Video: Doc Rivers breaks down crying talking about Kobe Bryant

Doc Rivers crying

The surreal news of Kobe Bryant’s death was met with shock across the NBA.

Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among five people who died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif. on Sunday as they traveled to Mamba Academy (for a basketball game or practice). The sports world was left stunned with the news, with many sending their thoughts on social media.

Doc Rivers, who played in the NBA from 1983-1996 and has coached since 1999, addressed the media before his Los Angeles Clippers’ game on Sunday in Orlando. The 58-year-old head coach broke down crying while speaking about Kobe.

“This is just shocking news for all of us. Sorry I don’t have a lot to say. I have to go talk to a team before a game and tell them to play … I can’t,” Rivers said.

Here’s the full clip of him talking about Kobe:

The video of Rivers shows just how deep of an impact the death of Kobe has had on the NBA world. The Spurs and Raptors began their game Sunday with a tribute to Kobe. Shaquille O’Neal has also shared an emotional tribute to his former teammate.

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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

More coverage:
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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