Tiger Woods called it “a surprise” to discover his buddy Kobe Bryant had actually passed away in a helicopter crash.
Woods was informed the news by his caddie, Joe LaCava, after finishing his last round at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego on Sunday.
Bryant apparently was among 9 individuals on board a helicopter that crashed at roughly 10 a.m. regional time in Calabasas, Calif. Regional authorities stated that there were no survivors. Bryant’s 13- year-old child, Gianna, likewise passed away in the crash, the NBA revealed.
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Bryant, who won 5 NBA champions with the Lakers and made ratings of individual distinctions, was nicknamed “Mamba,” and golf fans were advising an unconcerned Woods to produce a wonderful round in the basketball excellent’s memory.
” I didn’t truly comprehend why individuals were stating, ‘Do it for Mamba’,” Woods, an ardent Lakers fan and a Bryant admirer, informed CBS Sports in a postround interview. “But now I comprehend. It’s a surprise for everybody. I’m incredibly unfortunate.”
Woods stated Bryant was a motivation as a gamer.
” He brought it each and every night on both ends of the flooring,” Woods informed CBS. “Not too lots of people can state that throughout NBA history.
” He secured on D [defense], clearly he was dominant on the offending side, however anytime he remained in the video game he ‘d handle their finest gamer and simply shut him down for all 48 minutes which was among the more outstanding things I believe in his whole profession.
” When he burst his Achilles (in 2013) and went to the nasty line and made his shots, that’s difficult.”