Carmelo Anthony Devotes Post to Late Kobe Bryant & Recalls Their Last Conversation about Gigi
Carmelo Anthony mourned the death of his friend and former colleague Kobe Bryant in an emotional post. The NBA player also recalled their final conversation, which, sadly, involved Kobe’s daughter, Gigi, who died alongside her dad.
Emotions have been at an all-time high across the globe after news broke that Kobe and his teenage daughter perished in a helicopter crash. The pain hits hardest for people who interacted directly with them during their lifetime.
Carmelo, who per Hollywood Life played at the Olympics with Kobe, took to Instagram on Wednesday, admitting that he was at a loss for words. "I hate when I have so much to say, but I can’t put any of it into words," he said.
The management of all the schools attended by the late teenagers provided psychologists on campus to help students
The Portland Trail Blazers forward posted a heartbreaking photo of he and Kobe sharing a hug after one of the many times they played against each other in the NBA. Carmelo, at the time, was with the Denver Nuggets.
Recalling their last conversation which seems to have happened shortly before Kobe’s death, Carmelo wrote:
"YOU just called me and told me you were coming to the game Friday and that you were proud of me and 'regardless of anything, stay true to myself and STAYME7O.' We were just laughing about how hard YOU was working GiGi and her teammates and I told YOU they need a day off."
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Damn Bro!! 😥 I hate when I have so much to say, but I can’t put any of it into words. The times I have the most to say are the times that I can’t talk. I’m screaming inside but I can’t be heard. YOU don’t know how hard it is to try to pretend to smile when I have these clouds of emotions. YOU just called me and told me you were coming to the game Friday and that you were proud of me and “regardless of anything, stay true to myself and STAYME7O” We were just laughing about how hard YOU was working GiGi and her teammates and I told YOU they need a day off 😂😢 This pain is almost unbearable Champ! Why you bro? Why GiGi? Why leave Vanessa with this Sadness and Pain. WHY? This will never make sense to me. I know I’m not suppose to question GODs Will. I know GOD doesn’t make mistakes. It just seems like It always rains the hardest on those who deserve the sun. There are moments in life when there’s simply NO words to describe the pain within. This is one of them. YOU will continue to be Loved. YOU will be missed. YOU will forever be remembered. YOUR legacy will live on FOREVER. OUR FRIENDSHIP will never be forgotten. I know YOU will be near, Even if I don’t see YOU. PEACE KING!!! “There Are No Goodbyes. Where Ever You’ll be, You’ll be in Our Hearts” All Praise Due #STAYME7O
Since his 2016 retirement, Kobe had been putting in work with Gigi's AAU basketball team, which he coached at his Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks. The 13-year-old was a rising basketball star who many predicted would continue her father’s legacy.
Unfortunately, that would never be a reality after father and daughter, alongside seven other people, died in a helicopter crash on Sunday in Calabasas, California. Ironically, the group had been headed to Kobe’s academy for a game.
Carmelo went on to question why Kobe, at 41, had to die with his daughter, concluding that the tragedy would never make sense. "There are moments in life when there’s simply NO words to describe the pain within. This is one of them," he wrote.
Carmelo, 35, concluded his tribute by promising that Kobe’s legacy would never die and that the friendship they shared will never be forgotten. "I know YOU will be near, Even if I don’t see YOU," he finished.
Kobe and Gigi’s sparked a wave of mourning that went beyond the sports universe. The circumstances of the tragedy are even more devastating as two more 13-year-olds died with their parents in the crash. A female basketball coach and the pilot were the others.
According to the Daily Pilot, the management of all the schools attended by the late teenagers provided psychologists on campus to help students deal with the tragic loss of their friends.
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My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to MambaOnThree.org. To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org. Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ❤️
Kobe leaves behind a wife, Vanessa Bryant, and three daughters, Natalia, 17, Gianna, three, and seven-month-old Capri. Vanessa is said to be completely shocked and feeling numb towards everything at the moment.
The newly-widowed mom has, however, released her first public statement since the incident. She confirmed their family was "completely devastated" and called Kobe and Gigi "beautiful blessings taken from us too soon."