The Barça basketball joined the dueling day because of the death of Kobe Bryant and kept a respectful minute of silence before the morning training in the center of the Palau Blaugrana. Some players added details to the tribute as Pierre Oriola, which was fitted with model shoes Kobe Bryant. The majority of Barcelona players were visibly affected by the loss of an icon that everyone considered an idol and some as Nikola Mirotic They had no strength to assess their loss.
“It is hard to believe it. It seems incredible that something like this could happen to a person who has meant so much and has been so special. At first I did not believe it, I was looking for if it was denied, but then I was seeing reactions from around the world and every time it was hurting a little more, “explained the Valencian forward Victor Claver, one of the players that had coincided with Kobe on a basketball court, both in his NBA stage and with the national team, in clashes between Spain and the United States At the olympic games.
Inspiration for a generation
“Kobe He was a special player. I agreed with him on the track, but more than a rival I saw him as an idol, someone with whom our generation has grown, since we have seen him much more than Michael Jordan“he explained Claver, which revealed an anecdote that demonstrates the proximity of the legend of the Lakers with everybody. “I keep a gesture before a game we play here before the London Games. At the hotel, he thought I didn’t know who he was, so he came to greet me and shake my hand to wish me luck, “he said.
The American pivot Brandon Davies He also admitted that it was a personal reference for him and for many of the generation players. “I had pictures of Kobe in my room. It is hard to think that a person who inspired a generation is gone. I learned a lot from him while growing up, even watching his family grow, it was an inspiration to everyone, “said the Barcelona player.” I never met him, but when I heard the news I felt that I had lost a relative. Even now it seems surreal to me. He was a great person, a great father and a role model. “