Kevin Durant 'hurting' On Thinking Anything About Mentor Kobe Bryant

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Kobe Bryant death: Kevin Durant opened up about NBA legend Kobe Bryant's death after the Brooklyn Nets practise on Tuesday night (Wednesday morning IST).

Written By Devika Pawar | Mumbai | Updated On:
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NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others lost their lives during a helicopter crash on Sunday. The world poured in their love for the lives lost, devastated by the sudden tragedy. Many NBA players like LeBron James, Shaquille O'Neal, Luka Doncic and Michael Jordan paid their tributes to Bryant. 

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Kobe Bryant death: Kevin Durant reveals that it hurts to even think about Kobe Bryant

Kevin Durant opened up about Kobe Bryant's death after the Brooklyn Nets practice session on Tuesday (Wednesday IST). Durant revealed that it is difficult to talk about Bryant. Kevin Durant, who grew up watching Kobe Bryant play basketball, shared a lot of childhood stories. 

Kevin Durant considers himself lucky that he learnt from Bryant directly. According to Durant, Bryant's lessons were short but effective. He taught Kevin Durant to focus on his goals, a lesson that Durant followed. Kevin Durant also learnt about overcoming the Achilles heel injury from Bryant, something that Bryant also suffered from in 2013. Following Bryant's advice, the Nets player won two Finals MVPs, one NBA MVP and two NBA titles with the Golden State Warriors. 

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Durant also played against the Lakers in 2010 during the playoffs. He added that when Bryant was on the opposition, a young player he advised also became an enemy during the game. Durant also pointed out that even if one was not close to Bryant, his whole life could be used as an inspiration. Kevin Durant thinks that from Bryant's rapping to crying on TV, the world has seen everything and he is glad that he saw him play during his peak. 

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Kobe Bryant death: Kobe Bryant Lakers stats

Kobe Bryant played with the Lakers for two decades, starting as an 18-year-old rookie in 1996. Bryant retired in 2016 third on the all-time NBA scoring list. He had five NBA championships to his name, winning NBA MVP in 2008. Bryant had a career average of 25 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. Kobe Bryant even paired up with LeBron James for the Olympics, winning the country two gold medals in 2008 and 2012 respectively. 

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