Kobe Bryant

Brian Scalabrine, Mike Gorman React to Death of Kobe Bryant

The devastating news of Kobe Bryant's death shocked the NBA world on Sunday.

Despite Bryant's tragic passing, games were played as scheduled and players around the league took the court with heavy hearts.

Before Sunday night's Boston Celtics-New Orleans Pelicans matchup, Brian Scalabrine and Mike Gorman took a moment to reflect on Bryant's death and the tremendous impact he had on the sport.

LIVE stream the Celtics all season and get the latest news and analysis on all of your teams from NBC Sports Boston by downloading the My Teams App.

Scal touched on how much of an effect Bryant's unmatched competitiveness had on his Los Angeles Lakers teammates.

"Today would be the day that I remember what he was about," Scalabrine said. "One of the biggest competitors that I have ever seen. And I go back to 2010. All the pain that he went though in 2008, that's the reason why they beat us in 2010."

Sports

News, videos, and rumors on the Boston Celtics, New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, and Boston Bruins, powered by NBC Sports Boston.

Shanahan reveals Belichick turned down 49ers' enticing coaching offer

How Jacoby Brissett can create ‘stability' as Pats starting QB

"Kobe, his anger, his drive, it touched everyone on that team. They were a different team in 2010 and that was because of his drive."

Gorman mentioned a moment before Bryant's final game vs. the Celtics at TD Garden when the Lakers icon embraced his role as the villain in Boston.

"In his last game at the Garden, he's going through the layup line and he saw me and came over and gave me a hug," said Gorman. "And I said in his ear,  'you were a great villain.' He said, 'I like that.'"

Watch below:

Teams around the NBA, including the Celtics and Pelicans, paid tribute to Bryant and his No. 24 by letting the shot clock run out on their first possessions. New Orleans also held a 24-second moment of silence before Sunday night's game.

Bryant was 41 years old.

Blakely: Respect for Kobe outweighed rivalry

Copyright NBC Sports - Boston
Contact Us