Tributes to the legendary Kobe Bryant have been pouring in from people all over the world. Here are just a few from some of those closest to him on the court and in life:

Kobe’s former teammate Shaquille O’Neal shared his thoughts on Bryant’s passing:

Shaq added in another post: “Kobe was so much more than an athlete, he was a family man. That was what we had most in common. I would hug his children like they were my own and he would embrace my kids like they were his. His baby girl Gigi was born on the same day as my youngest daughter Me’Arah.”

Michael Jordan wrote:

LeBron James says he promises to continue Kobe’s legacy:

 

Lamar Odom saying he would rather it have been him than Kobe:

Dwayne Wade‘s immediate reaction just moments after the news broke:

Tracy McGrady says Kobe used to say he wants to die young:

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