Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal posted a heartbreaking tribute for his friend and former teammate Kobe Bryant following the news of his death on Sunday.
The former Los Angeles Laker said he was “sick.”
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Bryant, the retired NBA superstar, was among nine killed in a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles on Sunday. He was 41.
CNN and NBC also reported Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, was among the victims.
“Kobe was so much more than an athlete, he was a family man,” O’Neal said.
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The retired NBA player added Bryant’s daughter Gianna, or “Gigi,” was born on the same day has his younger daughter Me’Arah.
O’Neal, 47, and Bryant played for the Lakers between 1996 and 2004, becoming one of the most iconic duos in basketball.
The two went on to win three back-to-back championships together between 2000 to 2002, the Bleacher Report noted.