Details have emerged from the Lakers’ flight back to LA on January 26th, when they learned Kobe Bryant died, prompting LeBron James to lead a group prayer.
Players initially were in disbelief, but after logging onto the plane’s wi-fi network and getting confirmation from coach Frank Vogel, they broke down in tears.
Dwight Howard, a former teammate of Bryant’s, began weeping in the bathroom.
Anthony Davis described a sense of panic to get on the ground: ‘We just want to get off the plane. And be with your families and, you know, just get back home’
James had overtaken Bryant for third in the NBA’s all-time scoring list the night before, and had even received a congratulatory phone call from his former rival.
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