When Kawhi Leonard returned to the Los Angeles area to play for the Clippers, he called his friend and mentor Kobe Bryant for advice.

Still in disbelief and trying to process Bryant’s death, Leonard recalled Wednesday how he talked to Bryant about everything from basketball to where to live to commuting in Los Angeles.

Bryant lived in Newport Beach and talked to Leonard about using a helicopter.

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Leonard, who has a residence near Staples Center but stays at his home in San Diego when he can, said he not only adopted that mode of transportation but also shared Kobe’s pilot, Ara Zobayan.

Leonard hasn’t been able to think about whether the helicopter accident Sunday that killed Bryant, his daughter Gianna, Zobayan and six others has given him pause about continuing to use that mode of transportation.

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