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Former Lakers star Jerry West reflects on loss of Kobe Bryant, Elgin Baylor in past two years

  • January 26, 2022

died in March 2021 at age 86, and Kobe Bryant was 41 when he died two years ago Wednesday in a helicopter crash that killed nine people, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.

In an interview with the New York Times, West, 83, now a consultant with the Los Angeles Clippers, reflected on the grief caused by those deaths.

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Kobe “was just one of those unique players that comes along,” West said. “He had a big personality. He was very bright. He was going to be a bigger success off the court than on the court. He was taken away too young.”

West and Baylor were teammates on the Lakers for 12 seasons from 1960 to 1972, and West called Baylor’s death “unbelievably hurtful.”

“I just was like a baby, I guess. Couldn’t believe it,” West told the Times. “As much as I appreciated him, I didn’t realize the depth of it until the first day. I really did not.

“It was like – I lost my best friend. I lost someone who meant more to me than just a basketball player. For three days I might be doing something – I might be hitting golf balls or chipping golf balls or putting golf balls – and honestly, I would just have to stop.”

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