When Los Angeles Lakers general manager, Rob Pelinka, takes the mic at the Staples Center, he has a sad duty to perform. Indeed, he must say farewell to much-loved hoops legend Kobe Bryant, who devastatingly passed away some weeks earlier. But as he does so, he shares the final text Bryant ever sent. And what it reveals stuns the grieving listeners.
As you may already be aware, Bryant was a passenger on a Sikorsky S-76B helicopter that crashed in the hills of Calabasas, California. The late basketball player wasn’t alone, either. With him, you see, was his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. The pair were taking a short trip across Los Angeles to a basketball tournament in Thousand Oaks, CA. Seven other people also lost their lives on that trip.