One of the legends of the cinema industry, Jack Nicholson spoke in a rare interview with CBSLA’s Jim Hill, paying tribute to late basketball icon Kobe Bryant after the shocking death.
On January 26, the iconic guard of Los Angeles Lakers, 5 times NBA championship, 2 times Olympic medalist, Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, died in a helicopter crash while going to the basketball training at Mamba Sports Academy.
The Oscar-winner actor Nicholson that his reaction to Kobe’s death was like all Los Angeles people, and he devastated after the sad news.
Here’s what Jack Nicholson stated:
“My reaction is the same as almost all of LA. Where we think everything’s solid, there’s a big hole in the wall. I was used to seeing and talking to Kobe that… it kills you. It’s just a terrible event.”
As we all know, Jack Nicholson and Kobe Bryant were very close friends, and the veteran actor would come to almost all Lakers games and watched Kobe at Staples Center. He continued:
“I teased him the first time we met. It was at the Garden in New York and I offered him a basketball and asked him if he wanted me to autograph it for him. He looked at me like I was crazy.”
He also added:
“He got all the jokes, that’s for sure. I sat right behind his jump shot on the left-hand side. I can see him going up and I can tell the first instant if it’s going in. We’ll think of him all the time and we’ll miss him.”
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