Carmelo Anthony recalls final phone call with Kobe Bryant


Posted at Jan 29 2020 04:49 PM


Ten-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony mourned the death of of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant as he joined fans in paying tribute to the late NBA star.

Anthony, who now plays for the Portland Trailblazers, remembered the last time they talked over the phone.

"YOU just called me and told me you were coming to the game Friday and that you were proud of me and regardless of anything, stay true to myself and STAYME7O,” said Anthony through his social media account.

He was also shocked over the death of Bryant's daughter, Gianna, who was with her father when the helicopter they were boarding crashed on Sunday.

"This pain is almost unbearable Champ! Why you bro? Why GiGi? Why leave Vanessa (Bryant's wife) with this sadness and pain. WHY? This will never make sense to me," said Anthony.

In parting, Anthony said he treasures their friendship and that Bryant's legacy will live on forever.

“There Are No Goodbyes. Where Ever You’ll be, You’ll be in Our Hearts,” he said, unedited. 

Bryant, one of basketball’s greatest players, and his daughter were among the passengers who died Sunday in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. 

He was 41.

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