‘Basketball lost a great hero’, says ex-PBA chairman on Kobe’s death
MANILA, Philippines — With basketball legend Kobe Bryant’s passing, the sport not only lost a sportsman—it also lost a great hero and a gentleman.
1-PACMAN Party-list Representative Michael “Mikee” Romero, who previously served as chairman of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), said this Monday after the untimely demise of Bryant following a helicopter crash incident.
“Kobe has visited the Philippines. He is adored by millions of Filipinos, including the Batang Pier players and coaching staff, and the Filipino-American community in Los Angeles and all over the United States,” Romero said in a statement.
Aside from Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and several others also perished in the helicopter crash in Calabasas, Los Angeles.
The 41-year-old Bryant was a five-time NBA champion in a career that began in 1996 and lasted until his retirement in 2016.
“After his retirement from basketball, he devoted much of his time to various charitable causes, including players’ and coaches’ welfare,” Romero said.
Bryant’s Filipino fans were shocked by the basketball legend’s death.
In Valenzuela City, Rep. Eric Martinez told INQUIRER.net that fans of Bryant have left flowers and lit candles in the “House of Kobe”, a basketball court in Barangay Karuhatan themed after the basketball star.
Some fans have also left messages for the basketball legend on the walls of the court.
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