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Armani Milano head coach Ettore Messina paid tribute to the late Los Angeles Lakers and NBA Legend, Kobe Bryant.

“You don’t coach Kobe Bryant. You stay in the gym with Kobe Bryant. Which is different. There are a lot of stories and everybody has talked a lot these days. There is nothing special that I can add.

Just the respect that everybody has for him and the sense of having lost something very important in your life I think is common to all basketball fans right now,” Messina told Eurosport Italy regarding the legendary superstar.

Messina worked for the Lakers as a consultant during the 2011/12 season.

Bryant and his daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday.