The Miami Heat guard - who played for the Los Angeles Lakers last season - joined the Posted Up podcast with Chris Haynes to discuss his top memory of the NBA legend. Hear the full conversation on the Posted Up with Chris Haynes podcast. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you listen.
CHRIS HAYNES: Can you take me back to when you first heard-- what you were doing, what you were thinking, where you were at when you first heard the news?
AVERY BRADLEY: I think you're right. We just played Philly. We go on the plane. Obviously that's a long trip, from Philly to Los Angeles. You know, it was Dwight. Dwight woke everybody up on the plane-- everyone was asleep-- and broke the news.
And obviously in the air you're trying to log on to Wi-Fi, trying to-- everybody's trying to check their phone and figure everything out. And I just remember everybody just instantly started crying. You know, we have some staff members that were extremely close to him. It was just-- it was all bad, to be honest, man. It was just sad times, man.
And then you don't-- no one really has the details, so all you're doing is praying and thinking about situations. We're all on a plane. Like, there's a lot that was going through, you know, our minds. But I think the first thing everyone was just trying to figure out, like, what is going on?
My entire team ended up being up. They didn't talk the rest of the flight once Dwight gave us the news.
CHRIS HAYNES: Do you have a memory of Kobe Bryant that you-- whether it was an interaction you had with him or something that happened on the court, is there anything that stands out?
AVERY BRADLEY: I have so many memories, man. I don't know. I don't know. I know I do remember when he had 81. I think I was in high school. That was just amazing. I've never seen anything like that. I remember that was, like, the talk of me and all my homeboys growing up. Man, Kobe just had 81. Like, 81 is crazy. [CHUCKLING]
Like, at that time a few of us had 50-point games in high school, but 81? In an NBA game? It was just amazing. But there's so many great memories of Kobe, man. He's just special, man. And just said my love and prayers and condolences to his family because I know-- I know that's tough, man.
And, like you said, even basing it off of my own personal, you know, losses in my life, like, that's something that you just never get over, man. No matter what, when you lose someone close to you like that, it-- I just really send-- I don't know his wife, but just send her love and light, man, and good energy. Because I know every single day is hard for her.