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BSJ Daily Briefing 01.27.20: RIP Kobe Bryant, Celtics drop one, Senior Bowl

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Good afternoon!

A few random thoughts while I wonder about the fragility of life...

  • Kobe died. At 41. With eight others, including his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.
  • This hit home for a lot of Celtics, and will be particularly devastating for Jayson Tatum, who has spent a lot of time with Bryant in recent years.
  • Don't think I ever covered a Kobe game, but obviously he was a prodigious talent but for many years his legacy was very complicated.
  • The way I remember it ... here was this kid of a former player, who grew up in Italy, who was so brash he thought he could turn pro as a guard straight out of high school ... and then he was great, coming off the bench at first.
  • May have ... no, he was ... the most naturally gifted athletes I've seen in any sport. Strength, finesse, explosiveness, fluidity and touch ... he had it all, often at the same time.
  • Ushered in the Hero Ball era and there were a lot of questions about whether he could play well enough with others to win a title ... and then didn't win one until Shaq joined him. ... There was that messy breakup, and the Colorado allegations. ... He then won two titles without Shaq.
  • And then towards the end and in his post-playing career, he seemed so mature, so giving and decided to make an impact on the young. So, yes, losing Bryant is a tragedy in that sense — he had still much to give — but a lot of people pass who meant a lot to many people. It's an unfortunate part of life.
  • I just can't imagine the pain Vanessa Bryant and the rest of the family are feeling. Things can change so fast.

Time to hit the links...

PATRIOTS

NFL Notebook: Picking a Senior Bowl team for the Patriots with plenty of TEs; The skinny on new assistant Jedd Fisch
Completed Q&A: Bedard on Patriots, NFL 01.25.20
Grading the 2019 Patriots II: Two seasons after having an elite passing offense, Patriots flirt with being below average

CELTICS

Kobe Bryant’s lasting impact on these Celtics runs deep in wake of tragedy
BSJ Game Report: Pelicans 123, Celtics 108 – Kemba (35 points) can’t dig Celtics out of early hole
Celtics react to tragic death of Kobe Bryant
NBA Notebook: 10 telling stats about Celtics at midseason checkpoint

BRUINS

NHL Notebook: Which team makes most sense in potential David Backes trade; sizing up PWHA midseason awards

RED SOX

MLB Notebook: For Red Sox, signs point to an external search for new manager
Live Q & A: Chat Red Sox and MLB with Sean McAdam, Monday at 5 p.m.

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ON TAP

5 p.m.: BSJ Live Q&A — Sean McAdam on Red Sox/MLB
8 p.m.: NHL — Tampa Bay at Dallas (NBCSN)
9 p.m.: NBA — Houston at Utah (NBATV)

Daily national college basketball TV schedule

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PARTING THOUGHT(S)

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