BOSTON (CBS) – Celtics players current and past were among those in the NBA world reacting in shock to news that Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant died Sunday in a helicopter crash in California.

READ: Kobe Bryant Killed In Helicopter Crash

Bryant, 41, was one of nine people on board a helicopter that crashed in Calabasas. No one survived the crash.

Former Celtics forward Paul Pierce, who went head-to-head against Bryant in two NBA Finals, was among those who took to social media in shock.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and current Celtics players also took to Twitter as the news broke.

Tatum later posted an emotional tribute on Instagram as well, calling Bryant his hero and idol.

“The reason I started to play this game, the reason I fell in love with this game. Growing up wanting to be just like you, to you becoming a mentor, beyond thankful for everything you’ve done for me,” Tatum wrote.

Bryant is the fourth-leading scorer in NBA history. LeBron James passed Bryant for third place Saturday night, and Bryant tweeted following the feat.

“Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames. Much respect my brother,” Bryant said.

Many well-known names spoke to the impact Byrant had on the game. Doc Rivers was brought to tears while speaking before a game.

Note: The number of crash victims was initially reported incorrectly.

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  1. mandyfard says:

    Kobe personified “Excellence”. It makes me so sad, so disoriented… May he rest in peace, may he be in the arms of God and may his family be strong. Condolences to his wife and beautiful girls. Condolences to our entire nation.. Condolences…

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