LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Oscar-winner and longtime Lakers fan Jack Nicholson is mourning the loss of his late friend Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash Sunday. A heartbroken Nicholson spoke exclusively to CBSLA’s Jim Hill about Bryant hours after the accident.

“My reaction is the same as almost all of LA.,” Nicholson said. “Where we think everything’s solid, there’s a big hole in the wall. I was used to seeing and talking to Kobe that… it kills you. It’s just a terrible event.”

Actor Jack Nicholson watches from his courtside seat as Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots under pressure from Luc Richard Mbah a Moute of the Los Angeles Clippers during their NBA game on April 6, 2016 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers defeated the Lakers 91-81. / AFP / FREDERIC J. BROWN (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

Nicholson recalled the first time he met Bryant: “I teased him the first time we met. It was at the Garden in New York and I offered him a basketball and asked him if he wanted me to autograph it for him. He looked at me like I was crazy.”

And there were the countless special moments he witnessed from his famed court side seat.

“I sat right behind his jump shot on the left hand side. I can see him going up and I can tell the first instant if it’s going in. ”

“I remember the totality of how great a player he was… We’ll think of him all the time and we’ll miss him,” he said sadly.

 

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