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.”READ MORE: Thousands Attend Procession Carrying Remains Of 20-Year-Old Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, Killed In Kabul, To Riverside Mortuary
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.READ MORE: Robert Durst, New York Real Estate Scion, Convicted Of 1st Degree Murder In Death Of Longtime Friend Susan Berman
“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.MORE NEWS: Stars Show Out To Celebrate Emmy Nominations Ahead Of Big Show