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: San Bernardino County Cracking Down On Sale, Use Of Illegal Fireworks With New Reporting Tool
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: NBC Will Not Air 2022 Golden Globes Amid Hollywood Foreign Press Association Controversy
“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: Game On: LAUSD Says Venice High Baseball Team Can Play On Renovated Field