(CBS DETROIT) – Kobe’s impact was felt all the way in Detroit, where the Pistons are commenting on the tragedy.

A statement from the team says, “Detroit piston’s fans will remember him for the memorable moments he delivered each year at the palace throughout his 20-year NBA career as well as his lasting impact on the game of basketball both on and off the court.”

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Jamie and Stoney from 97.1 the Ticket said, “During that season in 2007, there was a rumor, and it was more than a rumor that Kobe vetoed that trade. It was supposed to be Rip Hamilton, Teshawn Prince, Ymir Johnson and a number one draft choice to the laker’s for Kobe Bryant, and man that would have been very interesting. You know Kobe traded for a whip. Somebody made this point yesterday, basketball players just don’t die young. I mean you think about Bill Russell is there every June to hand out the MVP award. Will Chamberlain passed away a few years ago. Still, the legends seem to live forever in the NBA and Kobe was such a visible former player too you know he didn’t go off and was a recluse, he didn’t sit up in the luxury suites, he sat down on the floor with his daughters, and there was this feeling that there was this second act coming. I think people were very curious to see what the second act was.”

Kobe Bryant, also known as number 8 or 24, played with the lakers from 19-96 to 20-16.

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The five-time NBA champion was just 41-years-old.

He is survived by his wife Vanessa and three daughters, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri.

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