The crew of Inside the NBA opened up about the death of Kobe Bryant in an interview with Today Show‘s Craig Melvin published on Friday.
Hosted by Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith, Inside the NBA has become one of the most popular shows on television, largely thanks to the humor and chemistry between the foursome.
But things took a serious turn last month when Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others died in the Jan. 26 helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.
“It was very hard,” O’Neal, 47, told Today‘s Melvin of hearing about Bryant’s death. “I’ve never seen anything like this before. I was at the house the day it happened, and my son brought me the thing, and you know how the internet is.”
“ ‘Stop playing with me. Get out of my face with that right now. Just stop.’ And then I got the calls,” he added.
O’Neal won three championships alongside Bryant while playing for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Though the Los Angeles Lakers postponed their game the Tuesday after the tragedy, Inside the NBA filmed an episode from Staples Center that night.
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