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Kobe said China was like his "second home"

As news of Kobe Bryant's helicopter crash on January 26th spread, fans across China paid tribute to the basketball legend who said China was like his "second home." 

January 30, 2020
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As news about Kobe Bryant's helicopter crash on January 26th spread, fans across China paid tribute to the basketball legend who said China was like his "second home." Former Lakers teammate Sun Yue remembered him on Weibo, "You haven’t left, you have influenced a generation with your Mamba spirit, and we will go strong with your spirit! You, always RIP in my heart." South China Morning Post

More about the NBA in China:
  • Despite China’s great love for basketball, it is the American import players that consistently come out on top. US-China Today
  • China's fight with the NBA over tweets about protests in Hong Kong explained. Vox
  • The documentary series “Kobe Disciples” follows young Chinese basketball players as they are mentored by Kobe Bryant.
  • Back in 2009, we looked at the NBA's increasing popularity in China.
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