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Rob Pelinka calls loss of Kobe and Gianna Bryant ‘an amputation of part of my soul’ in first comments since their deaths

Kobe Bryant wasn’t just a former client of Lakers executive Rob Pelinka. As Pelinka described him in his first statement since Bryant and his daughter, Gianna — who was also Pelinka’s goddaughter — died in a helicopter crash on Sunday, Kobe was “his best friend.”

His extended thoughts on their loss alternate between beautiful, tragic and hopeful, and are worth reading in their entirety:

On Sunday, I lost my best friend and my sweet goddaughter. With that, there has been an amputation of part of my soul.

Kobe was a force of nature, deep and obsessed with excellence.