Lakers superfan Jack Nicholson said he was heartbroken over the loss of friend Kobe Bryant, who tragically died in a helicopter crash along with his daughter Gianna, in Los Angeles.
“My reaction is the same as almost all of LA,” the 82-year-old actor told CBS Los Angeles.
“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.“
The Oscar winner recalled meeting Bryant at Madison Square Garden in New York.
“I teased him the first time we met. I offered him a basketball and asked him if he wanted me to autograph it for him,” the actor joked.
“He looked at me like I was crazy.”
Nicholson was often seen cheering on Bryant from his courtside seats at the Staples Center.
“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,” he said.
“We’ll think of him all the time and we’ll miss him. He was just one of those touched people.”