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Wisconsin sports figures react to news of Kobe Bryant's death following helicopter crash

JR Radcliffe
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin sports figures reacted with shock at news Sunday that NBA icon Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash that took the lives of all five on board, including Bryant's oldest daughter.

Kobe Bryant of the Lakers waves to the crowd at the at BMO Harris Bradley Center after the game against the Bucks on Monday.

A look at some of the reaction on social media and beyond, starting with the Milwaukee Bucks and a Twitter exchange between Bryant and Giannis Antetokounmpo in which Bryant issued a challenge to Giannis to win the MVP award. That challenge was upped to winning a championship after Giannis did win league MVP in 2019.

Several current and former members of the Green Bay Packers also chimed in, as well as other athletes with Wisconsin connections.