Miles: Kobe's Death Brought NBA Community Closer Together

Former NBA player Darius Miles reflected on the life and death of Kobe Bryant

The DA Show
February 21, 2020 - 9:33 am
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It’s been almost one month since Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, and for Darius Miles, it still doesn’t seem real.

“It’s sad. It’s just sad,” Miles said on The DA Show. “You don’t picture life without Kobe. You can’t believe life is still going on without him here. I think one thing that it probably did, I think it brings us closer. It brings us closer to each other. We see NBA players, and we see them and we give them a hug and just have a good conversation with them. I think his death brought a lot of NBA players, even players that don’t even really know each other, even closer.”

Miles, the No. 3 overall pick in 2000, spent the first couple of seasons of his career in Los Angeles with the Clippers. He came of NBA age watching Bryant win titles with the Lakers.

Part of Bryant’s legacy will be bringing players closer together.

“It really put a lot of stuff in perspective,” Miles said. “Sometimes you don’t tell your brother or your old teammate . . . that you [love them] and [you’re] just checking on them. But I think [Kobe’s death] brought [that] out. Life is short. You never know what’s going to happen. When you get a chance to see your NBA players, give them a hug, ask him how his family is doing. It wont take two seconds to do that.”

Miles also discussed his work with Panini. Click below to listen to his interview in its entirety.