Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, Kobe Bryant

Remembering Kobe

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez honor their friend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna

The couple also offered their condolences to Vanessa and her family

While music’s biggest night is well underway at the Staples Center, where Kobe Bryant famously played for the Los Angeles Lakers, the tributes continue to come in honoring the basketball legend and his daughter Gianna after their tragic passing earlier on Sunday. Jennifer Lopez, who is currently in Miami preparing for the Super Bowl, and Alex Rodriguez both took to their respective pages to share some memories and photos with their friend. “Family. As I scrolled through Kobe’s feed, and Alex and I talk memories and moments we remember about him ... this is the truth that rings out the loudest ... family is what matters most,” JLo posted. “We are all feeling sadness from this loss, but all I can think of is that it is a grain of sand compared to what Vanessa must going through right now.”

Kobe and Vanessa supported Jennifer at her restaurant opening in 2002©GettyImages
Kobe and Vanessa supported Jennifer at her restaurant opening in 2002

The 50-year-old superstar and the Bryants’ friendship goes back over two decades. “I am sending all of my love and praying for you, your children and the other families involved in today’s tragic turn of events,” she continued. “The most unfair thing in life is to lose a child and husband on the same day. Vanessa, I pray for your strength and that God guides you each step of the way through this unimaginable heartbreak. To the other families who are suffering from this unthinkable tragedy, may God be with you all.”

Jennifer’s fiancé Alex also shared in her sentiment and wrote his own message about how he and Kobe became friendly. “We met as teenagers. We followed similar paths. We went from high school to the pros and our baby girls grew up together,” the former NY Yankee wrote in part. “People don't know this, but he was my secret coach. He pushed me and motivated me, especially toward the end of my career when I needed him most. He was always there. Even after our playing days, he was there for me. He attended @Jlo's last show in Vegas. He appeared on TheCorp podcast.”

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My heart hurts so much right now. I still can't wrap my head around this. How can it be? . I learned so much from Kobe Bryant. He was naturally gifted, but had a passion for basketball like no one else I've ever seen. His work ethic was impeccable and his stress on mastering the fundamentals is what elevated him to the player he was. I've never met anyone more focused with a myopic approach. He didn't pursue approval, affirmation or adulation. He pursued excellence and process. He followed my career and would often call to help with my health, daily routine ... and would even chime in about hitting techniques. He was a role model to me, and millions around the world. . We met as teenagers. We followed similar paths. We went from high school to the pros and our baby girls grew up together. People don't know this, but he was my secret coach. He pushed me and motivated me, especially toward the end of my career when I needed him most. He was always there. Even after our playing days, he was there for me. He attended @Jlo's last show in Vegas. He appeared on TheCorp podcast. . I last saw him a few months ago. I will remember what he told me about how much he loved Vanessa and his girls, and that he continued to say no to 99 percent of offers, choosing instead to spend as much time with his family as possible. . I will remember his greatness. I will remember his guidance. I will remember his friendship. I will remember that he made me a better person. . His 13-year-old daughter Gianna was following in her Dad’s footsteps. She was kind, smart, caring and going to be a star. . Rest in peace, Kobe. Rest in peace, GiGi. My heart and prayers go out to the Bryant family and the passengers’ families.

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Alex then went on to say, “I last saw him a few months ago. I will remember what he told me about how much he loved Vanessa and his girls, and that he continued to say no to 99 percent of offers, choosing instead to spend as much time with his family as possible… His 13-year-old daughter Gianna was following in her Dad’s footsteps. She was kind, smart, caring and going to be a star.”