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Has anyone asked Muss about Kobe? I would think that he would have some interesting stories, being a California kid and ex NBA head coach.

Arkansas released these statements yesterday:

Statement from Eric Musselman, University of Arkansas Head Men’s Basketball Coach, on the passing of Kobe Bryant.

“Kobe had as much impact on the game of basketball as any player in the history of the NBA. He is one of the all-time great competitors. This is one of the saddest days for the basketball world I can ever remember. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kobe’s wife, his daughters and his family.”

Statement from Clay Moser, University of Arkansas Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach, on the passing of Kobe Bryant. Moser held several positions with the Los Angeles Lakers organization from 2011-19.

“Kobe’s basketball career and ongoing cultural influence go without saying. I always judged him as to how he treated my family. He was always gracious and kind to them. My five years with him was the best and most educational time of my life. Thank you and RIP ‘Two-Four’.”

Thanks, Matt.

Both of Musselman’s sons posted neat Kobe-related pictures yesterday.

A life cut way too short. RIP a to a true legend. pic.twitter.com/jQwaunbusp

— Michael Musselman (@michaelmuss_13) January 26, 2020

Honored to have met one of the hardest working, most talented people ever. RIP Kobe & Gigi Bryant 💜💛 pic.twitter.com/GXKqeK1vVW

— matthewmuss (@Matthewmuss_13) January 27, 2020

Thanks, Scottie. It’s still hard to process this loss.

I know. I didn’t fall asleep until around 2 a.m. today. Mind wouldn’t turn off. I think I watched every Kobe tribute on my Twitter feed, then found the LA Times stories on the helicopter and one of his former pilots. I’m by no means a huge Kobe fan, but respected his game.

I remember watching his final game when I lived in Fort Smith right out of college. I was in sort of a dark place personally, but that 60-point game was incredible and provided a bit of an escape at the time.

I cried all day yesterday. I named one of my dogs Kobe.

I’m told Arkansas will honor Kobe on Wednesday with tops (pre-game shooting shirts I would imagine) bearing his No. 8 and 24.

Just another reason to appreciate the gift Eric Musselman has been, not just to Hog fans, but to ALL basketball fans. Pure class.

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