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Tuesday’s Arizin: Villanovans, basketball world mourn Kobe’s passing (Jan. 28)

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Still doesn’t feel real. Reactions and emotions are pouring in from Villanovans, past and present, as well as from millions of others from around the world.

That’s just a sampling from many other tribute posts from Wildcats.

Tuesday’s links features a local Philadelphia flavor on the recent events, as well as other links to Villanova-related content:

Remembering Kobe

Villanova’s Jay Wright recalls first time he saw Kobe Bryant in AAU basketball: ‘This is something special’
Wright called Bryant "the consummate Philadelphia basketball player" and talked about underestimating how hard his players took the death of the former Los Angeles Lakers superstar.

Kobe Bryant in three stories, as told by a former Lakers teammate
Celestand, a former Piscataway H.S. and Villanova standout, on the life and legacy of an all-time NBA great.

With Kobe Bryant, Philly had legendary love-hate relationship - The Morning Call
When he was just 16 Kobe Bryant was cocky and fearless, and he never changed. Those two traits that served him well during his legendary NBA career.

The moments that made Kobe Bryant Philly-famous
Kobe Bryant's first mention in The Inquirer came at age 14, and it came with a prescient declaration: "Remember this name: Kobe Bryant."

Kobe Bryant left deep legacy in LA sports, basketball world
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant inspired a generation of basketball players worldwide with sublime skills and an unquenchable competitive fire. He earned Los Angeles’ eternal adoration during...

Mourners gather at Lower Merion High School to pay respects to Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant was mourned at Lower Merion High School, his alma mater, and a shrine in front of the gymnasium that bears his name grew so large it had to be moved to an adjacent rectangle of pavement so it wouldn't block the doors.

Lower Merion athletes, coach remember Kobe Bryant as ‘larger than life’
“It may seem odd for a grown man to admit it, but yesterday I lost my hero,” coach Gregg Downer said.

Villanova Wildcats

Big East Conference - Butler’s Baldwin, Villanova’s Robinson-Earl Earn #BIGEASTmbb Weekly Honors
Robinson-Earl gets another weekly nod.

What the last 12 college basketball national champions have in common | NCAA.com
Here are what the last 12 college basketball national champions have had in common.