Shareef O’Neal received a message from Kobe Bryant less than two hours before the Lakers icon died in a helicopter crash. Shaquille O’Neal’s son shared the final messages with his Instagram fans on Tuesday (January 28).
Kobe messaged Shareef at 8:19 AM on Sunday (January 26) to ask if the young athlete was doing well. “You good, fam,” Kobe asked Shareef. It was not until 10:58 AM that Shareef responded with his message.
“Yeah,” the young adult said. “[I’ve] just been getting this work in [and] trying to figure out my next move. How [have] you been,” Shareef asked Kobe in the end. There was no response to the final message.
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This first picture were messages from THIS MORNING!!! .. I wish I didn’t sleep in so I could’ve talked to you .. I can’t even think straight right now.. I’m glad we got to bond over the years .. not only were you a great uncle you were a coach and a mentor to me too .. I love you man..thank you for everything you’ve done .. for this city , for the basketball world , and for me … I won’t let you down .. you always counted on me and lifted me up. Love you unc ❤️ ❤️
Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash on Sunday (January 26), which occurred at around 9:43 AM. The iconic NBA player was one of nine victims in the tragedy.
“I wish I didn’t sleep in so I could’ve talked to you,” Shareef shared on Sunday after learning of Kobe Bryant’s death. “I can’t even think straight right now,” O’Neal continued. “I’m glad we got to bond over the years. Not only were you a great uncle you were a coach and a mentor to me too. I love you, man. Thank you for everything you’ve done for this city, for the basketball world, and for me. I won’t let you down. You always counted on me and lifted me up.”
Shareef went through a difficult time last year when a health scare threatened to drastically change his lifestyle. Kobe Bryant messaged the young athlete throughout the challenging time and even made time for a workout in the gym as further motivation to Shareef to keep moving forward.
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I’m crying while reading these messages over … even when I was at my worst you checked in on me so often .. I really appreciate you for that because I needed that so much…. i was so defeated sittin in that hospital everyday and I thought my basketball life was over .. you brought a smile to my face .. thank you . Love you
“You always wanted me to be the best I could be,” Shareef wrote to Kobe. “You always made sure I was happy, you put me before you put yourself, and when we had our moments you made me feel like I was great,” the young star added. “I love you, I thank you, I miss you,” Shareef concluded.
Kobe Bryant was 41-years-old at the time of his death. Stay tuned for more celebrity family news!
Photo: Shareef O’Neal/Instagram