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Jack Nicholson Gives Rare Emotional Interview Mourning Kobe Bryant: ‘There’s A Big Hole In The Wall’

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By Jeff Mazzeo

Jack Nicholson gave a rare interview to CBS LA sports anchor, Jim Hill about the tragic loss of Kobe Bryant.

Nicholson is a well-known Lakers fan and watched Kobe do his thing from his courtside seats for many years. The 82-year-old actor rarely appears in public or gives an interview but he decided to say a few words about the loss of someone that provided him with so much entertainment.

“My reaction is the same as almost all of LA.,” Nicholson told CBS LA. “Where we think everything’s solid, there’s a big hole in the wall. I was used to seeing and talking to Kobe that… it kills you. It’s just a terrible event.”

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Jack's First Time Meeting Kobe

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Jack recalled the first time he met Kobe and it was actually in the Big Apple at Madison Square Garden even though he was a staple at the Los Angeles Staples Center.

“I teased him the first time we met. It was at the Garden in New York and I offered him a basketball and asked him if he wanted me to autograph it for him. He looked at me like I was crazy,” Jack said.

Bryant and Nicholson would go on to have many great interactions but it was Kobe's amazing talent on the court that will stick with Jack forever.

“I sat right behind his jump shot on the left hand side. I can see him going up and I can tell the first instant if it’s going in.”

“I remember the totality of how great a player he was… We’ll think of him all the time and we’ll miss him,” Nicholson sadly declared.

Click here to hear the interview.

Gone Too Soon

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Emergency responders raced to the scene after the helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant and others, including his daughter, crashed into a hillside and burst into flames. Dispatch audio, obtained by The Blast, showcases the coordinated effort by firefighters, sheriff and paramedics to try and rescue any of the possible survivors.

Reports of the crashed Sikorksy S-76B were called into authorities around 10 AM on Sunday, and emergency responders immediately jumped into action. Unfortunately, the crash started a brush fire in the surrounding area, so officials were forced to proceed with extreme caution.

During a joint press conference by sheriff and fire department officials, they revealed that 9 people had perished during the helicopter crash. Officials refused to name Kobe Bryant or his daughter, GiGi, and said that it would not be appropriate to reveal any identities until everything is confirmed and family members have been notified. It was originally believed that 5 people were aboard the helicopter, so it was shocking news to many that another 4 passengers were onboard and also died.

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