Kevin Love Dedicates Heart-Wrenching Message to Kobe Bryant After Tragic Death

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The stunning death of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash led to countless NBA stars offering their thoughts and tributes on social media, including Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love.

As the photo shows, Bryant and Love were part of the 2012 Team USA squad that won the gold medal at the London Summer Olympics. Bryant and Love were also on opposing sides in eight NBA seasons, with Love’s last two campaigns coming in a Cavaliers uniform.

Bryant also got a close-up look at Love’s collegiate career, when the Cavs veteran played one year for the UCLA Bruins in 2007-08.

The shocking news about Bryant came less than one day after Love’s former teammate, LeBron James, passed Bryant on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

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Brad Sullivan is a lead writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has spent much of life in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and has remained a Cavalier fan from their 1970 beginnings through the return of LeBron James. While that fandom was sorely tested during the Reign of Error known simply by one word, Stepien, that overall historical perspective will be part of his writing for Cavaliers Nation in the months ahead.