Kobe Bryant against Chris Tiu. INSTAGRAM PHOTO Retirednational team player Chris Tiu also added in a social media post that he wasstill in great disbelief over what happened to Bryant, whom he also playedagainst in an exhibition match. Ilonggo guardKiefer Ravena of the NLEX Road Warriors, who admitted to be a huge Bryant fan,said he is at loss for words on Kobe’s death. “When times gettough and I want to give up or take it easy, I would think “what would Kobedo?”. Thank you Kobe for teaching us to be relentless in pursuit of excellenceand reminding us that it is not about success, but the process,” Tiu said. “Well nagulat talaga ako nung nabalitaan ko,”said the two-time PBA MVP. “Pero isa sahindi ko malilimutang experience with Kobe is nung nabantayan ko siya sa exhibition game. Magaling talaga siya.” Negrense guardJames Yap of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, who played against Bryant in anexhibition game in the country years ago, admitted that he was stunned withwhat happened to the five-time National Basketball Association (NBA) champion. “For remindingus that we only lose when we give up, not just on the court but includingrelationships. You showed us you are human too and make mistakes, but withhumility, sincerity, repentance and faith in God, we can get back on the righttrack,” he added. Bryant, whoretired in the 2016 NBA season after playing for the LA Lakers for two decades,died in a helicopter crash in California along with his daughter Gianna. He was41./PN MANILA – As thebasketball icon for several veterans and upstart ballers in the country, theuntimely demise of former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant came up as ashocker. “Lost forwords. Not the news I wanted to hear when I woke up. Life’s shortman. Appreciate everybody around you to the fullest! Do not take anything forgranted. You were one of the reasons I played the sport, Kobe. You are thereason why I want to be great,” said Ravena.