Shortly before the Denver Nuggets were set to take on the Houston Rockets last Sunday, news broke of the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant, and seven others due to a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. The news shook the entire world, as Bryant is one of the most iconic athletes we’ve ever seen, and his career has captivated basketball fans across the world for years and inspired many of the current NBA players to take up the game.

Because the afternoon matchup against the Nuggets and Rockets was the first game of the day, the two teams had little time to process the news before having to take the court. It was an emotional scene, as there was a moment of silence held for Bryant before tip-off. Later that day, several of the players took to social media to share their thoughts on Bryant and what he meant to their careers.

Jamal Murray made an Instagram post, expressing his disbelief at the news. He also recalls spending time with Bryant this past summer at his invite-only camp at Mamba’s Sports Academy.

Malik Beasley thanked Bryant in the below Instagram post in which he shared his feelings of sadness due to the fact that he had recently become close friends with the Lakers legend.

Will Barton sent a short yet impactful tweet paying tribute to one of his basketball idols.

P.J. Dozier wrote a heartfelt note on his reaction to Bryant’s passing, sharing memories of how Bryant impacted his passion for the game of basketball when he was a kid. He also sends his love to Bryant’s family.

Juancho Hernangomez took to Twitter to share a photo of him and Bryant.

Jarred Vanderbilt pays his respects to Bryant and expresses gratitude for having had the opportunity to meet him.

It’s extremely evident that there is perhaps no athlete from this generation that has impacted more people than Kobe Bryant. While this week has been filled with sadness and grief, it has been truly touching to see so many heartfelt tributes from players across the league, including this young Nuggets team.

R.I.P. Kobe Bryant.