Lakers, NBA reflect on passing of Nelson Mandela

Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95 on Thursday.

As news spread, members of the NBA community and Lakers organization shared their thoughts.

Thankful to @NelsonMandela for having shown us so much wisdom and leadership. His legacy and example will always stay with us. RIP #Madiba— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) December 5, 2013

The world has lost a great man in Nelson Mandela today— Ryan Kelly (@RyanKelly34) December 5, 2013

Thank you Mr. Mandela for teaching us how to be strong thru trials & tribulations...& how to be compassionate & forgiving. #legacy— James Worthy (@James_Worthy42) December 5, 2013


I thank God for giving me a chance to meet a great Leader and man of Faith. Miss you Madiba.— Dikembe Mutombo (@officialmutombo) December 5, 2013

Nelson Mandela was a great man. A bright light has gone out. His ability to lead & inspire are unparalleled in my lifetime.— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kaj33) December 5, 2013

NBA Commissioner David Stern released the following statement:

Nelson Mandela was one of the most powerful and inspirational leaders in the world and a great friend of the NBA. He led his nation to democracy at incredible personal sacrifice, and in rebuilding it, he understood how to harness the power of sport to inspire and unite people of all backgrounds. Our thoughts and hopes are with the Mandela family and the people of South Africa, and while we mourn his passing, we know that his legacy and quest for equality will endure.”


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