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Devils blueliner opened up about the impact Kobe Bryant had on him

by Marc Ciampa /

In an interview that was certainly a difficult one to have, P.K. Subban spoke with the media in Ottawa on Monday about the impact Kobe Bryant had on the world. 

"This affects everyone in the sports world. He touched a lot of lives, he's touching more now. All you want to do is pray for the family and you hope that Vanessa and the kids and everyone stays strong."

He added comments on his own personal friendship with the Lakers great who died tragically in a helicopter accident on Sunday. 

"He's the DNA of your prototypical athlete that you want, but beyond that he was an even better person. I was very happy to have that relationship with him," Subban stated. 

"When I dream about playing and big games and wanting to make a difference, all of that comes from [Kobe]. It really sucks that he's gone. It's really unfortunate. It's way too soon and he had so much more to give."

Subban reflected on some of the touchpoints he had with Kobe through major career milestones for both of them. 

Video: RAW | P.K. Subban on Kobe Bryant

"I would go to Lakers games a lot and I remember towards the end of his career, I was able to go to more Lakers games and got to see him there," he said. "When I was at his last game against the Celtics, I connected with him and told him that I wanted to look for some advice throughout my career."

That opportunity happened just over a year later when Subban's Nashville Predators square was in the spotlight. 

"I ended up going to the Stanley Cup Final and was in touch with him throughout the whole finals. And, a lot of times whenever I'd ask him what to do or things that I wanted to maybe change, a lot of times he'd tell me not to change anything and just stick with what works."

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