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Somber morning as Wolves reflect on Kobe Bryant's passing

Updated: January 27, 2020 03:09 PM

It was an emotional morning following Wolves' shoot-around at Mayo Clinic Square.

Coach Ryan Saunders, and players Karl-Anthony Towns and Robert Covington met with reporters to reflect on NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his passing.

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***Click the video box on this page to watch Saunders, Towns, and Covington talk about Bryant***

Saunders touched on his dad, the late Flip Saunders, coaching Bryant in the 2004 All-Star Game, being on the bench facing Bryant and the Lakers the first game after his dad's passing, and the challenges of getting his team ready for a game Monday night vs. the Kings.

Towns' rookie year was Bryant's 20th and final season with the Lakers. Towns said he had a number of opportunities to chat with Bryant, the ultimate ambassador for the game.

Covington said he only got to play against Bryant once, but fortunately or unfortunately, got to guard him. The unfortunate part was Bryant got hot early in that matchup.

The Wolves will pay tribute to Bryant in different ways throughout Monday's game.

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