TUCSON, Ariz — Kobe Bryant shared something in common with current Arizona Wildcat freshman Nico Mannion.
Both spent their early childhood in Italy while their fathers played basketball there professionally, Mannion was born in Italy, while Byrant moved there at age 6.
Mannion was among the former Wildcats who shared their sadness on twitter following the passing of Byrant, his 13 year old daughter Gianna, and seven others in a helicopter crash.
He tweeted, "This can't be real. Basketball won't be the same without #24."