NBA players were shocked and saddened to find out that Chadwick Boseman, 42, had just passed away after a 4-year battle with colon cancer. Boseman was one of the most respected and beloved celebrities among the NBA and the African American community as a whole.
Boseman kept his diagnose as a secret for the past 3 years and continued to build a legacy in Hollywood by his roles as Black Panther of the MCU, while also starring in 21 Bridges, Marshall, and Da 5 Bloods, among others.
Moreover, Chadwick Boseman was a well-known supporter of the NBA and he was a regular presence during the league's All-Star Weekend events. That's why NBA players took it to Twitter to pay their respects to the late actor.
NBA Players React To Chadwick Boseman's Passing
Boseman admitted to being starstruck when he met the late Kobe Bryant for the first time. He also joined Kevin Garnett to give him the 2008 Defensive Player of the Year Award, and even served as a judge for the Dunk Contest.
In fact, a couple of years ago Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo even gave him the 'Wakanda Forever' salute and wore a Black Panther mask when he participated in the 2018 Slam Dunk contest, showing just how much his presence meant to the basketball community.
The NBA, Hollywood, and all film fans around the world are incredibly saddened by this shocking and heartbreaking loss of a great man who spent the last 4 years of his life making the most of his talent to leave an everlasting legacy, especially for the African American community. He definitely succeeded. Rest in Power. Wakanda Forever!