Nipsey Hussle & Steph Curry on Fatherhood, Integrity & More

It was announced Wednesday that Curry has been nominated for a Webby Award in the Best Web Personality/Host category for work on his YouTube series 5 Minutes from Home.

The web series features a different guest every episode, where they take on subjects of substance, such as gender inequity in sports with guest Riley Morrison, the portrayal of women in entertainment (especially rap and hip-hop) with the late Nipsey Hussle, and city politics with the mayor of Oakland, Calif.

Take a look back at episode 2 when Curry had Nipsey Hussle on the show, in which he took a ride with the multi-talented rapper and entrepreneur. The two go deep on a wide range of issues related to sports, music, and fatherhood.

Students At LeBron James’ I Promise School Show Impressive Academic Improvement

It’s been nearly a year since NBA star LeBron James opened the I Promise School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio and it has proven to be nothing short of impactful in the lives of underserved children. According to CBS Sports, its students are making strides and displaying excellence when it comes to academics.

James is happy to witness the progress the students have made and hopes that it brings attention to the need for quality education in underserved communities.

“These kids are doing an unbelievable job—better than we all expected. When we first started, people knew I was opening a school for kids. Now people are going to really understand the lack of education they had before they came to our school. People are going to finally understand what goes on behind our doors.”

The I Promise School has grown to become a staple in the community. Aside from enriching the lives of children through education, it provides resources for low-income families; including everything from a food pantry to career support. The school will launch summer camps surrounding STEM education within the next few months and in 2021 students will have the opportunity to further their education at the University of Akron free of tuition.

Nipsey Hussle’s Legacy Transcends Mortality

“Show me a hero, and I’ll write you a tragedy” —F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1945

The city of Los Angeles, along with fans worldwide, collectively woke up with the heaviest of hearts on April 1, following the tragic murder of Nipsey Hussle. I was only four years old when Tupac Shakur was killed, but this is how I imagine my city felt in ‘96. Massive murals have been painted. Countless tributes and stories from L.A. natives—from all walks of life—have poured in. With the volume up and the windows down, cars are pulling up next to me in traffic, blasting the music of the man called Neighborhood Nip.

Michel Moore, the Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, said in a press conference following his death that “[he] saw the name Nipsey Hussle, and [he] looked at that again, and [he] looked at it again, and it was like [he] could not believe it.” Steve Soboroff, President of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners, revealed Nipsey and Roc Nation had a meeting scheduled for that Monday morning to discuss ways to combat gang violence in South Central Los Angeles.

Despite how hard I’ve tried, I can’t shake the sickening feeling that every detail of Nipsey’s murder played out like a fucking movie script:

  • Nipsey rushing to his The Marathon Clothing store without informing his team or bodyguard because he wanted to hook up a friend who had just been released from a 20-year prison term “with some new gear so he could look good before meeting up with his own family and friends later in the day.” 
  • His final tweet—inspired by an impromptu sit-down with a high-ranking member from a rival gang—sent just a half-hour before he was shot six times by a member of his own: “Having strong enemies is a blessing.”
  • Nipsey’s older brother, Samiel “Blacc Sam” Asghedom, running red lights down Slauson Avenue, arriving just in time to administer CPR before the paramedics arrived.

“You’re dealing with the pressures of trying to be successful as well as the pressure of people intentionally waking up to try to bring harm your way. […] A person that know me and come from the same environment and had the same cards dealt to them that keep going to jail, don’t have no money, never made they parents proud or they momma proud, never did anything that they could look in the mirror and be proud of, it make them feel a certain way, and it’s intense. And that shit manifest into jealousy, hate, violence.” —Nipsey Hussle, Interview

Nipsey Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, had an undying love for his city, and he paid for that love with his life. It’s painfully surreal to witness a seemingly inextinguishable light eclipsed by a dark, shapeless void because he deserved better—as a man, a father, a son, a brother, a partner, and a hometown hero. Yet, over the past seven days, I’ve found solace in the one constant throughout his 33 years on this Earth: Nipsey operated without fear.

“Nip is sporadic. Nip gonna pull up and hop up out of the Jordan Downs projects, Nickerson Gardens, in any ‘hood in L.A., Compton, Watts—solo with $150,000 of jewelry on his neck and [an] $80,000 Rolex with no security. That’s why the people loved him,” Blacc Sam told the Los Angeles Times

This was the same Nipsey Hussle, who, despite being the face of one of the biggest and most dangerous gangs in Los Angeles, invested millions into the same block where he survived countless fights, raids, arrests, and shootouts; the same Nipsey Hussle who chose to walk amongst his people on ground zero as a physical manifestation of hope and change.

As Nipsey’s early South Central snarl evolved into the poise of a veteran and community leader, his fortitude remained steadfast. You heard the conviction in his raspy voice, and you saw the fearlessness behind his bloodshot, steely gaze; Nipsey Hussle carried himself with an empowering sense of agency.

When Nipsey spoke (or rapped) he projected ethereal energy into the world; like his spirit was immortal and death was never a possibility—and that’s the silver lining. Even in the wake of his tragic murder, Nipsey’s mission was bigger than himself. The rose that grew from concrete planted its seeds and when your legacy has been cemented, mortality is irrelevant. 

“We look at life like it’s about what you can get from life. You gon’ always be unfulfilled if you look at life like that. It’s about knowing you gon’ leave one day. And, you know, when you leave, the only way you gon’ be fulfilled is if you know you gave everything you had, and you emptied yourself here. And you left it all here, ‘cause it’s temporary and you got a moment.” —Nipsey Hussle, HOT 97 Interview 

Nipsey Hussle was running his own marathon, at his own pace, never forgetting to circleback to the streets that made him. He moved with graceful militance, his resolve never wavered, and he never shied away from sharing his ever-expansive breadth of knowledge and wisdom with the rest of the world. Now, it’s up to us. As the man himself once said, “the highest human act is to inspire.”

The marathon continues.

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Nipsey Hussle Square: Councilman Moves To Name Intersection After Slain Rapper

The outpouring of love for Nipsey Hussle is also coming from the Los Angeles City Council where a lawmaker wants an intersection named in honor of the slain rapper.

Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, a friend of Hussle’s, is expected to introduce legislation on Friday to rename the intersection of Slauson Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard as “Ermias `Nipsey Hussle’ Asghedom Square,” Fox5 reported.

Fans worldwide continue to mourn 33-year-old Hussle, who died outside his Los Angeles clothing store March 31 from gunshot wounds. Many hold Hussle in high esteem for his activism and community service.

Harris-Dawson has said he first met the rapper in 2013 at a rally against gun violence.

“It was 8 in the morning at Crenshaw High School. And here was this guy who I knew had a show the night before. He was there with his daughter,” the lawmaker told the New York Times, praising Hussle for his tireless work ethic.

Meanwhile, tickets quickly sold out on Tuesday morning for a public memorial honoring Hussle. Fans started snapping up the complimentary seats as soon as they became available online. The memorial is set for Thursday morning at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, which has a seating capacity of 21,000.

Eric Holder, 29, the man accused of killing Hussle, was arrested last week and charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon, according to a press release from the Los Angeles County’s District Attorney’s Office. Holder entered a plea of not guilty in court.

There have been unconfirmed reports that Hussle was killed because he was trying to stop gang violence in Los Angeles. However, reported the shooting was a personal dispute and while Los Angeles police Chief Michel Moore“declined to elaborate on the feud between the two, saying he didn’t want to jeopardize any potential prosecution, but he said the suspect approached Nipsey and others multiple times, engaging them in conversation.” Moore also said the dispute does not appear gang-related.

While Hussle was associated with gangs, he appeared to be distancing himself from that life. Shortly before his death, he was talking with Steve Soboroff, president of the Los Angeles Police Commission, about how to prevent youth from getting involved in gangs.

The City Council is expected to adjourn its regular Friday meeting in honor of Hussle. At that same meeting, Harris-Dawson is also expected to introduce the motion to rename the intersection.

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Westbrook, Harden, D-Wade and more pay tribute to Nipsey Hussle through sneakers

A week has passed since Ermias Asghedom — aka the Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle — was shot and killed in the parking lot outside of his clothing store in Los Angeles. He was 33. The painful loss of Hussle, whose legacy transcends music, has resonated with many, and that’s because he was also an entrepreneur, a community leader, a loving partner, a father and much more. Notably, condolences have come from the NBA community, which had embraced Hussle as an avid fan and courtside stalwart.

“So so SAD man!! DAMN man this hurt,” tweeted LeBron James, minutes after Hussle’s death was reported on March 31. Days later, the King pulled up to Staples Center (where a memorial service will be held for Hussle on Thursday) repping Nip before the Lakers faced the Golden State Warriors in their first home game following the tragedy. James wore a T-shirt featuring the cover illustration from Nipsey’s 2013 compilation albums, Nip Hussle the Great Vols. 1 & 2.

James was far from the first in the NBA to pay his respects. Across the league, a collection of players, and even a coach turned to their sneakers and other team paraphernalia to honor Hussle with handwritten messages, lyrics from his songs and custom art. Whether created with a Sharpie, or paint, shoes became the go-to form of expressing sympathy. Here are 16 NBA sneaker tributes spotted last week.


The sneakers worn by Montrezl Harrell of the Los Angeles Clippers featuring a tribute to rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was killed in a shooting outside his clothing store in Los Angeles on March 31. Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Hours after Hussle was killed, the Los Angeles Clippers had a game at Staples Center against the Memphis Grizzlies. Fourth-year Clippers big man Montrezl Harrell wanted to ensure that the organization — one of two NBA franchises, along with the Lakers, that play in Nip’s hometown of L.A. — acknowledged him in the arena on the night his life ended. He reached out to team officials and requested a video tribute that played at both the start and end of the evening. Harrell also asked for a custom jersey to be made with “HUSSLE” printed on the back overtop of his No. 5. During the game, Harrell wore a pair of Reebok Questions on which he wrote, “R.I.P. Nipsey — 8/15/85-3/31/19.” Clippers sixth man Lou Williams also penned “Money Making NIP” on his pair of Peak Streetball Masters. “For [Hussle’s] life to be taken, basically where he was born and raised, it’s tough,” Harrell told reporters after the game. “It’s a sad day, man.”


The sneakers worn by Kawhi Leonard of the Toronto Raptors before a game against the Orlando Magic on April 1 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. Ron Turenne/NBAE Via Getty ImagesPHOTO BY RON TURENNE/NBAE VIA GETTY IMAGES

In December 2017, about a month before he became a brand ambassador for Puma, Hussle appeared in a Foot Locker x Jordan Brand commercial alongside 2014 NBA champion and Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard. The day after Nip’s death, Leonard honored his fellow L.A. native on a pair of his New Balance OMN1s by adding “IP” after the brand’s block “N” logo to spell Nip. On the midsole of his left shoe, the Toronto Raptors All-Star forward also included “All Money In” — the name of Hussle’s record label, and the shortened version of his mantra, “All Money In, No Money Out.”


The sneakers worn by Dwyane Wade with a message commemorating rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was shot and killed on March 31, before a game between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on April 1 in Boston. Maddie Meyer/Getty ImagesPHOTO BY MADDIE MEYER/GETTY IMAGES

On his final night playing the Celtics at Boston’s TD Garden, the soon-to-be-retired Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade wrote “Nipsey Hussle — Rest in Heaven” with a Sharpie on the left shoe of a pair of his Li-Ning Way of Wade 7s. Wade intentionally wore blue and yellow sneakers to represent the colors of Crenshaw High School, located in the neighborhood where Hussle grew up and endlessly repped in through his music and clothing line.Whether created with a Sharpie, or paint, shoes became the go-to form of expressing sympathy.


The sneakers worn by Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers on April 2 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images

Before every game no matter what, Russell Westbrook writes the initials of his childhood friend and high school teammate Khelcey Barrs III, who died during a pickup game in 2004 at the age of 16. Westbrook recently lost another friend in Hussle, who helped the star Oklahoma City point guard and his Why Not? Foundation give back to the community in their hometown of Los Angeles on Thanksgiving in 2016. (There’s also a photo of Westbrook and Hussle embracing on the court at Staples Center during 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend in L.A.) Ahead of a game against the Lakers on April 2 — Westbrook’s first time playing since Hussle was killed — he neatly jotted “NH Nip” next to “KB3” on his pair of Pokemon-inspired player exclusive (PE) Why Not Zer0.2s. Westbrook rapped the words from Hussle’s 2018 track “Grinding All My Life” on the bench before taking the court and having himself a historic night with 20 points, 21 assists and 20 rebounds. He became only the second player in NBA history, and first since Wilt Chamberlain in 1968, to put up a 20-20-20 stat line. And of course, Westbrook dedicated the performance to one person. “That wasn’t for me,” he said after the game. “That was for Nipsey, man.”


The sneakers worn by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope of the Los Angeles Lakers during a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on April 2 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images

Westbrook wasn’t the only player to commemorate Hussle on a pair of shoes at Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena two days after his death. Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope also wrote “Rest Easy Nipsey” on his Nike KD 11s.


The sneakers worn by Danny Green of the Toronto Raptors during a game against the Brooklyn Nets on April 3 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

Both Nip and Toronto Raptors guard Danny Green were ambassadors for the German sportswear brand Puma. So it was only right that Green used a black pair of Puma Clyde Courts as a canvas to pay tribute to “Ermias Asghedom,” which he wrote under “R.I.P” on the outside of his left shoe for a game against the Brooklyn Nets. Green also penned Hussle’s full name on the other shoe in Tigrinya — the official language of Eritrea — as a nod to the late rapper’s African roots.


The sneakers worn by DeMar DeRozan of the San Antonio Spurs during a game against the Atlanta Hawks on April 2 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images
The sneakers worn by DeMar DeRozan of the San Antonio Spurs during a game against the Denver Nuggets on April 3 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images

Back-to-back games for the San Antonio Spurs allowed four-time All-Star DeMar DeRozan, a native of Los Angeles, to honor Nip twice. And he did so fittingly with editions of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant’s signature Nikes. For a game against the Atlanta Hawks on April 2, DeRozan wrote “Crenshaw” on a pair of Kobe 11s before taking the court the next night vs. the Nuggets with “RIP NIP VICTORY LAP” scribed on a pair of Kobe 4 Protros. DeRozan showed the utmost respect to his fallen L.A. brother, who often expressed how much he loved the NBA star’s game.


In April 2017, while playing for the Boston Celtics, Isaiah Thomas wrote messages on a pair of Nike Kobe A.Ds to grieve the horrific loss of his sister Chyna, who was killed in a one-car accident at the age of 22. “When I got the news yesterday before the game it reminded me when I got the news about my sister,” Thomas wrote in an Instagram post after Hussle was killed. Now a member of the Denver Nuggets, Thomas was a huge fan of the West Coast rapper, who shared a mutual admiration for the 5-foot-9-inch point guard. Just last year, Bleacher Report detailed how the careers of both Thomas and Hussle took off around the same time. Similar to how he remembered his sister on the court two years ago, Thomas paid tribute to Nip on his Nike Kobe 4 Protros during Denver’s April 2 game against the Spurs (the same night DeRozan inked up the same shoes). It’s also worth noting that Thomas’ last five Instagram posts have all been dedicated to Hussle.


Irv Roland, a player development coach for the Houston Rockets, and the personal trainer of reigning NBA MVP James Harden, commissioned sneaker artist Cory Bailey, aka Sierato, to craft a custom pair of Nipsey Hussle-themed Adidas Harden Vol. 3s. Roland wore them when the Rockets played the Clippers in L.A. on April 3. Here’s a dope video in which Sierato shows his process of painting the shoe that feature two hand-drawn portraits of Nip:


The sneakers worn by D.J. Wilson of the Milwaukee Bucks during a game against the Philadelphia 76ers on April 4 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images

Heroes get remembered, but like second-year Milwaukee Bucks forward D.J. Wilson wrote on the side of his Nike Kobe A.Ds before an April 4 game against the Philadelphia 76ers — “Legends neva Die!!!” He also added “Long Live Nip” and “TMC,” which stands “The Marathon Continues,” Hussle’s oft-used motto and the name of a mixtape he dropped in 2011.


Another Nipsey Hussle tribute by another Puma athlete. This time it came on the brand’s latest basketball sneaker — named the Uproar Spectra — which Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown helped debut on NBA hardwood in the lead-up to the April 12 release. “Rest up Nip,” Sterling Brown wrote on one shoe. “Salute.”


Sierato followed up the pair he did for Roland with a custom job on some Nike PG 2.5s for Golden State Warriors forward Jordan Bell. Nip would’ve loved that blue.


The sneakers worn by Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets during a game against the Indiana Pacers on April 7 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images

Spencer Dinwiddie collaborated with Troy Cole, an artist known in the sneaker world as Kickasso, for a custom pair of the Brooklyn Nets sixth man’s own brand of K8IROS shoes, which were painted beautifully with illustrations of Hussle. Dinwiddie is a part of the long list of NBA players who hail from Los Angeles. So when he shared photos of the shoes on social media, he made his connection to both the city and Nip known. “Fun fact,” Dinwiddie wrote in an Instagram post. “We went to the same grade school 🙏🏾.”


The sneakers worn by James Harden of the Houston Rockets during a game against the Los Angeles Clippers on April 3 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

No NBA player shared a bond with Hussle quite like Houston Rockets star James Harden. Back in October 2016, when he returned to his hometown for a matchup with the Lakers at Staples, Hussle came through to support, wearing a pair of Harden’s first signature sneakers to the game. Less than two years later, on the night Harden was named the 2018 NBA MVP, Hussle joined him to celebrate, taking Instagram videos with the man of the hour and his new trophy. They both deemed each other L.A. legends, so when the news of Nip’s death reached Harden, he was devastated. “It doesn’t seem real,” said Harden after the Rockets played the Clippers in L.A. on April 3. That night, he wore a gold pair of his Harden Vol. 3s, on which he wrote a few Nip-inspired messages, including the word “Prolific,” a reference to opening of the 2018 track “Victory Lap” — I’m prolific, so gifted / I’m the type that’s gon’ go get it. Harden rapped the line in the tunnel of the arena before taking the floor and dropping a game-high 31 points. During a postgame interview, one reporter asked Harden about his Instagram post from the previous day that featured a photo of him and Hussle with the caption, “BRO!!!! Where did you go?? We had some s— we was working on!!!! Please don’t leave. ON GOD imma make sure I finish what we started.” What did Harden mean? What exactly were they working on together? “You’ll see,” he responded.

Aaron Dodson is an associate editor at The Undefeated. Often mistaken for Aaron Dobson, formerly of the New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals, he was one letter away from being an NFL wide receiver.

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Los Angeles Gangs Reportedly Host Largest Peace Rally Since L.A Riots in Honor of Nipsey Hussle

In the wake of the tragic loss of Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Asghedom, Rival Los Angeles gangs from Watts, Compton, Inglewood, and Los Angeles met Thursday and Friday afternoon to honor the slain rapper with a call for peace in the streets. Together they marched from a local Crenshaw grocery store to Hussle’s Marathon clothing store where the rapper died March 31st. Authorities believe the shooting took place following a personal dispute between Hussle, and his alleged killer Eric Holder.

According to Blavity, Veteran gang leaders played a major role in coordinating the peace talks among usual enemies. They shared their progress on social media.

The community march is meant to be the start of a larger effort for prolonged peace. TMZ reports there have not been this many gangs united for peace since 1992 — the same year the Los Angeles riots were sparked by police brutality against Rodney King.

Memorials, vigils, murals, and other dedications have been springing up around Los Angeles to pay homage to Hussle’s wide-spread community impact which included a STEM program for local youth, and building affordable housing units.

Plans for Hussle’s official memorial service are underway.

NBA World Saddened by tragic death of rapper, friend and ICON Nipsey Hussle

“His messages, his beliefs, his way of thinking, his way of going about life, it was always about spreading knowledge, uplifting and overcoming adversity,” – DeMarcus Cousins

Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins played rapper Nipsey Hussle’s music before and during his trip to Oracle Arena to mentally prepare himself for Sunday night’s game.

When Cousins walked into the locker room before the game, his teammate Quinn Cook passed on the news that his beloved rapper had been shot. The four-time All-Star was stunned.

About 45 minutes before the Warriors tipped off against the Charlotte Hornets, news broke that the rapper had died.

“The sick part about it, I had been listening to Nipsey all day today,” Cousins told The Undefeated. “If you go to my Instagram, it was like moments before the news broke, I posted his music. I’m not even sure what the time frame was. Everyone knows I’m a huge Nipsey fan. He’s more to me than just a rapper, he’s an icon. …

“You hate to see anybody go, but you really hate to see that happen to a person like that. … I still haven’t settled with it. It was on my mind even before the game.”

Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, was a popular hip-hop artist whose 2018 debut album Victory Lap was nominated for a Grammy.

After walking away from life as a gang member in Los Angeles, Asghedom gave back to his South Central community by starting businesses, buying local real estate and empowering his fellow African Americans to use their money for purchases of lasting value and not popular vanity items. He gave jobs to locals in need, including the homeless, and gave shoes to an entire elementary school, and he donated money to renovate playgrounds and basketball courts, according to the Los Angeles Times. The 33-year-old was also planning to meet with Los Angeles police about gang violence prevention and aiding kids in need.

But on Sunday at around 3:20 p.m. Pacific time, Asghedom was shot six times at close range in the parking lot in front of his store, Marathon Clothing, on West Slauson Avenue in South Central Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Times. Two other men were also shot by someone who was still at large on Sunday evening. NBC News reported that Asghedom died at 4:43 p.m. PDT.

“His messages, his beliefs, his way of thinking, his way of going about life, it was always about spreading knowledge, uplifting and overcoming adversity,” Cousins said. “Just because you come from poverty, the projects, the ’hood, don’t let that be your last stop. That’s a steppingstone for you. Use that struggle, that grind, to do something for yourself.

“He was always preaching about entrepreneurship, starting your own business, black-owned businesses, creating opportunities right within your community. It was everything that, sad to say, the black man needed to hear. He was about empowering our community and keeping it in our community.”

Warriors forward Draymond Green, who was in the locker room celebrating his alma mater Michigan State advancing to the Final Four, was quieted by the news of Asghedom’s shooting. Green said he had spent time with Asghedom on several occasions.

In the Warriors’ locker room, Cousins showed teammates a picture on his cellphone of Hussle after he was shot. The players were visibly shaken by the tragic news.

Several hours after the Warriors game, Green told The Undefeated he was contemplating how many people would be affected by this “very sad day.”

“I was feeling amazing about the Spartans’ victory and the news was just kind of a dark cloud over that,” Green told The Undefeated early Monday morning via text message. “I’ve been thinking about it since. Thinking about how many people this will affect. About how his children now have to grow up without a father. Growing up in the inner city I understand what it is to make it out.

“You want to provide a life for your children that you never experienced. He worked his a– off to do that and to see that cut short due to senseless violence is heartbreaking.”

Stephen Curry, who interviewed Asghedom last year as part of his 5 Minutes from Home series on YouTube, built a friendship with him. Late Sunday night, Curry posted a picture of himself and Asghedom with the words “Just got to know you! Rest in Paradise.”

“I’m still in shock,” Curry told The Undefeated. “I just met him last year, but I knew about him, his background and the kind of messages he stood for in terms of empowering the community. He trailblazed a path on educating people from tough upbringings into something positive. What he did with music, investment, stuff he was giving back to the community and the impact he was making, for something like this to go down is disheartening, to be honest.”

The news of Asghedom’s death also hit close to home for Warriors forward Jordan Bell, who is from the Los Angeles suburb of Long Beach. Bell said Asghedom motivated him to use his money more wisely and make sound purchases.

“It was someone who was trying to change the view on African American men who had money,” Bell told The Undefeated. “Even if they came from a certain past, they still had an opportunity to change their whole way people see us and view us. I remember him talking about investing your money, stop buying bulls— chains. His big thing was to buy property. That was something I really was listening to in high school and college. He was one of those true OGs who was trying to make a change.”

The Warriors joined the NBA in mourning Asghedom. Numerous players offered condolences and respect to Hussle on social media, including LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, Zach LaVine, Trae Young, Karl-Anthony Towns, Tobias Harris, Kyle Kuzma, Victor Oladipo and Donovan Mitchell. The Lakers also celebrated the slain rapper’s life on social media, saying, “Artist. Activist. Angeleno. L.A. mourns the loss of one of our own, Nipsey Hussle.”

The Los Angeles Clippers paid tribute to Asghedom on their JumboTron during their game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday. Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell had a Clippers jersey with the word “Hussle” on the back in his locker on Sunday, while guard Lou Williams showed respect with the words “Money Making Nip” written on his shoes. Both were close friends of Asghedom’s.

“I ain’t even ready to say anything publicly yet. It’s been rough. I haven’t been able to digest it all,” Williams told the Los Angeles media.

Asghedom was a regular at Lakers and Clippers games.

Houston Rockets star James Harden, a Los Angeles native, used to play Asghedom’s song “I Don’t Stress” to get him going during his pregame workout, according to Rockets DJ TGray. Asghedom and Harden were close friends and supportive of one another.

Warriors in-house DJ Derrick “D-Sharp” Robinson paid tribute on Sunday night by playing Asghedom’s popular song “Last Time That I Checc’d” in a mix during a timeout in the fourth quarter. Green, Kevin Durant and Shaun Livingston celebrated Asghedom’s life by dancing along.

“It’s very devastating,” said Robinson, who met Hussle at a club appearance in San Francisco last year. “Huge loss to the hip-hop community. I can’t believe they took his life after all he has done for the community. It’s tragic.”