Phil Jackson makes statement following Kobe Bryant's death

Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, left, and head coach Phil Jackson during the basketball team's media day in El Segundo, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Williston native Phil Jackson coached Kobe Bryant for much of his career with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Howard Beck, a writer for Bleacher Report, tweeted the following statement from Jackson:

"The crash was a tragedy for multiple families. My heart goes out to Vanessa and the families that lost loved ones. Kobe was a chosen one- special in many ways to many people. Our relationship as coach/player transcended the norm. He went beyond the veil."

Bryant and Jackson won five NBA championships together with the Lakers. Jackson retired from coaching in 2011. Bryant played through the 2015-16 season.