The Los Angeles Lakers Postpone Their First Game After Kobe Bryant's Death
The NBA postponed Tuesday's game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers. The news comes in the wake of the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna Bryant, on Sunday, January 26.
As news broke of the deaths of Kobe and Gianna Bryant in a helicopter crash, the world reacted with widespread grief. The city of Los Angeles and the basketball community were especially devastated by the news.
The NBA took the commendable step to postpone the upcoming game of Bryant's former team, the Lakers, on Tuesday against the Clippers. This game would have come just two days after Bryant's passing.
The NBA makes official the game's postponement
Here is the official league statement on postponing Tuesday night's Lakers vs. Clippers game in the wake of Kobe Bryant's death ... pic.twitter.com/kGz6iOrcxW— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) January 27, 2020
The NBA mourns Kobe Bryant
NBA players across the league showed emotion on Sunday as they learned of the tragic death of one of the sport's all-time legends and idols. Some even learned of the news mid-game.
Users on social media called for the postponement of NBA games on Sunday, the day of the helicopter crash, and Monday, but Tuesday's Lakers-Clippers game is the first that is officially postponed.
Kobe Bryant (1978-2020), Gianna Bryant (2006-2020)
The two Bryants and seven other people died in the tragic helicopter crash. Kobe was 41 and Gianna was just 13. They've remained in the world's thoughts since the news broke. Public tributes and official ceremonies will follow soon.