The NBA has officially postponed Tuesday night’s Lakers vs. Clippers game at Staples Center in L.A. out of respect for the Lakers organization, which is reeling from the death of Kobe Bryant.
“The decision was made out of respect for the Lakers organization, which is deeply grieving the tragic loss of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other people in a helicopter crash on Sunday,” the NBA said in a statement.
LeBron James was seen sobbing when he got off the Lakers’ team plane at LAX on Sunday following a game in Brooklyn against the Nets.
We’ve been told several players, staffers and other Lakers employees — many of whom have known Kobe for years — are simply inconsolable and not ready to go to work.
Kobe played for the Lakers for 20 years and built lasting relationships with so many people.
16 teams played on Sunday following the news of Kobe’s death — and many players were visibly shaken on the court … including Tyson Chandler, Trae Young, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry.
In fact, after the Gregg Popovich‘s San Antonio Spurs lost on Sunday — he put the whole thing into perspective … saying, “Good game, tough loss, who cares?”