The Lakers game scheduled for Tuesday, the team’s first following the death of Kobe Bryant, was postponed by the NBA on Monday afternoon.
The team was supposed to play the Clippers at Staples Center, the arena that serves as home court for both franchises.
The NBA said in a statement, “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.”
No makeup date has been set.
The Lakers next scheduled home game is Friday at Staples against the Portland Trail Blazers. (Los Angeles Times)
- ESPN will re-air Kobe’s final game, from April 13th, 2016, tonight (Monday) at 9 p.m. ET. Kobe scored 60 points against the Utah Jazz that night.
- Whenever the next Lakers game takes place, it’s going to be a highly emotional event.
- Clippers coach Doc Rivers was among those most shaken by Kobe’s death.
- The Lakers are having a great season. It’ll be interesting to see how the team reacts on the court to Kobe’s death.