LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Clippers scheduled for Tuesday at Staples Center has been postponed following the tragic death of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.
The NBA released a statement that read in part: “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.”READ MORE: Beloved University Of Kentucky Basketball Player, Terrence Clarke, Killed In Northridge Car Crash
The game will be rescheduled at a later date, league officials said.READ MORE: Presiding Judge Extends Deadlines For LA Criminal Trials
A short time later, the Lakers organization released a statement thanking fans “for the tremendous outpouring of support and condolences. This is a very difficult time for all of us. We continue to support the Bryant family and will share more information as it is available.
Bryant’s death in a helicopter crash in Calabasas sent shock waves across the NBA, and even as games went on Sunday, various teams engaged in tributes to Bryant, intentionally taking 24-second shot clock or 8-second backcourt violations in honor of the two numbers Bryant wore during his NBA career.MORE NEWS: People Making A Difference: Local Nonprofit Delivers Extra Food From Film Sets To Those In Need
The Lakers’ next game is scheduled for Friday night against the Blazers at Staples Center, but it wasn’t immediately clear whether that game will be postponed.