Lakers’ next game postponed after Kobe Bryant’s death

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LOS ANGELES (KLAS) — The NBA has postponed the Los Angeles Lakers’ next game in the wake of retired superstar Kobe Bryant’s death in a helicopter crash. The Lakers learned about Bryant’s death while they were flying home from an East Coast road trip.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant smiles to the crowd during a ceremony before Bryant’s last NBA basketball game, against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Several players appeared to be visibly affected by the news when they got off the plane. The Lakers organization hasn’t made a public statement about Bryant’s death, choosing to mourn in private. However, on Monday, the franchise released a statement saying Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers would be postponed.

The team also made grief counselors available to employees Monday after the death of Bryant, who spent his entire 20-year NBA career with the Lakers. He retired in 2016.

Below is a video from 2017 when the NBA retired Bryant’s two jersey numbers: 8 and 24. His wife and three daughters at the time were on hand, including GiGi.

The NBA issued the following statement:

At last check in the investigation into what caused the deadly crash that killed the NBA great, his 13-year-old daughter, and seven other people, including the pilot found the helicopter’s final transmission from the pilot said he was climbing to avoid cloud layer.

No other details were released. It could take up to a year to figure out what really caused the crash.

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