NBA Postpones Lakers Game After Kobe Bryant Crash

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The NBA has announced that the upcoming game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers has been postponed in light of the shocking death of basketball icon Kobe Bryant on Sunday.

According to a statement released by the league on Monday, Tuesday's game will be postponed for a later date.

"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 organization said.

A source with the Lakers tells ET, "We are glad the league is postponing the game. It’s not just the players hurting. Kobe was here for two decades and is like family to everyone in the building. No one is OK."

The source adds that the Lakers brought in grief counselors for employees and team players, and that the counselors will be available for the foreseeable future. Meanwhile, there is still no information on a memorial or funeral for Bryant.

The Lakers organization also took to Twitter to announce the postponement, and they thanked fans for their support and kindness during this difficult time.

"The Los Angeles Lakers would like to thank all of you for the tremendous outpouring of support and condolences. This is a very difficult time for all of us," the team's statement shared. "We continue to support the Bryant family and will share more information as it is available."

According to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, the decision came following a day of discussion and meetings with grief counselors for employees, many of whom had known Bryant for years.

The former LA Lakers star and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died on Sunday morning following a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. According to the LA County Sheriff's Office, there were nine people on the helicopter -- a pilot and eight passengers. There were no survivors.

Bryant is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and their three other daughters-- Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7 months.

Tributes have flooded in for Bryant and his daughter on social media following the shocking accident. His memory was also tearfully honored during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday evening, where the pain of the tragedy weighed heavily on those in attendance.

See the video below for more on Bryant's celebrated life and legacy and the outpouring of emotional tributes.

-- Additional reporting by Nischelle Turner.


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