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.
There have been discussions between the Lakers and the NBA since the helicopter crash that killed Kobe and 8 others about whether this game should be played. Ultimately an organization that spent the day with grief counselors just wasn’t up to putting on an NBA game.