The game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers will not continue on Tuesday-evening. The NBA has decided to postpone the game due to the sudden death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant.
The American was killed on Sunday at the age of 41 in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. The other eight passengers, including his thirteen-year-old daughter Gianna, did not survive the tragic accident.
Bryant is known as one of the best basketball players of all time and occupies fourth place on the top scorers list of all time in the NBA. He played his entire career for the LA Lakers (1996-2016) and became champion five times with the formation.
Out of respect for the grieving Lakers, the game against the Clippers is therefore being relocated. The game would be played in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday (Dutch time) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. A new date is not yet known.
Other games in the NBA have continued as usual, although the eight games of Sunday-evening have extensively considered the sudden death of Bryant. He was especially honored through the two back numbers (24 and 8) that he wore in his long career.
Many games started with the 24-second shot clock - the obligatory time to try to score in an attack - to run on purpose. In addition, several players had written lyrics about Bryant on their shoes.
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