Rumor: Lakers-Clippers game could be postponed in wake of Kobe Bryant’s death
The Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers face off on Tuesday at Staples Center in what could be one of the most emotional NBA games ever played after the tragic death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant.
However, according to Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times, there has been no confirmation that the game will be played.
The Lakers are scheduled to host the Clippers on Tuesday in the third meeting between Western Conference playoff favorites, but the playing of the game might be in jeopardy. There has been no announcement about a postponement, but also no confirmation that the game would be played.
The team has yet to release a statement regarding Bryant’s death. The team’s website had no mention of it as of 1 p.m. PST.
It’s understandable why the game could be postponed. After all, this is Kobe Bryant we are talking about, the man who put on a show at Staples Center every night for the Lakers and Los Angeles fans as a whole.
Bryant is the fourth-leading scoring in NBA history after LeBron James passed him on Saturday, just a day before his tragic death. LeBron has yet to react to Kobe’s death, though video of a grieving James walking off the Lakers’ team plane was released on Sunday. The two were very close and one can imagine how sad The King is at the moment.
The Lakers retired Kobe Bryant’s No. 8 and 24 jerseys last year. He will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer as part of an incredible class when inductees are announced later this year.