As news broke of the deaths of Kobe and Gianna Bryant in a helicopter crash, the world reacted with widespread grief. The city of Los Angeles and the basketball community were especially devastated by the news.

The NBA took the commendable step to postpone the upcoming game of Bryant's former team, the Lakers, on Tuesday against the Clippers. This game would have come just two days after Bryant's passing.

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The NBA makes official the game's postponement

The NBA mourns Kobe Bryant

NBA players across the league showed emotion on Sunday as they learned of the tragic death of one of the sport's all-time legends and idols. Some even learned of the news mid-game.

Users on social media called for the postponement of NBA games on Sunday, the day of the helicopter crash, and Monday, but Tuesday's Lakers-Clippers game is the first that is officially postponed.

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Kobe Bryant (1978-2020), Gianna Bryant (2006-2020)

The two Bryants and seven other people died in the tragic helicopter crash. Kobe was 41 and Gianna was just 13. They've remained in the world's thoughts since the news broke. Public tributes and official ceremonies will follow soon.