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#pounditThursday, August 13, 2020

Kyrie Irving left arena after hearing Kobe Bryant news, did not return

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The NBA community was hit hard on Sunday by the news that Kobe Bryant and his daughter died in a helicopter crash, and Kyrie Irving felt he could not play a game under the circumstances.

There were several NBA games that went on as scheduled, and that included the Brooklyn Nets’ game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Irving, who was close with Bryant, reportedly left the arena due to personal reasons and did not return.

Many felt the NBA should have cancelled all of its games on Sunday following the tragedy, but there are a lot of moving parts and that would be extremely difficult to do.

We saw some incredible tributes from teams that did play on Sunday, and there will undoubtedly be many more. Kobe was one of the most iconic players in NBA history and still very involved with the game at the time of his death.

The crash in California on Sunday killed five people, including Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter. The two were on their way to Kobe’s Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks.

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Other victims of the helicopter crash:
John Altobelli, junior college baseball coach, also died in helicopter crash
Christina Mauser, girls’ basketball coach, among the helicopter crash victims

Tributes to Kobe:
Dallas Mavericks retire Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 jersey
Video: Raptors, Spurs start game with amazing tribute to Kobe Bryant
Shaq posts heartfelt tribute to Kobe Bryant
Michael Jordan releases statement on death of ‘little brother’ Kobe Bryant
Video: Doc Rivers breaks down crying talking about Kobe Bryant
Phil Jackson calls Kobe Bryant ‘a chosen one’ in statement on his death
NBA commissioner Adam Silver issues statement on death of Kobe Bryant
Video: Dwyane Wade posts emotional message reacting to Kobe Bryant’s death
Kendrick Perkins extends olive branch to Kevin Durant after Kobe Bryant’s death
Video: Emotional Mike Breen sums up NBA world’s emotions about Kobe Bryant’s death
Trae Young’s huge game was full of Kobe Bryant-related statistical coincidences

More coverage:
Media errors, rumors, poor judgment run rampant in reporting of Kobe Bryant news
Kobe Bryant checked in on Shaq’s son Shareef morning of helicopter crash
No, Rick Fox did not die in helicopter crash that killed Kobe, Gianna Bryant
Lakers fans start memorial to Kobe Bryant outside Staples Center
Kobe Bryant’s last tweet was congratulating LeBron James on passing him
Sports world stunned over Kobe Bryant news
Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash – dead at 41

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