Lakers' next game postponed after Kobe Bryant's death

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LOS ANGELES, Cali. (AP) - The NBA has postponed the Los Angeles Lakers' next game in the wake of retired superstar Kobe Bryant's death in a helicopter crash.

In this June 7, 2009 file photo Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) points to a player behind him after making a basket in the closing seconds against the Orlando Magic in Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals in Los Angeles. | Source: AP Photo / Mark J. Terrill

The Lakers learned about Bryant's death while they were flying home from an East Coast road trip.

Several players appeared to be visibly affected by the news when they got off the plane.

The Lakers organization hasn't made a public statement about Bryant's death, choosing to mourn in private.

The team made grief counselors available to employees Monday after the death of Bryant, who spent his entire 20-year NBA career with the Lakers.

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