Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers see game moved to April 9 after the first January date was canceled after the tragic death of Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash
- The postponed LA Lakers-LA Clippers game has been rescheduled by the NBA
- After the death of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, the competition was canceled
- Bryant died in a helicopter crash alongside his daughter Gianna, 13 and seven others, while traveling to a youth game at his Los Angeles academy
The Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers have been informed that their rescheduled competition will take place on April 9 after postponing in January following the tragic death of Kobe Bryant.
Bryant, a legend from Lakers, was killed along with eight other passengers, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, during a helicopter crash while traveling to his Los Angeles academy.
The original game between the LA rivals was scheduled for January 28, but the Lakers received special dispensation from the NBA to postpone the collision due to the sorrow of Bryant’s death.
The Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers now meet in a re-scheduled game on April 9
Their original date of January 28 was postponed after the tragic death of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant (shown in 2016) after he died in a helicopter crash with eight others
Flowers were laid outside the Staples Center after news of Bryant’s death, and fans from both teams gathered to pay their respects with messages, signed basketballs, and sweaters he wore over the years.
After a private funeral service on February 7, an additional memorial will take place at the Staples Center, home of the two LA teams, on Monday, February 24.
The rescheduled competition has resulted in a crowded competition list for the Lakers in the run-up to the late season.
There was an outpouring of emotion after Bryant’s death and the game was postponed
Frank Vogel’s side is now preparing itself for 7, 8 and 9 April, a triple header that has not been seen since the NBA lockout in 2011.
After a victory on Friday night at the Memphis Grizzlies, Vogel was asked about the hectic series of games to view the season.
“We did this once in Indiana,” said Vogel. “There was a match that had snowed out that we had to play three in a row and we won all three of them. The mindset was as we have it now: take the game for game and go into battle and win that game. “
“Some boys may not play in all three games. We’ll have those conversations as we get closer to those games and see what the rankings look like.
“That late point in the season is priority number one (staying) healthy and fresh in the play-offs.”
Bryant (right) was killed along with 13-year-old daughter Gianna (left) in the helicopter crash