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.