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Blazers Release Statement Following the Death of Kobe and Gianna Bryant

The Trail Blazers delivered a somber message following the tragic loss of Kobe and Gianna Bryant.

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The entire NBA community is in a state of shock following the death of Kobe and Gianna Bryant. The tragedy occurred when Bryant’s private helicopter crashed in Calabasas, California. None of the passengers survived the crash.

Following the news of Bryant’s passing, the Trail Blazers released a statement on the subject:

“The entire Trail Blazers organization is shocked and devastated by the tragic loss of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. Kobe’s indelible mark on the NBA and the game of basketball globally will live on forever. Our prayers and condolences are with the Bryant family and the other families affected, the Los Angeles Lakers organization and all those that knew and loved Kobe.”

Sunday’s matchup between the Blazers and Pacers will continue as planned, but the players will not be available to the media beforehand.

For the NBA games that have already gotten underway in the aftermath of today’s tragedy, a trend has started to surface.

Our thoughts are with the Bryant family.