NBA Basketball

Shadow of Kobe Bryant hangs over first Lakers game since his death

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Kobe Bryant’s former team the Los Angeles Lakers will make an emotional return to the court on Friday for the first time since his death earlier this week in a helicopter crash that shook basketball fans in the city and worldwide.

Lakers to pay tribute to Kobe at Friday’s game

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Lakers will pay tribute to Kobe Bryant on Friday when the team plays its first game since the NBA great died, although details of what that will entail remain unclear.

NBA notebook: Paul, Westbrook lead All-Star reserves

The NBA announced the All-Star reserves on Thursday night, and Chris Paul, now with the Oklahoma City Thunder, was selected for the 10th time while Russell Westbrook of the Houston Rockets was chosen for the ninth occasion. The players were dealt for each other last summer.

Kobe Bryant’s widow breaks silence on NBA superstar’s death

(Reuters) – Three days after Los Angeles basketball great Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others perished in a helicopter crash, his wife, Vanessa, broke her silence with an Instagram message saying she was “completely devastated” by their loss.

Vanessa Bryant updates IG in wake of Kobe, Gianna deaths

Vanessa Bryant has yet to speak publicly since her husband, Kobe Bryant, and daughter Gianna were killed in a helicopter crash Sunday, but on Wednesday she changed the profile picture on her Instagram account to one of her husband and daughter hugging.

Lakers will aim to make Kobe proud, coach Vogel says

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles Lakers coach Frank Vogel said on Wednesday his heartbroken team would aim to honor the memory of Kobe Bryant, who died along with his daughter and seven others in a helicopter crash on Sunday.