We live in a world that consists of constant movement. Unfortunately, we also live in a world when something so tragic can stop everything in a moment’s notice. The passing of Kobe Bryant is one of those events where everyone will remember what they were doing when they heard the news.
Following the death of Bryant, many online, in the media, and fans across the world wondered if the NBA would consider canceling games for Sunday night.
MSNBC host Keith Olberman was one of the first to urged the NBA to cancel all games Sunday afternoon and night out of respect for Bryant and others who died in the crash.
If you’re one of those guys that believe the show must go on, that a listen to veteran NBA commentator Mike Been try to hold himself together right before the Brooklyn Nets vs the New York Knicks’ game:
Breen’s comments are a good summary of how many in the game are feeling right now. Kyrie Irving couldn’t bring himself to play in Sunday night’s game versus the New York Knicks. Once he learned of Bryant’s passing, Irving reportedly went home. Many players probably would have preferred to be with their loved ones to reflect and grieve.
Bryant was the bridge between Micheal Jordan and LeBron James. Bryant influenced the generation that currently plays in the NBA. To ask a generation of players that just lost their hero to go out and play seemed to be a bit much to do.