Portland's Carmelo Anthony to miss Lakers' Kobe Bryant tribute

Portland's Carmelo Anthony to miss Lakers' Kobe Bryant tribute

Portland's Carmelo Anthony to miss Lakers' Kobe Bryant tribute

"We're concentrating on the work", head coach Frank Vogel told reporters at the team's practice facility in suburban El Segundo. Vanessa Bryant also takes comfort in knowing that both Kobe and Gianna knew that they were loved, and called them their "blessings" that were taken away too soon.

"We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately", Vanessa continues.

"We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe - the awesome father of our children; and my lovely, sweet Gianna - a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and fantastic sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri".

"My father loved you like a son, which makes us family", Buss wrote.

The pilot of Kobe Bryant's doomed helicopter left behind a girlfriend of 11 years who will "never be over" his death, a close friend has said.

"We are striking a balance of trying to make us feel good", Vogel said.

In her tribute, Buss addressed Bryant's wife, Vanessa Bryant, 37, and their surviving daughters, Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and 7-month-old Capri.

The Lakers were scheduled to play the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center on January 28, just two days after the crash, but the game was indefinitely postponed.

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"Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way", she wrote.

Bryant went on to encourage supporters to donate to the Mamba Sports Foundation, which her husband co-founded and which counted their daughter as a participant.

The Lakers will be facing the Portland Trail Blazers as the organization and team members attempt to forge ahead after what's been an emotionally wrenching week. But they have endured six straight losing seasons since their last playoff appearance, including the final three campaigns of Bryant's career.

LA has the best record in the Western Conference. I wish they were here with us forever.

Vogel said he'd been briefed on the plans, but the club is not revealing them beforehand. "We've always wanted to make him proud and that's not going to be any different".

"I do believe being around each other is good for all of us", Vogel said.

"It's the right thing to do, you know it will be an important night for our franchise and for Laker nation".

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