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Carmelo Anthony out for Trail Blazers-Lakers due to mourning Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 13: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks and Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers after the game on March 13, 2016 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Carmelo Anthony played in the Trail Blazers’ win over the Pacers on Sunday, the day Kobe Bryant died. Anthony also played in Portland’s win over the Rockets on Wednesday.

But in Los Angeles tonight, with the Lakers honoring Bryant in their first game since his death? That’s something else.

Shams Charania of Stadium:

Anthony and Bryant were friends, and death can be difficult to handle. That’s especially true when it comes so shockingly. I can barely imagine what Anthony is going through.

Portland is in a tight playoff race. Anthony is a key part of the team.

But some things are more important.