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Lakers release statement: ‘We are devastated and have been forever changed’

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 29: Items left by fans to pay their respects to Kobe Bryant at LA Live before the game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on January 29, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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Understandably, it has taken a couple of days for everyone associated with the Lakers to reach a point they can start to talk about the untimely death of franchise icon Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others in a helicopter crash last Sunday.

First, Laker coach Frank Vogel spoke to the media.

Then Vanessa Bryant, Kobe’s wife, released a statement.

Now the Lakers’ organization has released a statement of his own.

The Lakers take the court again Friday night against Portland.