Los Angeles Lakers players have decided to take a break from the NBA’s home games in the months following the death of Kobe Bryant, the league announced Friday.
The Lakers will play a pair of exhibition games in Las Vegas in late February and early March before heading home to Los Angeles for the rest of the season, the NBA announced.
The teams will be the Los Angeles Sparks and Los Angeles Clippers, who have played a combined 15 games this season.
“We are taking a break after Kobe’s passing, but we will be back to work as soon as we can,” Sparks head coach Chris Walker said in a statement.
“We are proud to be able to continue to build our team and work hard for the fans and community.”
In an effort to bring a new sense of camaraderie, Walker said the team will hold its first practice on March 17 at Sparks’ practice facility.