The Warriors and their fans were once again treated to an incredible spectacle as the team and its fans celebrated Kobe Bryant’s passing in Los Angeles.
But there were some things missing from the festivities, as we saw a return to the NBA’s old, traditional homecourt.
While the Warriors are now playing at the Staples Center in Los Angles, there was not much that fans could do in the absence of the iconic basketball star.
The Warriors, who have been without Bryant since November 1, will play their final home game of the regular season at the Lakers’ Staples Center on Thursday night.
As we have been reporting, Bryant was diagnosed with cancer earlier this week and has undergone treatment at UCLA.
The NBA has announced that he will not play in this season’s NBA All-Star game, which begins Feb. 26.
The Warriors’ first game without Bryant was a preseason friendly against the Los Angeles Clippers in early January.
The game was postponed due to an illness, but that game was the first of five scheduled for the Lakers.
The team will play the Lakers at the Forum on Wednesday night.
The game was originally slated to be played in Sacramento on Saturday, but the venue has been changed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
It was unclear if the Lakers would be in attendance.
There were some reports from ESPN’s Mike Bresnahan that the Lakers will play at the Garden on Wednesday and will host the Golden State Warriors.
Bryant will be one of two superstars on the court.
“Kobe’s passing is a blow to the Warriors, especially now that they are on the outside looking in,” Bresnan wrote.
“It’s a shame that the Warriors will be playing at a venue that is a far cry from where he grew up, but if the NBA doesn’t make this change, the team will not be playing in the NBA All Star Game this year.”
Bresnah’s column was first reported by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.