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

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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.