The Lakers got together for the first time since Kobe Bryant’s death to have a team lunch and grieve ‘together’

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  • Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among 9 people who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday in Calabasas, California.
  • The Los Angeles Lakers — the team where Bryant spent his entire NBA career until retiring in 2016 — were on a flight from Philadelphia to Los Angeles when news broke of Bryant’s death. 
  • The Lakers held their first team practice since his death on Wednesday, where they ate lunch and “grieved together,” according to the team’s coach, Frank Vogel. 
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The Los Angeles Lakers met at their practice facility on Wednesday for the first time since Kobe Bryant’s death.

Coach Frank Vogel told reporters that the team had lunch and “grieved together” while having a light practice, according to CNN.

Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday. In the days since, memorials for the NBA icon, who spent his nearly 20-year career with the Lakers until his 2016 retirement, have popped up worldwide as athletes and celebrities share personal tributes and stories about the athlete.

The Lakers were on a flight from Philadelphia to Los Angeles when news of Bryant’s death broke on Sunday.

Vogel told reporters that the team gathered on Wednesday at their

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