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Kyrie Irving Will Not Play After Learning Of Kobe Bryant's Death

Kyrie Irving on the floor for the Brooklyn Nets during an NBA game.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 15: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets looks on against the Philadelphia 76ers in the fourth quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on January 15, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Nets 117-106. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

While the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets will play as scheduled tonight, Kyrie Irving will not take the court following the news of NBA legend Kobe Bryant's death.

According to Nets Daily's Anthony Puccio, Irving left Madison Square Garden after finding out about Bryant's passing. He never returned.

The Knicks and Nets are set to tip off at 6 p.m. ET.

Amazingly, games are going on as scheduled today in the NBA, but we've already seen several players and coaches have strong emotional reactions on the court. We can't even imagine what's going on behind the scenes.

No one can really blame Kyrie, or any player for that matter, for choosing not to play. The grieving process is a tricky thing, and no two people handle tragedies like this in the same way.

Some may feel they have to take the court to honor Bryant, while others will want to take time away to deal with the pain of such an overwhelming loss.

The entire situation is beyond heartbreaking.