WATCH: Rockets-Nuggets hold moment of silence for Kobe Bryant

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The NBA world and the broader sports world is dealing with a tragedy that is almost too surreal to believe.

Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant passed away at the age of 41 after being involved in a helicopter accident in Southern California late Sunday morning.

It goes without saying that the death of one of the NBA’s greatest ever impacted the sports world in a big way.

The NBA itself was discussing how to proceed with Sunday’s slate of games. It appears that they are still going to go on.

Ahead of their game against the Houston Rockets at the Pepsi Center in Denver, the Nuggets held a moment of silence for Mr. Bryant.

As you can tell, even the PA announcer was emotional in announcing Bryant’s death.

The question here is why the NBA decided to play Sunday’s schedule? It will be talked about for a while.

Kobe is one of those stars we know by his first name. He’s synonymous with basketball. It must be hard for the players to take to the court knowing the back drop here.

Again, our thoughts go out to Bryant’s family, the Lakers’ organization and the broader basketball world during these most difficult of times.