In an Instagram post, LeBron James vowed to continue Kobe Bryant's championship legacy with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The NBA game against Los Angeles Clippers, which was to be the first match on the Lakers' home court since Kobe Bryant died, will be rescheduled for a later date.
Tiger Woods said Kobe Bryant was part of the most historic franchise in the NBA and called him an "ultimate competitor".
Nick Kyrgios was among many sportspersons across the globe who paid tribute to Kobe Bryant after his death in a helicopter crash in suburban Los Angeles.
Kobe Bryant and his teenage daughter were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in southern California on Sunday.
Kobe Bryant's final post on social media had been a tweet congratulating LeBron James on surpassing him in the all-time NBA scoring list.
Kobe Byant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others died early on Sunday in a helicopter crash on a hillside in Calabasas, northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
The backlash in China against Daryl Morey's comments has cast a cloud over the NBA's lucrative broadcasting, merchandising and sponsorship interests in the country, where it has legions of fans.
LeBron James told reporters that Rockets general manager Daryl Morey "wasn't educated" on Hong Kong and should have kept his mouth shut.
NBA will go ahead with an exhibition game in Shanghai on Thursday that had looked in doubt after a team executive ignited a free speech row that has angered China.
China heaped further pressure on NBA after a tweet by a Houston Rockets executive backing protests in Hong Kong.
No Indian player has ever taken part in an NBA game and although NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told reporters that he hopes to see that change within five years, few are holding their breath.
The upcoming season of the National Basketball Association (NBA) commences on October 22.
The second pre-season game of the tour will be played on Saturday, while the regular season begins on October 22.
Adam Silver, Commissioner of the NBA, handed over the basketball to Nita Ambani and she passed it on to the officials to kick-start the game.
NBA Games India: Sacramento Kings will take on Indiana Pacers in the first NBA game in India.
Tony Parker, who won four NBA titles with the Spurs between 2003 and 2014 announced his decision in a post on Twitter.
Now coach of the Sacramento Kings, Luke Walton was let go by the LA Lakers last week after coaching them for several seasons.