At one-year mark of Kobe Bryant’s death, Lakers still wrestle with grief

Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal (34) puts his arms around teammates, Elden Campbell (41) and Kobe Bryant (8) as Eddie Jones (6) and Derek Harper walk in front as they return to play the Houston Rockets in the fourth quarter at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, Calif., Feb. 5, 1999. (AP Photo/Victoria Arocho)

In this Dec. 30, 2015, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant touches his chest as he walks off the court in Boston after the Lakers' 112-104 win over the Boston Celtics in an NBA basketball game. Kobe Bryant's legacy may be stronger than ever. Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, marks the anniversary of the crash that took the lives of Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other people. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)

Even a year later, it’s something the Lakers find themselves reeling from. As LeBron James put it, “I try not to put myself back in that head space, because it’s just too dark.”