Fallon first met Bryant over two decades ago, when the duo had first moved to Los Angeles, and had remained friends since.
LeBron James, just hours earlier, passed Kobe Bryant for third on the NBA's career scoring list. Bryant died in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles on Sunday morning.
"The decision [to postpone the game] was made out of respect for the Lakers organization, which is deeply grieving the tragic loss of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other people in a helicopter crash on Sunday," the NBA stated.
Other tributes included the Empire State Building and Madison Square Garden in New York City, as well as Los Angeles City Hall lit up in the Los Angeles Lakers' yellow and purple to honor the late NBA star.
The Los Angeles Lakers great was among the first-time nominees for induction in the Basketball Hall of Fame this year.
"Have a good time, enjoy life. Life is too short to get bogged down and discouraged," Bryant said in the video. "You have to keep moving, you have to keep going. Put one foot in front of the other, smile and just keep rolling."
Sikorsky S-76 helicopters are said to be more robust than other civilian helicopters and are from the same helicopter series used by Queen Elizabeth II.
British MP David Lammy criticized the broadcaster for using footage of James while reporting Bryant's death.
Bryant won an Academy Award in 2018 for Best Animated Short Film at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony in 2018.
In 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant won five NBA titles, two NBA Finals MVP crowns and was named to the All-Star team 18 times.
The five-time NBA champion died in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant.
We "wanted to do something that could describe a tiny bit how we all feel right now," Alicia Keys said as she opened the ceremony. "We love you Kobe."
Here are some quick numbers, memorable quotes and facts that will forever be part of Bryant's legacy.
"Reschedule the Grammys," one fan said. "They don't matter today."
At the beginning of the game between the Toronto Raptors and the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, the teams agreed that whichever team received the opening tip, they would dribble out the 24-second shot clock. Bryant wore No. 24 for the Lakers.
A person familiar with the incident said Gianna was also on board with her father on the helicopter when it went down in Calabasas, California.
"There's no words to express the pain Im going through," former teammate Shaquille O'Neal tweeted.
Bryant posted the tweet late Saturday night after James passed him for third on the all-time scoring list. Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday.
Bryant, 41, was travelling with passengers in his private helicopter earlier this morning when the chopper experienced issues and crashed.
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The first overall pick of the 2019 draft finished with 22 points on his NBA debut on Wednesday night, scoring 17 in the fourth quarter alone.
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Harden extended his streak of 30-point games to 27 on Monday night.
Harden has now scored at least 30 points in 21 consecutive games and has three 55-point games in January alone.
The reigning MVP is the first player since Chamberlain to score at least 30 points in 20 consecutive games.
Harden has now scored at least 30 points in the last 17 consecutive games.
Bryant said last month he thought the Lakers should have drafted Tatum instead of Ball.
No player who has featured on "Detail" has won a playoffs series this season.