Carmelo Anthony has been ruled of Friday's game at the Los Angeles Lakers for personal reasons.

Anthony is not playing "because of his continued grieving and emotions over the loss of Kobe Bryant," reports Shams Charania on Stadium.

Anthony and Bryant were scheduled to have dinner together in Los Angeles on Thursday. Bryant was also expected to attend Friday's game between the Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers.

Anthony and Bryant were close friends for many years.