With the world coming together for Kobe Bryant, there have been so many stories about the Los Angeles Lakers legend that bring tears and laughs.
From 24 and eight second shot clock violations to Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban stating no one will be able to wear No. 24, there have been some incredible gestures made by teams and players during this difficult time.
As the team’s next game against the Los Angeles Clippers has been postponed, the Lakers issued their first statement thanking their fans.
And now, James has broken his silence about Bryant’s death after speaking to him following his latest accomplishment in Philadelphia, via Instagram:
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I’m Not Ready but here I go. Man I sitting here trying to write something for this post but every time I try I begin crying again just thinking about you, niece Gigi and the friendship/bond/brotherhood we had! I literally just heard your voice Sunday morning before I left Philly to head back to LA. Didn’t think for one bit in a million years that would be the last conversation we’d have. WTF!! I’m heartbroken and devastated my brother!! 😢😢😢😢💔. Man I love you big bro. My heart goes to Vanessa and the kids. I promise you I’ll continue your legacy man! You mean so much to us all here especially #LakerNation💜💛 and it’s my responsibility to put this shit on my back and keep it going!! Please give me the strength from the heavens above and watch over me! I got US here! There’s so much more I want to say but just can’t right now because I can’t get through it! Until we meet again my brother!! #Mamba4Life❤️🙏🏾 #Gigi4Life❤️🙏🏾
Less than 24 hours before Bryant’s death, he and James reportedly spoke after the latter passed him for third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
With Bryant showing so much support for James (including his final post on social media), it is absolutely heartbreaking to witness these turn of events. In the end, there was nothing but mutual respect between the two players.
As the world continues to process this tragedy, James and the Lakers are doing the same. As it currently stands, the team’s next game will be against the Portland Trail Blazers on Jan. 31.