LeBron James Noticed Kobe Bryant Sitting Courtside, Considers Mutual Ties To Lakers ‘Pretty Special’
Kobe Bryant, LeBron James
Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Thursday was a night of firsts for LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. They picked up their first home win of the season and James recorded his first triple-double with the storied franchise. Also, Kobe Bryant was on hand to take in the action.

Want to get your content COMPLETELY AD FREE? Follow us on Apple News!

He was seated along the baseline with former agent and current Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka. Controlling owner Jeanie Buss and president of basketball operations Magic Johnson were among those to make their way over to greet Bryant.

He was also shown on the Staples Center video board, which drew a loud applause from the crowd. Although the Lakers kept their focus on the court to defeat the previously unbeaten Denver Nuggets, Bryant’s presence was felt by many.

“I didn’t get an opportunity to share any words with him,” James said. “Of course you notice him sitting on the baseline. He’s one of the all-time Laker greats. What he did for this franchise in his 20 years that he was here, speaks wonders.

“For me to be able to compete against him all those years and for me to be able to share the same jersey as him is pretty special.”

Although Bryant and James were pitted as rivals when both were playing, there’s long been a mutual respect between the two. That’s seemingly grown since James signed with the Lakers.

Bryant has regularly conveyed he is available to James and his family, and he also shared a similar excitement in watching the franchise’s new leader to what James expressed after his 74th career triple-double.

You May Also Like

Lakers News: Wizards Coach Scott Brooks Praises Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma

The Los Angeles Lakers already picked up one win over the Washington Wizards earlier this season and hoped to do so again when they met Thursday night…

Lakers News: D’Antoni Expects Kobe To Return In Full Form From Injury

The off-season will be a bit different for Kobe Bryant this time…

NBA Lockout Provides Opening Week Blues

The first of November came and went. No NBA games were played.…

Lakers News: LeBron James Focused On Setting Up Next Generation Of NBA Players

The Los Angeles Lakers, along with the rest of their NBA peers, opted to sit out Game 5 against the Portland Trail…