LeBron James is speaking out for the first time about Kobe Bryant’s death. Addressing his dear friend’s passing in a heartfelt social media post on Monday evening, #23 poured out his emotions by saying every time he tried posting a tribute he’d “begin crying.” His one-time fierce competitor also described talking to Kobe Bryant on the morning of his death and “didn’t think for one bit in a million years that would be the last conversation we’d have.”
LeBron Addresses Kobe’s Death
Sharing several photos of the duo on and off the court, LeBron James began his emotional tribute writing, “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!” Revealing he’s “heartbroken” and “devastated” over the loss of his friend, the Lakers player continued, “Man I love you big bro. My heart goes to Vanessa and the kids.”
Keeping His Legacy Alive
Promising to keep Kobe Bryant’s memory alive, LeBron James also stated, “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!!” Looking for answers, he addressed his friend above and wrote, “Please give me the strength from the heavens above and watch over me! I got US here!” He also revealed he has so much more to say about Kobe but he “just can’t right now because I can’t get through it.”
Surpassing Kobe On Scoring List
Signing off, LeBron James ended his message saying, “Until we meet again my brother!!” He also hashtagged “Mamba 4 Life” and “Gigi 4 Life.” Hours before Kobe Bryant’s death, LeBron surpassed the Lakers legend for third on the all-time scoring list during his Saturday game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Kobe Bryant’s last Instagram post was congratulating LeBron James on his accomplishment and passing the torch to him. “On to #2 @kingjames! Keep growing the game and charting the path for the next,” Kobe’s Instagram post read.
Inside His Death
As The Blast reported, Kobe Bryant along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and 7 others were on a helicopter heading to her basketball game on Sunday when they crashed in Calabasas, CA. The helicopter burst into flames and there were no survivors. Along with Kobe and GiGi, the other victims included assistant coach Christina Mauser, Orange Coast College head baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife and teenage daughter, the pilot Ara Zobayan,, as well as 13-year-old Payton Chester and her mom Sarah. Kobe is survived by his wife Vanessa Bryant and three other daughters. He was 41 years old.