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The Message Kobe Bryant Immediately Sent LeBron James When he Signed With Lakers
September 27, 2020
Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant had the perfect welcome message for four-time NBA MVP LeBron James. King James decided to join the Lakers in 2018, and his decision surprised a lot of people. Doubters didn’t like seeing LeBron put on a purple and gold uniform.
Great Kobe loved it.
LeBron remembered one particular moment and one of his biggest regrets. The three-time NBA champion would definitely love to have “a sit-down talk” with Kobe and discuss the franchise. They did communicate, but the real conversation never happened.
Kobe died in a helicopter crash on January 26. This happened right after LeBron passed him on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Kobe’s death shocked everyone. He was really young and had so much to offer. Kobe was traveling with his daughter Gianna and seven other people. No one survived the accident.
Kobe Bryant had a message of support for LeBron
LeBron misses Kobe and the same applies to pretty much every NBA player. Kobe was a real role model, and the world knew that.
“Of course, you think there’s going to be time for us to get together and I understand that there are regrets in life, but I definitely wish I had that moment with him,” LeBron told Yahoo Sports. “I do remember when I decided to come here, he sent me a text right away and said, ‘Welcome, brother. Welcome to the family.’ That was a special moment because at the time, Laker faithful wasn’t [fully in on me]. A lot of people were saying, ‘Well, we might not want LeBron at this point in his career,’ and, ‘Is he right? Is he going to get us back [to the Finals]?’ So to hear from him and get his stamp of approval, it meant a lot. I don’t ever question myself, but when it’s coming from Kobe, it definitely meant a lot.”
LeBron joined the Lakers at 33. He had played 15 seasons in the NBA at that point. Some said that his addition wouldn’t help the Lakers win a title. King James proved them wrong. The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Denver Nuggets and made the NBA Finals. How about that?
King James learned one important lesson. “We have to remember not to take life and people for granted,” he said.