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LeBron James feels the love from I Promise students after passing Kobe Bryant

LeBron James, Lakers, I Promise School

LeBron James became the third-leading scorer in NBA history on Saturday night, passing Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant on the all-time list. Several personalities around the NBA already sent their congratulatory messages for The King, including The Black Mamba himself.

However, arguably none of them touched LeBron James’ heart more than the montage of messages and congratulations he received from the kids at the I Promise School:

The kids at the I Promise School obviously have a special place in the three-time NBA champion’s heart.

LeBron James has done a lot to give back to the community, but none of his off-court contributions are as big as the I Promise School. The four-time MVP became the off-court MVP when he famously opened the school in 2018 in his hometown of Akron. Fully funded by the LeBron James Family Foundation, the school aims to help at-risk children in the community.

James surpassed Bryant when he made a layup in the third quarter of their Saturday night matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Lakers star had 29 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds on the night, but unfortunately, the Sixers played spoiler for The King’s special evening as they defeated the Lakers, 108-91.

LeBron James officially finished the night with 33,655 total points through his storied 17-year career. He now trails just Karl Malone (36,928) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) on the historic list.

James is motivated to lead the Lakers to the NBA championship this June. Despite the loss on Saturday, Los Angeles still sits atop the Western Conference with a 36-10 record. The Lakers are 3.5 games ahead of the second-seeded Utah Jazz.

Perhaps these messages from the kids could serve as extra motivation for LeBron James as he continues to embark on his personal mission of capturing his fourth NBA title.