Lakers star LeBron James pens emotional message after Kobe Bryant’s tragic helicopter incident
The four-time NBA MVP recently broke his silence about the tragic news of Bryant’s untimely passing on Sunday. Bryant, along with his daughter Gianna and seven others, were among the casualties of a fatal helicopter crash near Calabasas, California.
James took to Instagram to address the deceased Bryant, admitting it was hard for him to write something without getting choked up.
“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,” LeBron shared.
LeBron, who assumed the mantle as the face of LA since joining the team last year, vowed to keep the “Mamba Mentality” alive by pushing himself and the rest of the team to the best version they can be.
“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!”
LeBron's emotional message to Kobe Bryant's tragic helicopter incident. pic.twitter.com/WJcE2VOviJ
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Much like the rest of the current Lakers ensemble, James learned of Bryant’s passing while aboard a plane on their way back from a road game against the Philadelphia 76ers. A heartbroken James was seen getting consoled by several people as soon as he got off the plane.
An earlier report also revealed that James just talked to Bryant just hours before the tragic incident. James even allowed his teammates to listen in on the conversation by putting their call on a speaker.
Kobe Bryant’s death comes a day after LeBron James passed him for third All-Time in the NBA scoring list. Contrary to his reputation as a selfish player, Bryant was anything but that in his final moments. His last social media activity was a tribute to James for continuing to hold the Lakers to high standards.