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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Video: LeBron James has emotional reaction to Kobe Bryant news

LeBron James

The Los Angeles Lakers were on a team flight from Philadelphia to Los Angeles on Sunday when news of Kobe Bryant’s death came out, and it was clear the players were shaken upon their arrival back home.

LeBron James was in tears as he departed the team plane, embracing several people on the tarmac while wiping his eyes.

James looked up to Bryant immensely. In fact, on Saturday, James had paid tribute to Bryant when passing Kobe on the career scoring list. Bryant’s final tweet was congratulating James on that feat. Add in the fact that James joined Bryant’s organization and has been working to bring the Lakers back to relevance and this becomes an even more emotional scenario for James and his teammates.

More Larry Brown Sports coverage of Kobe Bryant’s death:

Other victims of the helicopter crash:
John Altobelli, junior college baseball coach, also died in helicopter crash
Christina Mauser, girls’ basketball coach, among the helicopter crash victims

Tributes to Kobe:
Dallas Mavericks retire Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 jersey
Shaq posts heartfelt tribute to Kobe Bryant
Michael Jordan releases statement on death of ‘little brother’ Kobe Bryant
Video: Raptors, Spurs start game with amazing tribute to Kobe Bryant
Video: Doc Rivers breaks down crying talking about Kobe Bryant
Phil Jackson calls Kobe Bryant ‘a chosen one’ in statement on his death
NBA commissioner Adam Silver issues statement on death of Kobe Bryant
Video: Dwyane Wade posts emotional message reacting to Kobe Bryant’s death
Kendrick Perkins extends olive branch to Kevin Durant after Kobe Bryant’s death
Video: Emotional Mike Breen sums up NBA world’s emotions about Kobe Bryant’s death
Trae Young’s huge game was full of Kobe Bryant-related statistical coincidences

More coverage:
Media errors, rumors, poor judgment run rampant in reporting of Kobe Bryant news
Kobe Bryant checked in on Shaq’s son Shareef morning of helicopter crash
No, Rick Fox did not die in helicopter crash that killed Kobe, Gianna Bryant
Lakers fans start memorial to Kobe Bryant outside Staples Center
Kobe Bryant’s last tweet was congratulating LeBron James on passing him
Sports world stunned over Kobe Bryant news
Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash – dead at 41

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