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Friday, April 10, 2020

LeBron James

Incredible LeBron James reverse dunk photo goes viral

LeBron James

LeBron James will turn 36 later this year, but the four-time NBA MVP proved on Thursday night that he is still capable of electrifying a crowd — and a camera lens — with his freak athleticism.

LeBron had a rough night in a 121-11 loss to the Houston Rockets, as he scored just 18 points and went 1-for-8 from three-point range. However, he did spring free for a breakaway dunk at one point, and he did not disappoint. LeBron threw down a reverse jam that led to one of the best in-game photos you will ever see.

That’s about as close to walking on air as it gets. Here are a couple angles of the dunk itself:

Best of all, the dunk actually was a recreation of a past one by Kobe.

LeBron prides himself on remaining in tremendous shape, and he has reminded us of that on multiple occasions with his thoughts on load management. The fact that he is still playing at such a high level at his age is probably one of the most underrated parts of his legacy, but that photo from Thursday’s game is a nice refresher.

LeBron James explains why he chose for his All-Star team to wear No. 2

LeBron James speech

There will be numerous tributes to Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna at the NBA All-Star Game this month, and one of them involves the jersey numbers each team will wear. LeBron James was given the choice of whether he wanted his team to wear No. 2 or No. 24, and he had a great reason for choosing No. 2.

Gianna Bryant wore No. 2 for her youth basketball teams, and LeBron was asked on Monday why he opted for his team to wear her number and not Kobe’s. James simply said “Zhuri,” which is his daughter’s name.

LeBron has three kids — Bronny, Bryce and Zhuri. Zhuri is 5 years old and the youngest. Like many others, LeBron likely cannot fathom the pain of losing a child, and it makes sense that he chose to honor Gianna. The other All-Star team is captained by Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is 25 and does not have any children.

The NBA has made a major format change to the All-Star Game that includes a tribute to Kobe, and the night will surely be another emotional one. It’s very fitting that LeBron — who gave a touching speech about Kobe, Gianna and the others who lost their lives in the helicopter crash last week — is captaining one of the squads.

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Tributes to Kobe:
Vanessa Bryant posts first Instagram message since death of Kobe, Gianna
NBA players changing jersey numbers in honor of Kobe Bryant
Clippers leave Kobe Bryant’s retired Lakers jerseys uncovered at Staples Center
Bill Belichick shares touching anecdote in tribute to Kobe Bryant
UConn honors Gianna Bryant with own jersey, spot on the bench
Jeanie Buss shares emotional tribute to Kobe, Gianna Bryant on Instagram
Kobe Bryant could have street named after him near Staples Center
Video: Shaq gets emotional talking about Kobe Bryant on TNT
Shareef O’Neal shares most important advice Kobe Bryant gave him
LeBron James had inspirational message for Lakers during meeting about Kobe
Video: See LeBron’s tribute speech to Kobe before Lakers game
Dallas Mavericks retire Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 jersey
Video: Raptors, Spurs start game with amazing tribute to Kobe Bryant
Shaq posts heartfelt tribute to Kobe Bryant
Michael Jordan releases statement on death of ‘little brother’ 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
Gilbert Arenas vows to begin coaching career like Kobe Bryant urged him to
Video: Emotional Mike Breen sums up NBA world’s emotions about Kobe Bryant’s death
Damian Lillard puts Kobe Bryant into context with great quote
Chiefs, 49ers honor Kobe Bryant by lining up at 24-yard line before Super Bowl
Trae Young’s huge game was full of Kobe Bryant-related statistical coincidences

More coverage:
Video: Kobe Bryant helicopter audio released
Investigators release chilling drone footage from Kobe Bryant helicopter crash site
Media errors, rumors, poor judgment run rampant in reporting of Kobe Bryant news
TMZ says they had permission from Kobe’s people to report Bryant had died
NBA postpones Tuesday’s Lakers-Clippers game after Kobe Bryant’s death
Shaq says he had not spoken to Kobe Bryant in nearly four years
Kobe Bryant recently filed for ‘Mambacita’ trademark for daughter Gianna
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

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
Sarah Chester, daughter Payton were also killed in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash
Ara Zobayan was the pilot in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

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Video: LeBron James speaks from heart in speech honoring Kobe Bryant

LeBron James speech

Only one player spoke during the pregame ceremony honoring the late Kobe Bryant, and it was LeBron James.

The current Los Angeles Lakers star had a piece of paper with his speech written down, but he put it aside and said he was going to speak from the heart instead.

James began by recognizing each of the nine people who died in Sunday’s helicopter crash. He spoke about family, what Kobe meant to him, and he tried to make the focus on Kobe a positive one.

Here is LeBron James’ speech:

James’ speech, beginning with the curse word and casting aside the paper, was reminiscent of David Ortiz’s speech in 2013 after the Boston Marathon bombing. Ortiz dropped an F-bomb, showing just how real he was in that moment, endearing himself to the city. LeBron did the same in this speech.

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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
Sarah Chester, daughter Payton were also killed in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash
Ara Zobayan was the pilot in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

Tributes to Kobe:
Vanessa Bryant posts first Instagram message since death of Kobe, Gianna
NBA players changing jersey numbers in honor of Kobe Bryant
Clippers leave Kobe Bryant’s retired Lakers jerseys uncovered at Staples Center
Bill Belichick shares touching anecdote in tribute to Kobe Bryant
UConn honors Gianna Bryant with own jersey, spot on the bench
Jeanie Buss shares emotional tribute to Kobe, Gianna Bryant on Instagram
Kobe Bryant could have street named after him near Staples Center
Video: Shaq gets emotional talking about Kobe Bryant on TNT
LeBron James had inspirational message for Lakers during meeting about Kobe
Dallas Mavericks retire Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 jersey
Video: Raptors, Spurs start game with amazing tribute to Kobe Bryant
Shaq posts heartfelt tribute to Kobe Bryant
Michael Jordan releases statement on death of ‘little brother’ 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
Gilbert Arenas vows to begin coaching career like Kobe Bryant urged him to
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:
Video: Kobe Bryant helicopter audio released
Investigators release chilling drone footage from Kobe Bryant helicopter crash site
Media errors, rumors, poor judgment run rampant in reporting of Kobe Bryant news
TMZ says they had permission from Kobe’s people to report Bryant had died
NBA postpones Tuesday’s Lakers-Clippers game after Kobe Bryant’s death
Shaq says he had not spoken to Kobe Bryant in nearly four years
Kobe Bryant recently filed for ‘Mambacita’ trademark for daughter Gianna
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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LeBron James gets Kobe Bryant Black Mamba tribute tattoo

LeBron James Kobe Bryant tattoo

LeBron James memorialized late Lakers legend Kobe Bryant with a tribute tattoo.

LeBron shared two photo on his Instagram account Friday. The first photo shows James leaning against Kobe. The second photo featured James’ tattoo. The tattoo features a Black Mamba snake, Kobe’s numbers 8 and 24, and a rose. It says “Mamba 4 Life” underneath it.

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My brother #Mamba4Life #RIPKobe #RIPGiGi

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Though the two were marketed as rivals by Nike when they played against each other, James and Bryant were actually close. Bryant was supportive of LeBron signing with the Lakers and congratulated James on passing him on the all-time scoring list.

James has already vowed to carry on Kobe’s legacy.

LeBron James had inspirational message for Lakers during meeting about Kobe

The Los Angeles Lakers are preparing to move forward with their season amid the biggest tragedy in franchise history, and LeBron James has assured his teammates he is ready to bear the burden of losing a brother.

Bill Oram of The Athletic provided a look inside a meeting Lakers executives, coaches and players held on Tuesday, which was two days after Kobe Bryant, Kobe’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others died in a helicopter accident. The room sat silent at first before LeBron finally said “I’ll go” and stood up to address the team.

James spoke for more than 10 minutes as basically the entire organization — including Lakers owner Jeannie Buss — listened attentively. LeBron reminisced about the past, talking about the times he squared off against Kobe and the two Olympics he spent with Bryant as teammates. Eventually James addressed how the team would move forward, and Oram was told LeBron delivered a powerful message.

“God gave me wide shoulders for a reason,” LeBron said.

LeBron’s message for the team sounds like it was not unlike the one he shared on social media after Kobe’s death. LeBron said in an Instagram post on Monday that he is “heartbroken” and “devastated” but vowed to carry out Bryant’s legacy. Dozens of NBA players are going to feel like they are “playing for Kobe” this season, but LeBron is the one player who has the most control over bringing another championship to Los Angeles in Kobe’s honor.

The Lakers are undoubtedly going to have ups and downs in the wake of Kobe’s death, but LeBron sounds like he is prepared to do everything he can on the court to help LA heal.

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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
Sarah Chester, daughter Payton were also killed in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash
Ara Zobayan was the pilot in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

Tributes to Kobe:
NBA players changing jersey numbers in honor of Kobe Bryant
Bill Belichick shares touching anecdote in tribute to Kobe Bryant
UConn honors Gianna Bryant with own jersey, spot on the bench
Video: Shaq gets emotional talking about Kobe Bryant on TNT
Dallas Mavericks retire Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 jersey
Video: Raptors, Spurs start game with amazing tribute to Kobe Bryant
Shaq posts heartfelt tribute to Kobe Bryant
Michael Jordan releases statement on death of ‘little brother’ 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
Gilbert Arenas vows to begin coaching career like Kobe Bryant urged him to
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:
Investigators release chilling drone footage from Kobe Bryant helicopter crash site
Video: Kobe Bryant helicopter audio released
Media errors, rumors, poor judgment run rampant in reporting of Kobe Bryant news
TMZ says they had permission from Kobe’s people to report Bryant had died
NBA postpones Tuesday’s Lakers-Clippers game after Kobe Bryant’s death
Kobe Bryant recently filed for ‘Mambacita’ trademark for daughter Gianna
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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LeBron James promises to continue Kobe Bryant’s legacy in Instagram note

LeBron James on Monday night issued his first public statement about Kobe Bryant since the retired Lakers legend’s death on Sunday.

In a moving statement posted on Instagram, James admitted he was not mentally ready to share his thoughts, but he did his best anyway. James said he was “heartbroken” and “devastated” over the tragic news. James promised to continue Bryant’s legacy.

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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! 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. WTF!! I’m heartbroken and devastated my brother!! . Man I love you big bro. My heart goes to Vanessa and the kids. 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 on my back and keep it going!! Please give me the strength from the heavens above and watch over me! I got US here! There’s so much more I want to say but just can’t right now because I can’t get through it! Until we meet again my brother!! #Mamba4Life #Gigi4Life

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“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! 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. WTF!! I’m heartbroken and devastated my brother!! . Man I love you big bro. My heart goes to Vanessa and the kids. 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 s— on my back and keep it going!! Please give me the strength from the heavens above and watch over me! I got US here! There’s so much more I want to say but just can’t right now because I can’t get through it! Until we meet again my brother!! #Mamba4Life #Gigi4Life” James wrote.

Kobe Bryant took the torch of NBA greatness from Michael Jordan, and LeBron James took it from there. Then LeBron decided to sign with the Lakers three seasons after Kobe’s retirement, receiving a full endorsement from Bryant when doing so.

James’ remark about continuing the legacy shows just how much these great athletes understand their places in history. The know how much they mean to the league, the sport, and the world, and they work to be good role models, players, and people off the court, on top of being outstanding competitors on it.

James, like many other players around the league, will be even more inspired to try winning a championship for Bryant.

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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
Sarah Chester, daughter Payton were also killed in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash
Ara Zobayan was the pilot in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

Tributes to Kobe:
NBA players changing jersey numbers in honor of Kobe Bryant
Bill Belichick shares touching anecdote in tribute to Kobe Bryant
UConn honors Gianna Bryant with own jersey, spot on the bench
Dallas Mavericks retire Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 jersey
Video: Raptors, Spurs start game with amazing tribute to Kobe Bryant
Shaq posts heartfelt tribute to Kobe Bryant
Michael Jordan releases statement on death of ‘little brother’ 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:
Investigators release chilling drone footage from Kobe Bryant helicopter crash site
Video: Kobe Bryant helicopter audio released
Media errors, rumors, poor judgment run rampant in reporting of Kobe Bryant news
NBA postpones Tuesday’s Lakers-Clippers game after Kobe Bryant’s death
Kobe Bryant recently filed for ‘Mambacita’ trademark for daughter Gianna
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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Kobe Bryant, LeBron James had final phone call Saturday night

LeBron James and several other Los Angeles Lakers players heard from Kobe Bryant for what would be the final time on Saturday night.

James passed Bryant on the NBA’s all-time scoring list in Saturday night’s game. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Bryant and James spoke on the phone after that game, and several of James’ Laker teammates listened in.

Bryant was still a commanding presence around the Laker organization when he died. James and his teammates all looked up to Bryant, who offered guidance and served as a mentor to many of them. It has to be haunting for these players to have heard Bryant’s voice just hours before he died in a helicopter crash.

Lakers players and staff have been meeting with grief counselors throughout the day on Monday. Their scheduled game Tuesday has already been postponed due to the emotional state of everyone associated with the organization.

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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
Sarah Chester, daughter Payton were also killed in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash
Ara Zobayan was the pilot in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

Tributes to Kobe:
Dallas Mavericks retire Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 jersey
Video: Raptors, Spurs start game with amazing tribute to Kobe Bryant
Shaq posts heartfelt tribute to Kobe Bryant
Michael Jordan releases statement on death of ‘little brother’ 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:
Video: Kobe Bryant helicopter audio released
Media errors, rumors, poor judgment run rampant in reporting of Kobe Bryant news
NBA postpones Tuesday’s Lakers-Clippers game after Kobe Bryant’s death
Kobe Bryant recently filed for ‘Mambacita’ trademark for daughter Gianna
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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