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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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Kobe Bryant’s last tweet was congratulating LeBron James on passing him

Kobe Bryant’s final tweet before his death was a word of congratulation to the man who rewrote one of his NBA records.

LeBron James passed Bryant on the NBA’s all-time scoring list Saturday night, and James even paid tribute to Bryant on his shoes. In turn, Bryant sent a message of congratulations to Bryant via Twitter.

That proved to be the final tweet Bryant sent before his untimely death Sunday in a helicopter crash. He was only 41 years old.

We have yet to hear from James or other current Laker players, but they are likely absorbing the news and not ready to speak yet. It will be even more difficult for them to digest.

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

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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

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:
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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LeBron James writes tribute to Kobe Bryant on shoes night he passed him in scoring

LeBron James delivered a tribute to Kobe Bryant on the night that he passed the retired star on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

Saturday night in Philadlephia, LeBron needed 18 points to pass Kobe on the career scoring list. He hit that mark in the second half of the game and got a standing ovation during a timeout afterwards.

What was cool is that LeBron wrote a message on his shoes to honor Kobe. James wrote “Mamba 4 Life” and had the numbers 8 and 24, along with Kobe’s initials, written on the shoe. Kobe wore both 8 and 24 during his playing career.

James also surpassed Kobe while a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, which is another cool twist.

Passing Kobe had to be special for James considering LeBron’s history. In high school, James got the opportunity to meet Kobe and actually wore a pair of the former Lakers legend’s shoes during a game. James called that his “most fond moment” with Kobe.

Though Kobe and LeBron competed against each other for several years prior to Kobe’s retirement, Bryant was ecstatic about James choosing to sign with the Lakers. Bryant probably knew James would eventually pass him on the list, so seeing James do it in a Lakers uniform was probably a nice consolation.

Here was Kobe’s tweet on the matter:

LeBron James shows love to Kyrie Irving on Instagram

Whatever issues that existed between LeBron James and Kyrie Irving seem to have been patched up.

James’ Los Angeles Lakers faced Irving’s Nets in Brooklyn on Thursday and won the game. After the contest, James and Irving shook hands and shared a big hug.

James shared photos of that on Instagram, captioning it “Brothers! 3 years of eternal moments, memories. Young God was Epic!”

James calling the two of them “brothers” shows how they still feel about each other.

When Irving demanded a trade from the Cavaliers ahead of the 2017-2018 season, it was because he wanted to get away from James and lead his own franchise. Irving’s two seasons in Boston did not go well, and the young point guard learned just how difficult it is to lead your own team. That lesson helped him reconcile with LeBron.

There was even talk that Irving would be open to teaming up with James for the second time in their careers, though that ultimately did not happen. But it’s clear the two are on good terms after being teammates for four seasons in Cleveland.

Report: Lakers were bothered by Doc Rivers’ comments on LeBron James

Doc Rivers

Doc Rivers took a humorous dig a few months ago at the Los Angeles Lakers over the team’s handling of LeBron James, but apparently the rival team did not find the remarks so funny.

Back on December 17, Rivers was talking about the Clippers’ philosophy on load management. He said of the Lakers’ philosophy that it was probably “whatever LeBron says it is.”

While possibly accurate, that joke didn’t sit well with the Lakers, according to a story from The Athletic’s Jovan Buha and Sam Amick.

The two wrote in a story: “The irony was not lost on the Lakers, who sources say weren’t happy with the comment, in part, because of the perceived hypocrisy regarding the Clippers’ style with Leonard.”

It’s true; both teams are somewhat at the mercy of their respective superstars. Both teams were grateful that their stars chose them and don’t have a ton of leverage. Of course, both Kawhi and LeBron want to win championships, which in the end makes their goals aligned with their teams’ goals. But that does not mean everything will always be smooth. The same report even says the superstar treatment has bothered some Clippers players.

Video: LeBron James asked if he would team up with Bronny on Knicks

LeBron James

The rumor mill never stops in the NBA, especially when it comes to New York City.

LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers visited the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night and came away with a 100-92 win. MSG is a historic sports venue, and some even consider it the “Mecca” of basketball, so New York reporters often ask visiting players for their thoughts on playing in the city.

This time, they took things even farther, asking LeBron whether he would consider playing for the Knicks if his son, Bronny, gets drafted by the team one day. LeBron laughed at the question and put things in perspective, saying Bronny is only in ninth grade.

Bronny is old enough to have his Sierra Canyon games featured on TV and to have his own haters already. It won’t be long until he’s in the NBA, and LeBron has already said it’s his goal to play with his son before retiring.

Their NBA union may not happen with the Knicks, but it’s coming sooner than you think.

Child who threw food at LeBron James’ son Bronny apologizes in video

LeBron Bronny James

LeBron James called attention to a young boy who threw an object at LeBron’s son Bronny during a youth basketball tournament on Monday, and the child who was responsible has issued an apology.

In a video he posted on YouTube, the young Los Angeles Lakers fan apologized to Bronny and the James family for what he did. He showed off some of his Lakers and LeBron gear and said in the description of the video that he was “just trying to get Bronnys attention (and) didn’t want to hurt anyone.” The boy admitted he threw an orange peel at Bronny when the younger James was going to inbound the ball, and the child said his mother actually made him leave the game even after security was unable to identify who threw the item.

Here’s the full description that accompanied the video:

“I’m sorry @james family for what I did , I’m a huge fan and I was just trying to get bronnys attention I didn’t want to hurt anyone, I was actually there at Springfield college during hoophall I’m not lying or trying to “get clout “ I was in the front area seats the people around me were not my parents my parents were sitting a couple seats away because I wanted to sit closer , I was calling out bronnys name and just wanted him to see me the security never threw me out they never knew it was me but my mom still took me home we knew I was wrong and it not a good thing to do , believe me or not I want to send out an apology to bronny because me and my family discussed it and knew it was the right thing to do.”

LeBron called the boy out on Twitter on and said “hating has no age limit.” James also made it clear after the Lakers’ loss to the Boston Celtics on Monday night that he thought the act was “disrespectful” regardless of the child’s age.

“It’s just disrespectful, and it was a little kid too. I don’t know how old that little kid was, so I don’t know if he learned that on his own or if he learned it at home,” LeBron told reporters, according to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello. “Whatever the case may be, it’s disrespectful. I wonder how old that kid is, if he is the age around Bronny’s age [15] or [James’ son] Bryce’s age [12]. I’d like to see them try that while they’re paying attention.”

We’re talking about a young child here that doesn’t look like he could be any older than 10. Had an adult thrown something at Bronny, you could understand LeBron being so upset. We know how animated LeBron can be when supporting his family, but a global icon trying to hold a child accountable for a childish act seems like a bit much. Kudos to the kid and his parents for the apology in a situation where a lesson was obviously learned.

H/T MLive.com