Footage of Lebron James in tears surfaced after reports of Kobe Bryant’s death along with his daughter emerged as his private helicopter crashed.
NBA and Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant’s death along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna shocked the world as innumerable messages poured in to express the grief of the unfortunate incident.
Many of the present NBA stars grew up idolizing Bryant and looked to be in trauma as soon as the news emerged in the mainstream media. Lebron James, who broke Bryant’s all-time NBA scoring charts just 24 hours prior to latter’s death was seen shredded in tears.
In footage appeared online, James can be seen mourning Bryant’s death while his team was travelling back to following a loss against the Philadelphia 76ers.
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Bryant’s final tweet symbolized passing off the torch to James after his compatriot passed all-time NBA tally.
In response, James honoured ‘Mamba’ with a message on his trainers during the game in Philadelphia and paid respect to him post-match when asked about Bryant’s influence on him.
He told ESPN: “Seeing him come straight out of high school, he is someone that I used as inspiration. It was like, wow. Seeing a kid, 17 years old, come into the NBA and trying to make an impact on a franchise, I used it as motivation.
“He helped me before he even knew of me because of what he was able to do. So, just to be able to, at this point of my career, to share the same jersey that he wore, be with this historical franchise and just represent the purple and gold, it’s very humbling and it’s dope.”
Here’s LeBron James talking warmly about Kobe Bryant’s influence after passing his career points record last night. Takes on a new poignancy now pic.twitter.com/RbyPzZym1r
— Ryan Baldi (@RyanBaldiFW) January 26, 2020
NBA games carried on as scheduled on Sunday, with Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs players paying tribute by allowing the shot clock to expire for 24-second violations on each of their first possessions.