“Sitting here trying to write something for this post but every time I try, I begin crying again thinking about you, niece Gigi and the friendship, bond and brotherhood we had,” James wrote.
On Saturday night, James passed Bryant as the third-highest scorer in NBA history during the Lakers’ game against the Philadelphia 76ers. In addition to tweeting his congratulations to James, in what would be his final social post ever, Bryant called James before the team flew back from Philadelphia.
“Didn’t think for one bit in a million years that would be the last conversation we have,” James added. “WTF. I’m heartbroken and devastated my brother.”
James, who joined the Lakers in 2018, sent his condolences to Bryant’s wife Vanessa children and vowed to continue Kobe’s legacy in Los Angeles.
“It’s my responsibility to put this sh-t on my back and keep it going.”
Read the full message below.
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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 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! 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❤️🙏🏾
Bryant, along with his 13 year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people were killed Sunday morning when their private helicopter crashed in Calabasas.