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James LeBron Breaks Silence On Kobe Bryant's Death

James LeBron Breaks Silence On Kobe Bryant's Death
James LeBron Breaks Silence On Kobe Bryant's Death
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LeBron James heard Kobe Bryant's "voice" the day his longtime friend, mastermind and former Olympic teammate died with his teenage daughter in a plane crash. Now LeBron tells how he feels after the tragedy.

Of the many celebrity posts that erupted in the wake of Kobe Bryant's shocking death, many were worried about LeBron James's reaction. After a day of silence mourning the death of his 41-year-old friend and Kobe's 13-year-old daughter, Gianna (Gigi), LeBron finally gave Kobe a tribute that left him heartbroken to millions of Instagram followers on January 27. “I'm not ready, but I'm going,” LeBron began. “The person I'm thinking about right now is trying to write something for this post, but every time I try I start crying again, just thinking about you, Gigi's niece and the friendship, connection, brotherhood that we had !"

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LeBron is especially struggling with mixed emotions, seeing that he just finished 3rd on the NBA record standings on the eve of the crash. Now that it’s bitter to think, LeBron was wearing Nike sneakers marked with the words “Mamb4 Life” as he scored the points needed to surpass Kobe's personal best against Philadelphia 76ers. Kobe was known as the "Black Mamba". Stunned at how this tragedy happened so quickly, LeBron continued to write: “I literally just heard your voice on Sunday morning before leaving Philadelphia to return to Los Angeles. Never in a million years did I think that this would be the last conversation we had !! I am heartbroken and devastated by my brother!"

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As the new face of the Lakers, whom LeBron joined after Kobe left the same team in 2016, LeBron knows he must continue to inherit Kobe, who has earned five NBA victories. “I love you big bro. My heart is now next to Vanessa (Kobe's wife) and children (Kobe's other daughters Natalia, 17, Bianca, 3, and Capri, 7 months). I promise you, I will continue your inheritance! You mean so much to all of us, especially # LakerNation💜💛, and it is my responsibility to put this weight on my back and keep going! LeBron said. You can read the rest of his hot tweet. LeBron even changed his avatar to a sentimental photo of Kobe holding his daughter, Gianna, who trained continuously with her father to become a WNBA star one day.

LeBron was only 15 years old when he met Kobe at youth basketball camp. Throughout their two-year friendship, the NBA stars never played together at the Lakers, although they both teamed up to represent the United States in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Kobe's last tweet was even about LeBron. “Continuing to push the game forward @KingJames. I have a lot of respect for my brother # 33644,”Kobe wrote on January 25, just after LeBron's total career points climbed to 33,655 that Saturday night, taking him from fourth to third in the NBA overall standings.

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LeBron lost his friend after Kobe's Sikorsky S-76B helicopter crashed in Calabasas on Sunday morning, 26 January. Kobe was aboard the helicopter with his daughter Gianna, Gianna's basketball teammates Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester, and teen basketball coach Christina Mauser. Other parents also traveled by helicopter: Alyssa's parents John and Keri Altobelli and Payton's mother Sarah Chester. The helicopter was heading to Mamba Sports Academy in Newbury Park, where Gianna played in the tournament that day. There were no survivors, and the cause of the crash is still being investigated. Heavy fog caused aircraft police helicopters not to depart that morning, although pilot Ara Zobayan, who also died, was allowed to fly as air traffic controllers gave him the green light to use special visual flight rules, according to audio received. Kobe was only 41 years old when he left the world.

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