Kobe Bryant and LeBron James will forever be linked together. From the two both donning the Purple and Gold of the Los Angeles Lakers, to Bryant acting like an older brother to James, to, finally, the debate between the legacy of the two on the basketball court, their relationship was one that can only be understood by the men themselves.
Given the devastating news of Kobe Bryant’s death the other day — in which he, his 13-year-old daughter and seven other passengers passed away in a helicopter accident — it was only a matter of time until we heard what James was going through. And, while the grieving continues following the terrible incident that happened just over 36 hours ago, the four-time league MVP did his best to pay homage to one of his best friends.
Turning to Instagram, James’ heartfelt words can be heavily felt, so take a look below at what he had to say about Bryant.
Here’s what James had to say about his friend.
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❤️🙏🏾
Obviously, words can’t do the pain LeBron James is feeling justice, and, as he described, just thinking about Kobe Bryant makes him cry. The loss is one that millions of people are feeling, and the NBA world — along with superstar athletes from other sports — are paying condolences as they share inspirational stories about Kobe. Bryant truly was an icon, and one that, seemingly, was always working behind the scenes to improve the lives of everyone he came in contact with.
As LeBron James so eloquently described in his Instagram post, the brotherhood between he and Kobe Bryant will forever continue, and it’s something that no one but the two of them will fully understand. Blessed up to all those impacted by the horrific tragedy.