LeBron James Reveals One Regret Has Has About Kobe Bryant

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Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but LeBron James has punched his ticket to the NBA Finals. You have heard that statement 10 times, which is a statement you can make about only three other players in NBA history. Mind-numbing.

In his first season with the Lakers, Bron is taking the franchise to its first Finals appearance in a decade, the last being a guy named Kobe Bryant.

Following his Western Conference Finals win on Saturday, LeBron spoke to Yahoo Sports about the regrets he has about failing to re-connect in person with Kobe before his passing.

“Of course, you think there’s going to be time for us to get together and I understand that there are regrets in life, but I definitely wish I had that moment with him.”

“I do remember when I decided to come here, he sent me a text right away and said, ‘Welcome, brother. Welcome to the family,'” He continued. “That was a special moment because at the time, Laker faithful wasn’t [fully in on me]. A lot of people were saying, ‘Well, we might not want LeBron at this point in his career,’ and, ‘Is he right? Is he going to get us back [to the Finals]?’ So to hear from him and get his stamp of approval, it meant a lot. I don’t ever question myself, but when it’s coming from Kobe, it definitely meant a lot.”

LeBron spoke about the missed opportunity to mine information from the Laker legend about playing for one of the most revered franchises in all of sports.

“When I played in Cleveland, I grew up 35 minutes away from there, and so I kind of knew the people. When I went down to Miami, [Dwyane Wade] was able to give me the blueprint on that. But I never played for a historic franchise like the Lakers,” he said. “It’s probably like when [Alex Rodriguez] went to the Yankees. He probably heard from [Derek] Jeter on what it’s going to take to play in front of this. It’s different from playing with the Mariners. It’s different from the Rangers. I would have definitely loved to get that side of what it takes, what does it take to win over Laker faithful or how can I make them appreciate my game. … That would have been something to pick his brain on.”

“And then probably talk about us never meeting in the Finals. Just apologizing to him. In f—ing ’09 when I lost to Dwight [Howard], that would have been a great conversation for sure. You know, just to be like, we didn’t give the people what they wanted. We didn’t give them what they wanted.”

“Job’s not finished.” -Mamba

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