LeBron James could not get his words right to speak on Sunday after the death of close friend and Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.
That changed on Monday night when Bron took to Instagram and finally spoke out.
“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!!”
LeBron was visibly distraught as he left the Lakers team plane on Sunday afternoon after the team found out the news.
It was just this past Saturday when LeBron reached yet another milestone in his career, passing Kobe for third on the all-time scoring list, and after the game, he reflected on how Kobe’s legacy has affected him as a player and as a person.
Kobe made it a point to congratulate LeBron on his achievement in what would be his final post:
Kobe was a five-time champion, two-time Finals MVP, a regular season MVP, an 18-time All-Star, a nine-time All-Defensive First Team selection, a two-time scoring champ, and a Slam Dunk Contest champ, to go along with countless other honors and awards. He was 41.