Just recently, Lebron James gave a eulogy to ‘brother’ Kobe Bryant before the first Lakers game since the tragic helicopter accident. Lakers were set to play the Portland Trail Blazers in the first game after Kobe Bryant’s passing.
Prior to the game, the team and fans gathered and celebrated the life of the late basketball superstar with tributes – wearing No.8 and No.24 during the warmups, performances by music artists, and a moment of silence for Kobe. Later on, LeBron James took center stage and acknowledged the people affected by Kobe’s passing, including the names of the victims of the tragic helicopter accident.
“Now, I’ve got something written down. They asked me to kind of stay on course. But Laker Nation I would be selling you short if I read from this s—, so I’m gonna speak from the heart,” LeBron starts his speech (in an article published by Business Insider).
“Now I know at some point we’ll have a memorial for Kobe, but I look at this as a celebration tonight. Kobe is a brother to me. From the time I was in high school, watching him from afar, to getting in this league at 18, watching him up close. All of the battles that we had throughout my career. The one thing that we always shared was that determination to just want to win, and just want to be great. And the fact that I’m here now means so much to me. I want to continue along with my teammates, to continue his legacy not only for this year but for as long as we can play the game of basketball because that’s what Kobe Bryant would want. So in the words of Kobe Bryant, ‘Mamba Out.’ But in the of us, ‘Not forgotten.’ Live on brother,”states LeBron James.
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