LeBron James pens note to Kobe Bryant: ‘I’m heartbroken and devastated’

LeBron James pens note to Kobe Bryant: ‘I’m heartbroken and devastated’

A day after Kobe Bryant’s death, LeBron James made his first public statement with an Instagram note penned to his fallen friend and former rival.

James posted the message Monday evening, two days after he passed Bryant on the NBA’s all-time scoring list in a game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

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James wrote that he spoke with Bryant on Sunday morning after he achieved the milestone.

“I’m heartbroken and devastated my brother,” James wrote. “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.”

James and Bryant spoke late after James achieved the milestone, a conversation that his Lakers teammates listened in on, according to The Athletic.

That conversation is presumably the one James refers to in his message.

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