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Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James breaks silence on Kobe Bryant's death with heartfelt Instagram post

From a current Los Angeles Lakers star to a Lakers legend, LeBron James broke his silence on the tragic news of Kobe Bryant's death with an Instagram post to honour his late friend, teammate and rival.

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❤️🙏🏾

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"I promise you I'll continue your legacy man!" James stated within his heartfelt post.

LeBron had just passed Kobe on the all-time scoring list the day prior to his death and Bryant immediately sent his love to James.

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LeBron had also shown love to Kobe during that game with a pair of customized kicks that honoured both he and Bryant's NBA legacy.

How cool is that! #NBAKicks

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James also wrote a handwritten message on the side of his kicks stating the same hashtag at the end of his Instagram tribute to Bryant, reading "Mamba 4 Life."

Kobe had reportedly called LeBron after the Lakers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in Bryant's home city, congratulating James on passing him on the all-time scoring list. "Didn't think for one bit in a million years that would be the last conversation we'd have," LeBron wrote in his caption.

James will have the opportunity to carry Kobe's legacy in trying to lead the first-place Lakers to an NBA title this year in the Mamba's honour.

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