Kobe Bryant and LeBron James always will be brothers in this life and other life. This brotherhood has been solidified by LeBron after signing with the Los Angeles Lakers and leading the team to the NBA Finals for the first time since Kobe.
Following winning the Western Conference Final game on Saturday, LeBron decided to tell Yahoo Sports about some regrets he has when he talked about Kobe.
The 35-year-old three-time NBA champion basketball player pointed out one of a few regrets in his life and he said that he wished he had the Western Conference Final win with the late basketball star.
Here’s what LeBron said:
“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.”
He continued and mentioned Kobe sent him a text message when he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. Telling that he was a hated player before coming to the Lakers, LeBron said how important it was for him to receive a welcome message from Kobe.
“I do remember when I decided to come here, he sent me a text right away and said, ‘Welcome, brother. Welcome to the family. 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 also told Yahoo Sports some of the questions he had planned on asking Kobe during the meeting that never happened. He added:
“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.
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.”
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