LeBron James is devastated by the loss of his friend and colleague, Kobe Bryant.
Kobe Bryant's death in a chopper accident on Sunday, January 26, 2020, has left his family, friends, and fans reeling.
Heartfelt tributes have poured in from all over the world, but none is more moving than that of LeBron James, who posted his own eulogy to the NBA legend on social media.
LeBron had last spoken with Kobe just hours before his death
LeBron James and Kobe Bryant at the 2012 London Olympics/ Source: Getty Images
LeBron confessed that he is still in shock, and is struggling to come to terms with what has happened.
LeBron had last spoken with Kobe just hours before his death on Sunday morning when he called The Lakers star to congratulate him on having knocked him down from third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
Kobe Bryant with his family after his #8 and #24 Los Angeles Lakers jerseys are retired at Staples Center in 2017/ Source: Getty Images
“Didn’t think for one bit in a million years that would be the last conversation we’d have.”
Kobe, who is regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, is a 5-time NBA champion, played on two U.S. Olympic teams in 2008 and 2012, and is a future Hall of Famer.
His fellow players and athletes from all over the world are grieving and paying tribute to a legend who died too young.
The Lakers have postponed their game against the Clippers scheduled for January 30, and have yet to announce the new date for the match.
Kobe Bryant played his entire career until his retirement in 2016 for the LA Lakers.
Kobe Bryant's last post on Instagram was a tribute to LeBron James and his incredible prowess.
LeBron had just outed Kobe from his third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with his 33,645th point the night before, and the retired NBA legend congratulated him on his achievement.
Kobe followed up the post with a personal call to LeBron, mere hours before the accident that claimed his life.