Lakers superstar LeBron James proceeds to explain how he and Kobe Bryant are so similar

Robert Marvi
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The last time the Los Angeles Lakers reached the NBA Finals, Kobe Bryant was in the process of leading them to their fifth championship in 11 seasons.

Now, LeBron James has taken the storied franchise to the championship series himself.

After eliminating the Denver Nuggets in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, the four-time MVP talked about the similarities between himself and the Black Mamba.

Unlike Bryant, James dealt with plenty of disappointment early in his career. He not only lost in his first two trips to the Finals, but he played poorly in the process.

Plenty of criticism was levied towards him as a result, but James rebounded and won back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013, then added a third in 2016.

Now, each of his nine most recent trips to the postseason has resulted in a championship series appearance.

By getting through the always-stacked Western Conference, James has also answered the critics who diminished his eight straight Eastern Conference titles by pointing out the relative weakness of his competition there.

Ever since Bryant died in a helicopter crash in January, James vowed to honor his memory by bringing the Lakers a championship.

The 17-year veteran will now have a chance to do just that.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif., and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s and fell in love with the Nick Van Exel-led Lakers teams. He truly cherishes the Kobe Bryant-era of Lakers basketball and the five world championships that came with it, and is looking forward to the team's next NBA title.