LeBron James Wrote Special Message on Sneakers in Lakers Game Before Kobe Bryant Passed Away

Peter Dewey
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The last game before Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant passed away was a special one.

That night, Lakers star forward LeBron James passed Bryant on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. In addition to that, the 16-time All-Star displayed a special message on his shoes to honor Bryant during the game.


James and Bryant had a very close relationship, as Bryant revealed back in 2016.

James is now following Bryant’s footsteps in Los Angeles, as he attempts to bring a championship back to the Lakers.

In his second season in the purple and gold, James is averaging 25.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and a career-high 10.6 assists per game.

He has led the Lakers to the second-best record in the NBA and the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

James, like many people worldwide, was greatly affected by Bryant’s death.


With the NBA season resuming in late July, it would be fitting if James and the Lakers could bring a title back to Los Angeles in Bryant’s honor.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.