LeBron James on Kobe Bryant: “He helped me before he even knew of me because of what he was able to do”

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Following the Los Angeles Lakers’ 100-92 win over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night, point forward LeBron James remains 44 points behind Kobe Bryant for No. 3 on NBA’s All-Time scoring list. After the game, James was asked what does it mean to pass Kobe:

“I don’t know. I haven’t really thought about it too much. It’s another guy that I looked up to when I was in grade school and high school and seeing him come straight out of high school… he’s someone that I use as inspiration. I was like, wow, seeing a kid of 17-years-old coming into the NBA and trying to make an impact on a franchise.

I used that as motivation. He helped me before he even knew of me because of what he was able to do. Just to be able to at this point in my career to share the same jersey that he wore, be with this historical franchise and just represent the purple and gold is very humbling. It’s dope. Kobe’s a legend, that’s for damn sure,” James said, per Lakers Nation.

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