LeBron James on Kobe Bryant: “As I got drafted I still just admired him”

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LeBron James finished Saturday night’s game with 29 points (9/18 FG, 1/6 3PT, 10/13 FT), seven boards and eight assists, adding a steal and eight turnovers in 35 minutes of action in the JaVale McGee-less Los Angeles Lakers’ 91-108 loss against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. James has passed Kobe Bryant and moved to 3rd on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. The Lakers have lost three of their last six games but still sit atop the Western Coference with a 36-10 record, while the Sixers improved to 30-17. After the game, LeBron talked on his relationship with Kobe:

“It’s just too much. It’s too much. The story is too much. It doesn’t make sense. Just to make a long story short, now I’m here in a Lakers uniform, in Philadelphia, where he’s from. The first time I ever met him, gave me his shoes on All-Star Weekend. It’s surreal. It doesn’t make no sense, but the universe just puts things in your life. And I guess when you live in the right way, when you just give it everything to whatever you’re doing, things happen organically.

And it’s not supposed to make sense, but it just happens. And I’m happy just to be in any conversation with Kobe Bean Bryant, one of the all-time greatest basketball players to ever play, one of the all-time greatest Lakers. The man has two jerseys hanging up in Staples Center. It’s just crazy,” James said, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN.