LeBron lead the Los Angeles Lakers to the NBA Finals for the first time since Kobe carried them to a championship.
Following the game on Saturday, LeBron opened up to Yahoo Sports about one of the few regrets he has when it comes to the late Kobe Bryant.
Reportedly, when LBJ announced he was signing with the Lakers in the summer of 2018, he had plans on meeting with Kobe Bryant and discuss the ins and outs of Los Angeles, the Lakers franchise and what would be expected of him upon his arrival, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Unfortunately, due to the two’s conflicting schedule, they couldn’t find time to meet. Each time they came across one another, the meeting was brought up, but it kept getting put it off. LeBron regrets that until this day.
“Of course, you think there’s going to be time for us to get together and I understand that there are regrets in life, but I definitely wish I had that moment with him,” James told Yahoo Sports. “I do remember when I decided to come here, he sent me a text right away and said, ‘Welcome, brother. Welcome to the family.’ That was a special moment because at the time, Laker faithful wasn’t [fully in on me]. A lot of people were saying, ‘Well, we might not want LeBron at this point in his career,’ and, ‘Is he right? Is he going to get us back [to the Finals]?’ So to hear from him and get his stamp of approval, it meant a lot. I don’t ever question myself, but when it’s coming from Kobe, it definitely meant a lot.”
LeBron also shared some of the questions he had planned on asking Kobe during the meeting that never happened.
“When I played in Cleveland, I grew up 35 minutes away from there, and so I kind of knew the people. When I went down to Miami, [Dwyane Wade] was able to give me the blueprint on that. But I never played for a historic franchise like the Lakers,” he said. “It’s probably like when [Alex Rodriguez] went to the Yankees. He probably heard from [Derek] Jeter on what it’s going to take to play in front of this. It’s different from playing with the Mariners. It’s different from the Rangers. I would have definitely loved to get that side of what it takes, what does it take to win over Laker faithful or how can I make them appreciate my game. … That would have been something to pick his brain on.”
Rest In Peace, Kobe.