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While they were once rivals on the court and have fervent fanbases that often argue the merits of their respective greatnesses against one another, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant share a mutual respect that was on display Sunday during and after the Los Angeles Lakers‘ 122-101 win over the Atlanta Hawks.
Bryant attended the game with his daughter, Gigi, and James spoke glowingly of the pair after a 33-point, 12-assist, seven-rebound outing.
“That’s one of the greatest players to ever play this game, taking time out of his day on a Sunday,” James told reporters. “So I’m just trying to put on a show for him and give him a reason, like, ‘OK, we might come to another game.'”
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Lakers’ LeBron James on Kobe Bryant: “I grew up watching him, admiring him. I was one of the kids who came from high school. He did it. It’s so surreal for me as a kid from Akron to have a guy like Kobe take time out of his day. Even at this point of my career it’s still special