LeBron James looked up to Kobe Bryant and when the basketball player passed away alongside his daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash, LeBron was devastated. Kobe Bryant meant a lot to millions of people around the world and his death is still surreal to many. Yesterday, Kobe and Gianna Bryant were given a public memorial at the Staples Center which was attended by thousands of people. Numerous speeches were given throughout the event, including from Vanessa Bryant who offered a beautiful eulogy of her husband and daughter.
Vanessa's speech has been lauded for its strength and the way in which it was able to move people. Today, LeBron James was asked about the event and what he thought about all of it. While he wouldn't confirm whether or not he attended, LeBron did admit that yesterday was very hard for him. He also made sure to praise Vanessa for her words.
The Los Angeles Lakers have done various tributes for Kobe since his passing and with the playoffs on the horizon, there will surely be even more on the way. Kobe is one of the most beloved basketball players of all time and fans are still reeling over the loss of someone who still had so much to give to the world.
Nike LeBron 7 "Fairfax" Rumored Release Date Revealed: Photos
LeBron James’ infamous Fairfax High School PE is coming back to the Nike LeBron 7.
LeBron James’ Nike LeBron 7 is considered to be one of the best sneakers in the aforementioned player’s signature line. The shoe is celebrating its 10th anniversary and Nike has been pulling out all of the stops in order to give fans some much-needed nostalgia. A wide variety of Nike LeBron 7’s have been re-released over the last little while and now, yet another is coming back into the fold. Of course, we are talking about the Nike LeBron 7 which was made in honor of Fairfax High School.
The sneaker features a black upper with yellow and red accents all the way throughout. For instance, the large Nike swoosh on the side is yellow with a red outline. Meanwhile, the laces are red all while Fairfax is written in yellow and red on the medial side. The Air Max unit on the bottom is also red which adds to the overall motif. Thanks to @youngtee on Instagram, we now have a better sense of what this collab will look like.
According to Sole Collector, these kicks will cost $200 USD with the rumored release date pegged for Friday, March 6th. Let us know in the comments below what you think of this model and whether or not you plan on copping.
LeBron James Honors Kobe & Gianna Bryant On Instagram
LeBron James paid tribute to Kobe and Gianna Bryant who died in a helicopter crash on January 26th.
Kobe and Gianna Bryant tragically passed away on January 26th in a helicopter crash that claimed the lives of seven other people. The tragedy is still hard to make sense of as the families continue to mourn their lost loved ones. Today, the city of Los Angeles came together as a public memorial was held for Kobe and Gianna at the Staples Center. Numerous big names were at the event including Beyoncé, Shaq, Michael Jordan, Rob Pelinka, and many others. It was a beautiful celebration of two lives that were taken from us way too soon.
Today, LeBron James took to Instagram where he offered up a tribute of his own. In the post below, James shares the date, February 24th or 2/24. Of course, this date is significant because it combines Gianna and Kobe’s jersey numbers. LeBron also added a purple and yellow heart to signify the colors of the Los Angeles Lakers.
LeBron James has been a leader on the Lakers this season and has helped his teammates deal with the death of a mentor. Kobe loved the Lakers organization and the players loved him back. While it must be difficult to continue on with the season, the players have handled it with dignity and grace.
As we head towards the playoffs, it looks like the Lakers are setting themselves up for a deep run that will surely make Kobe proud.
Diana Taurasi Lightheartedly Jabs LeBron While Praising GiGi Bryant
WNBA superstar Diana Taurasi gives fans a reason to smile during today's emotional memorial for Kobe and Gianna Bryant.
Kobe Bryant meant as much to the growth of women's basketball as any other current or former NBA player, and his everlasting impact on the game was on full display at Staples Center on Monday. In remembrance of the Los Angeles Laker legend, several prominent women's basketball figures were asked to speak at the memorial service, including legendary UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma, Oregon Ducks' star Sabrina Ionescu, and WNBA icon Diana Taurasi.
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In speaking about Kobe's legacy, Auriemma, Ionescu and Taurasi applauded the way Bryant had pushed the women's game forward, specifically noting how his 13-year old daughter Gianna was poised to become the next great superstar. In discussing GiGi's impressive, Black Mamba-like skill set, Taurasi offered a lighthearted jab at Lakers superstar LeBron James, as she quipped that GiGi had a better turnaround jumper at 11 years old than LeBron has today.
As seen in the clip embedded below, Taurasi's remark about LeBron presented a much needed moment of comedic relief for the 20,000+ in attendance.
Later on in her speech, Taurasi praised GiGi as an inspiration and someone who represents the future of women's hoops.
"Gigi in many ways, represents the future of women’s basketball. A future where a young woman aspires to play in the WNBA. The same way I wanted to be a Laker," Taurasi remarked (H/T LA Times).
"Gigi already had goals to play for UConn that in itself showed her fearless mentality. She represents a time where a young girl doesn’t need permission to play. Her skill would command respect."
Check out Taurasi's full speech in the video embedded below.
Zion Williamson Speaks On LeBron James Ahead Of First Matchup
Zion Williamson praises LeBron James, says the Lakers star sometimes doesn't get the respect he deserves.
New Orleans Pelicans' rookie sensation Zion Williamson will get his first opportunity to go up against LeBron James on Tuesday night, as the Los Angeles Lakers host the Pelicans in a nationally televised game at Staples Center. Ahead of the highly anticipated showdown, Zion was asked to share his thoughts about LeBron, which included an opinion about the four-time MVP being somewhat under appreciated.
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Following New Orleans' 115-101 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night, Zion had this to say about his first matchup against LeBron (H/T Yahoo Sports).
"I used to watch him all the time, especially when he was in Cleveland the first time, he was just an incredible player to watch, he always held his own.
"Sometimes I feel he doesn't get the respect he deserves but it's not for me to decide."
Williamson entered his rookie season with the most hype of any player since LeBron was selected No. 1 overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003. 17 seasons later and James is still among the most elite superstars in the league, averaging 25.2 points to go along with a league-leading 10.7 assists and 7.7 rebounds per game.
Zion, meanwhile, has quickly proven that he is worthy of all the hype as well. In his first 12 games since returning from an injured knee, the 19-year old phenom is averaging 22.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. As a result, he has helped the Pelicans climb to 10th in the Western Conference with a record of 25-32, just 3.5 games back of the eighth seed Memphis Grizzlies.
Tuesday night's matchup at Staples Center could serve as a preview for a first round matchup between the Pelicans and Lakers, but Zion says he's simply looking at it as another must-win matchup as there are only 25 games left on the schedule.
"I'm not necessarily looking at it from that perspective," Williamson told reporters on Sunday, according to Yahoo Sports.
"I'm looking at from the perspective as, you know we need every win, we're trying to fight for that eight seed in the playoffs."
Tuesday's Pelicans vs Lakers game will air on TNT at 10:30pm ET.
Anthony Davis Recalls How He Found Out About Kobe Bryant’s Passing
Kobe Bryant’s passing was a shock to the entire NBA community.
Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others passed away in a helicopter accident on January 26th of this year. It was shocking news at the time and even a month later, it still doesn’t feel real. Today, the Staples Center will be holding a public memorial for Kobe and Gianna. This memorial will host thousands of Lakers fans who are hoping to pay their respects for one final time.
For Lakers players, Kobe’s death was not just a shock but also heartbreaking news that has completely changed the course of their season. In a feature with ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, Anthony Davis spoke about the moment the Lakers team flight found out about the tragic accident.
So I remove one of my headphones, and I look,” Davis said. “And Dwight tells me, ‘Man, Kobe died.’ And me thinking as invincible as Kobe Bryant is, I’m like, ‘Kobe who?’ Because I’m like, that’s not — it’s not Kobe Bryant. And he was like, ‘Kobe.’ And I was like, ‘OK. Kobe who? I’m not sure who you’re talking about.’ And he was like, ‘Kobe Bryant.’ And at this time, Bron is still asleep. So I was like, ‘Wait, what? How? Like, I need details, like, tell me.’ And he was like, ‘Man, helicopter crash.’”
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Eventually, Lakers players began to wake up and news spread to everyone, including LeBron James. At first, LeBron couldn’t believe what he was being told. His reaction was like many others on the team who were holding out hope that the reports could have been a mistake.
“I remember the first thing Bron said to me was, ‘Man, y’all stop playin’ — like, stop playing with me,’” Davis recalled. “And I’m trying to get on the internet. And Dwight, like, you can see him start crying. He was like, ‘It’s true.’”
Kobe Bryant is perhaps the greatest Lakers player of all-time and his impact still lives on. The Lakers will be looking to win the championship for him and as it stands, they have the whole city of Los Angeles behind them.
LeBron James Marvels Over Incredibly Realistic Tattoo Of Himself
LeBron James has received plenty of tributes over the years.
LeBron James is one of the biggest names in sports. Even outside of the basketball court, LeBron continues to be a tour de force in every single thing he does. Because of his status as one of the best athletes in the world, he has a ton of eager fans who will do anything to not just get his attention, but also pay homage. Sometimes, LeBron becomes aware of these tributes and he attempts to shout the person out on social media. On Sunday, that’s exactly what he did after being made aware of a hyper-realistic tattoo that depicts not just his face but also LeBron attempting a bucket with the Los Angeles Lakers.
In the post below, you can see that the tattoo takes up the vast majority of the man’s leg and that it almost feels like an illusion. This is some incredible artwork although the commitment to James is just a tad extreme, at least for us. Regardless, LeBron seemed to be impressed by it all.
“WOW!!!! 😱🤯🙏🏾. Whoever this is SALUTE & RESPECT!! I hope I continue to inspire you and make you proud!” James said.
We’re sure this fan was happy to see LeBron give him a shoutout, especially on such a large platform. If the goal of his tattoo was to get LeBron’s attention, then he certainly succeeded in doing that.
LeBron James Gives Jayson Tatum A Massive Co-Sign After Lakers Win
LeBron James and Jayson Tatum combined for 70 points yesterday.
LeBron James has been leading the Los Angeles Lakers on a journey this season as they currently sit atop the Western Conference standings with a record of 43-12. The team is on a five-game winning streak with their latest win coming against the Boston Celtics. It was a 114-112 slugfest that saw LeBron James score 29 points. On the other end of the court, Jayson Tatum of the Celtics was incredibly impressive as he scored 41 points and gave the Celtics a chance to win the down the stretch.
Following the game, LeBron and Tatum shared a long embrace as the Lakers superstar gave the young kid some props. LeBron eventually got on Instagram where he shared a photo of himself and Tatum waiting to be put back into the game. James paired the image with a caption that essentially gave Tatum the co-sign of a lifetime.
“That boi to the left of me is an ABSOLUTE PROBLEM!! Keep going #YoungKing,” LeBron wrote. LeBron had his fair share of matchups against Tatum while playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers so he knows what the young player is capable of. Now that LeBron is a part of the Lakers-Celtics rivalry, their matchups will be even more interesting.
Perhaps these teams are on a collision course for the NBA Finals. We’re sure NBA fans would love to see that. How could you not?
LeBron James’ Nike LeBron 17 Low Unveiled In "Bred" Colorway
Nike and LeBron James are gearing up to launch the Nike LeBron 17 Low in a stealth black/grey/red colorway.
Nike is ready to start rolling out the low-top version of LeBron James' Nike LeBron 17, following the grand unveiling of the Space Jam inspired "Tune Squad" colorway. Among the Nike LeBron 17 Lows set to drop in the coming weeks is a classic black/red/grey colorway, grounded by Nike's innovative React cushioning.
According to Sneaker News, the kicks will be hitting major retailers such as Eastbay, Finish Line, Foot Locker and Dick's Sporting Goods starting March 15th.
Nike has not yet revealed any official images or release details but you can get a good idea of what to expect from the leaked image shown in the tweet embedded above. The predominately black upper is offsite by a dark grey midsole/outsole combination, while splashes of red add some flair to the stealth construction. The red Nike swoosh also comes equipped with a black pinstripe detailing, which we're sure has a deeper meaning rather than just a random design element.
Stay tuned for more details and click here to preview the forthcoming Space Jam Nike LeBron 17 Low "Tune Squad" colorway.
Lakers’ DeMarcus Cousins Envisions Return For Playoffs
Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins has been sidelined since August but he’s hoping to return for the NBA title run.
DeMarcus Cousins has not yet stepped on the court as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers as he recovers from a torn ACL in his left knee, but he is progressing toward a return to action and what better time than during the NBA playoffs? In his appearance on the “All the Smoke” podcast with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, Cousins envisioned the possibility of joining LeBron James and Anthony Davis as the Lakers make a run at the NBA title.
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In discussing his potential debut with the Lakers during the playoffs, Boogie describes:
“We got a big team. It’s going to be some bump, for sure. We got so many guys with different abilities. I mean, I can spot up. Bron [LeBron James] is going to draw everybody whenever he decides to move. I’m pretty confident I can knock down the shot. We got shooters all over the floor. I mean, I can playmake. Like, it’s pick your poison.”
Cousins, 29, averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 30 regular season games for the Golden State Warriors a season ago and signed with the Lakers as a free agent over the summer. Unfortunately, he tore his ACL during an August pickup game and has been sidelined ever since.
Lakers head coach Frank Vogel insists the two-time All Star is “a long way away” from making his Lakers debut, but the team is still leaving the door open for his return as the post-season approaches. Check out some clips from Cousins’ appearance on the “All the Smoke” podcast below.