LeBron James’ dunk tribute to Kobe Bryant last 7 days was the talk of the Lakers locker room times later on.
James’ double-clutch reverse dunk on a breakaway Thursday night in opposition to the Rockets at Staples Heart looked equivalent to 1 Bryant – who was amongst nine killed in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26 – pulled off in opposition to the Kings in 2001.
A member of the Lakers’ video clip staff put the slams side by side on the team’s Twitter account, leading it to go viral.
“I did not seriously predetermine that possibly until I jumped,” James advised reporters Saturday right after the beat the Warriors. “I just jumped and type of figured it out, and then … it’s outrageous how it’s the same precise dunk, the same precise hoop that Kobe did [it on] — what, 19 years in the past or some thing like that? That was good.”
He jokingly advised his groups like in the motion picture “The 6th Man”, Bryant took manage of him in the course of the sequence, which teammate JaVale McGee known as “pretty dope.”
“Kobe arrived down, put himself in my human body and gave me that dunk on that crack,” James said.
The tribute went a action further as James said he viewed the video clip with his son, Bronny, prior to Sierra Canyon High School’s loss to Very long Island Lutheran on Saturday.
Bronny nailed the dunk in pregame warm-ups.
“Kobe is in all of us proper now,” James said.
NBA photographer Andrew D. Bernstein was able to seize James in flight to the hoops on the jam.
“When I observed it for the very first time, I was like, ‘Holy s—, that is an unbelievable photo,’” James said. “And then when I discovered out how it was taken.”