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LeBron James delivers Kobe Bryant-inspired message about importance of family

first_imgLeBron James feels Kobe Bryant was the happiest he had ever been following his retirement from basketball, as it allowed him to devote time to his family.Bryant ended his 20-year NBA career in 2016 at the age of 38, having won five titles with the Lakers. The NBA legend spent much of his post-playing days with his wife and four children before his death on Sunday. The 41-year-old, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, was one of nine people killed in a helicopter crash in California. “It felt like these last three years was the happiest I’ve ever seen him.”Lebron speaks on Kobe and the cost of greatness. pic.twitter.com/8UHi9CLbhU— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 1, 2020Prior to Friday night’s game, James addressed the Staples Center crowd for roughly four minutes as part of the Lakers’ tribute to Bryant. He spoke about the importance of Laker Nation sticking together as a family, and he echoed that sentiment later in his postgame comments.”But, at the end of the day, we all punch our clocks,” James said. “Either we’re done for the day, or done doing what we are doing, but just make sure you hug the s— out of your family. If you’ve got kids, tell them you love them. Try to make it to as much as you can, and don’t feel bad if you happen to go to one of your loved one’s events, or something like that, and sacrifice your job.”I didn’t feel bad in Boston when I went to go and see my son two hours away in Springfield and we had a game that night and got our ass kicked. I didn’t feel bad at all.”“Just make sure you hug the s— out of your family. If you got kids, tell your kids you love them. Try to make it to as much as you can.”—LeBron James while talking about Kobe and tonight’s emotions pic.twitter.com/7FV7idH3Xl— ESPN (@espn) February 1, 2020 MORE: Damian Lillard pays Kobe the competitor a fitting tributeJames knows all too well the sacrifices that have to be made to reach the top, as he explained to the media after the 127-119 loss against the Trail Blazers.”These last three years, out of all the success he had — five rings, multiple MVPs, All-Star Game MVP of this league, first team for all-life, all-world, all-basketball — felt like these last three years were the happiest I’ve ever seen him,” James said of Bryant. “Being able to just be with his daughters, be with his family, because when we’re playing this game of basketball, we give so much to it. This is my 17th year, so I know.”Unfortunately, your family comes to the wayside at times, because when you want to be great at something, when you want to be the best at something, you become so driven that you won’t let anything stand in the way of it. Not even your own family sometimes. We get compared all the time to greatness, and that makes us even more driven and shadowed away from our own family. That’s the difficult part that we deal with as professional athletes and when you want to be great.”last_img

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