National Basketball Association legend Kobe Bryant dies at 41 in a helicopter crash

National Basketball Association legend Kobe Bryant dies at 41 in a helicopter crash

National Basketball Association legend Kobe Bryant dies at 41 in a helicopter crash

James, a three-time National Basketball Association champion and four-time league Most Valuable Player, is in his 17th season and second with the Lakers.

James started the game needing 18 points to overtake Bryant, and he achieved the mark with a lay-up in the third quarter. Here is some of the reaction from current and former players as well as those who cover the league.

After entering the National Basketball Association straight from high school in the 1996 draft, he emerged as one of the finest, if not the very best, players of his generation, earning plaudits from many as arguably the second greatest shooting guard of all time, behind Michael Jordan.

All of the leading four scorers played at least part of their careers for the Lakers.

James (29 points) said he looked forward to sitting courtside and observing Simmons when the time comes for him to join Bryant in retirement. "Much respect my brother".

James scribbled "Mamba 4 Life" as he chased Bryant, the five-time champion, in Philly. "That's something I admired as well, just being at a point where the defense would always be at bay where they couldn't guard you at all, where you just felt you were immortal offensively because of your skillset and your work ethic". "I was just trying to soak everything up I could", James said.

"To make a long story short, now I'm here in a Lakers uniform, in Philadelphia, where he's from, where I met him for one of the first times in All-Star week, it's surreal". NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

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