Lakers honor life of Kobe Bryant with an emotional tribute at Staples Center in Los Angeles
Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James speaks during the Los Angeles Lakers' pregame ceremony to honor Kobe Bryant before the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on Friday, January 31, 2020 in Los Angeles. James, who is in his second season with the Lakers and passed Bryant to take third place on the NBA's all-time scoring list Saturday night, held a small piece of white paper but quickly tossed it aside. "I got something written down. They asked me to stay on course, but Laker Nation, I would be selling y'all short if I read off this shit, so I'm going to go straight from the heart," he said. "The first thing that comes to mind, as I look around this arena, we're all grieving, we're all hurt, we're all heartbroken, but when we're going through things like this, the best thing you can do is lean on the shoulders of your family. And from Sunday morning until this point ...I've heard about Laker Nation and how much of a family it is ... and that is absolutely what I've seen this whole week. ... This is really, truly a family." Photo by Jim Ruymen/UP
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