Los Angeles Lakers superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis have admitted that they still thinks about the late Kobe Bryant and still have trouble with his death. Bryant, a Lakers legend who helped the Purple and Gold win five NBA championships, tragically lost his life a year ago.
On January 26, 2020, Bryant and his daughter Gianna tragically lost their lives in a helicopter crash. On Saturday, three days before the anniversary of Bryant's death, James had 17 points, 11 rebounds and six assists as the Lakers beat the Bulls 101-90.
"Man, it's a saying that time heals all," James said after a win over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday at the United Center, where Bryant's idol, Michael Jordan, used to play. "And as devastating and as tragic as it was and still is to all of us involved with it, only time.
And it takes time. Everyone has their own grieving process." Meanwhile. Davis scored a game-high 37 points to help the Lakers beat the Bulls. "As we approach his one-year anniversary, it saddens our hearts to actually come to the realization that he's gone," Davis said.
"I know I still have trouble with it, you still just can't believe it."
James recalls how Bryant's game mirrored Jordan's
Bryant captured a total of five NBA championships during his illustruous career -- one less than the great Jordan.
"I only looked at Kobe for him," James said. "And obviously you've seen a lot of the similarities between him and Mike, but I appreciated Kobe's game for Kobe's game. The way he played the game, the finesse that he played with, the ballhandling capabilities, the shooting, everything that he possessed on the floor -- I respected him for who he was as a player and what he was able to bring onto the floor.
"The fact that he was able to take some things from MJ and look at some of MJ's DNA and actually be able to do it -- a lot of people try to do that, a lot of people wish they could take things from some of the greats, implement them into their game and then be successful, they just can't.
They don't have the ability to do it. They don't have the drive to do it, the mindset to do it. But he actually did it and did it at a high level for a long, long, long time. And you can respect that."