LeBron James opened up about how he clashed with Carmelo Anthony in high school while wearing shoes Kobe Bryant gave him.
Kobe Bryant had already become a household name long before he turned 22n/a birthday. After winning a championship at the ripe old age of 21 for the Los Angeles Lakers and making a few All-Star teams, “Bean” was heralded as the next Michael Jordan. Given how skilled he was on both sides, opponents of this comparison couldn’t say too much.
2001 was a time when Kobe and Shaq were undoubtedly at the highest echelon of basketball superstardom. After going back to back, they seemed nearly unstoppable.
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As the NBA savored the success of the Lakers, LeBron James was making a name for himself as “The Chosen One” at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.
It was clear that LeBron James had it in him not just to make it to the NBA, but also to be a star in the league. Along the way, James and Kobe Bryant crossed paths unaware that they would have some of the most iconic battles of the 2000/2010s.
LeBron James talks about Kobe Bryant after passing him in the all-time scoring.
January 25and, 2020 has seen LeBron James pass Kobe Bryant in the all-time regular season while wearing a Lakers jersey. After the milestone, James sang his praises in the locker room while recounting some memorable anecdotes from his high school days.
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“At ABCD camp, he [Kobe] came to talk to all the kids and I happened to be one of the kids there. I was just listening, trying to soak in everything I could. I remember one of the things he said, ‘If you want to be one of the greats, you have to work at it.’ »
“Me and Maverick [Carter] drove to the Continental in downtown Philadelphia and he gave me a pair of his shoes which I ended up wearing the next night. It was the red, white and blue Kobes. I was 15 and he was 14 and I still wore them. I rocked them in a game and that was the same night we played Oak Hill against Melo.
2 YEARS AGO TODAY
After passing Kobe on the all-time scorers list, LeBron shared some early Kobe stories, including the time Kobe gave him a pair of shoes and Bron wore them in a game even though they were too small.
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