LeBron James Reveals That His Emotional Kobe Bryant Tribute Was Not Planned

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On Friday night (Saturday morning IST), LeBron James ended up recreating Kobe Bryant's dunk from 19 years ago. However, LeBron's dunk was not intentional.

Written By Devika Pawar | Mumbai | Updated On:
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On Friday night (Saturday morning IST), LeBron James ended up recreating Kobe Bryant's dunk from 19 years ago. Though the Lakers lost the game, LeBron James' reverse style dunk was the highlight of the game. In a recent interview, LeBron James revealed that his dunk was not planned. 

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Kobe Bryant tribute: LeBron James' recreation of Kobe Bryant's dunk was not intentional

The dunk by LeBron James was a double-clutch reverse dunk. It was made after an outlet pass from Avery Bradley. It looked like an identical copy of Kobe Bryant's dunk on November 2001 against the Sacramento Kings. However, LeBron James stated that the shot was not at all planned. In an ESPN interview, he referred to the movie The 6th Man. He believes that Bryant came to him and gave him that dunk. The movie James mentioned was released in 1997 and revolved around basketball. In the movie, two brothers play basketball together. However, one brother dies of a heart attack. After his death, his ghost returns to help his brother play the game. 

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The memorial service will be held at Staples Center, the home of Los Angeles Lakers, a team he played with for 20 years. Twenty four will represent Kobe Bryant's jersey number, while 2 will represent Gianna Bryant's high school jersey number. In her post, Vanessa Bryant stated that more details about the funeral would be added later.

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