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LeBron James: ‘Pretty special’ to share Lakers’ uniform with Kobe Bryant

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James voiced his appreciation on the opportunity to be able to play the same franchise as Bryant.

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Star forward LeBron James helped lead the Los Angeles Lakers to their first home win of the season on Thursday night 121-114 past the Denver Nuggets behind his first career triple-double with the franchise. 

James all-around performance helped fuel Los Angeles to their second straight win as he poured in 28 points, 11 assists, and 11 rebounds, which made him the first player to notch a 20-point triple-double since Kobe Bryant. The former Lakers great was in attendance to Thursday’s game after being apart of a season ticket holder event prior to the game. 

Following the game, James touched upon how it felt to be able to play with the organization that Bryant once did. 

“I absolutely [noticed him], of course. You notice him sitting right there on the baseline over there” James said. “[One] of the all-time Laker greats. What he’s done for this franchise in his 20-plus years that he was here it speaks wonders. For me to be able to compete against him all those years and then for me to be able to share a jersey, the same jersey as him at this point I think it’s pretty special.”

There is a great deal of respect and admiration from James toward the future Hall of Famer for what he accomplished during his career with the franchise. Although the two didn’t play together, the 33-year-old now has a chance to lead the Lakers to success with the hopes of adding another NBA title to the team’s illustrious history. 

It hasn’t been the start that was desired, Los Angeles looks to be continuing to take strides forward after grabbing consecutive wins on the first back-to-back games this season. Ultimately, these next few years are an opportunity for James to make an indelible mark on the franchise that will further cement his legacy. 

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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarciaivsports.
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