On Thursday night against the Houston Rockets, LeBron James paid an awe-inspiring and timely tribute to the late Kobe Bryant when he hammered home a thunderous fastbreak dunk. The slam just so happened to replicate the exact iconic reverse jam that Bryant uncorked 19 years ago at the Staples Center -- both came off steals, and both were on the same basket. Well, it just so happens that The King wasn't the only one honoring The Black Mamba in the last week. Over the weekend, Bronny James broke out the reverse dunk during warmups before a game with Sierra Canyon.
LeBron unsurprisingly caught wind of his son paying homage to the late legend, and when he was asked about his own recreation of Kobe's slam, he didn't hesitate to assert that Bryant's been guiding him through this trying time.
"I was watching social media today, and my son did the same thing in his warmup," said James. "He didn’t do it in a game, but he kind of did the same dunk in his warmups today. So, Kobe, he’s in all of us right now."
LeBron added that his now-viral tribute wasn't planned, and the authenticity behind it makes it perhaps one of the most iconic photos in NBA history, considering its sheer symbolism.
Bryant's death is a tragedy that will take years to reckon with, but gestures similar to that of LeBron and Bronny James will make coping with it much less taxing and gutting.