Lebron James just made NBA history once again, sharing yet another milestone alongside Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant.
During the Lakers’ contest against the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night, a 106-96 LA win, LeBron James tied Kobe Bryant on the all-time games played list. Both players have now played 1,346 games exactly, with Kobe Bryant playing every single one of those in a purple and gold uniform.
LeBron James did edge out Kobe to get there, doing so in just 19 seasons compared to the Mamba’s 20.
The January 25 date of the milestone is significant because it’s the same day, two years ago, when LeBron James passed the Lakers icon on the all-time scoring list. It’s also the day before he tragically passed away.
When it was reported that former Los Angeles Lakers superstar, Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi was killed in a chopper crash, it plunged the world into grief, and also mourning among the many was Brazil forward, Neymar Jr. His Netflix documentary, ‘Neymar: The Chaos’ had a segment where he pays a rich tribute to the late NBA legend.
The documentary shows clips of Neymar and Kobe interacting during a Nike shoot commercial and the PSG star also presenting his jersey to the Lakers star.
“He had been in Paris and we had done a Nike shoot together,” Neymar said.
“To me, it was one of the best moments I had with an idol of mine. An icon, a legend, you know? It was a very special moment. He’s not a random dude out there, he left a legacy. He projected the image he wanted. It was pretty heavy, we were all down that day.”
Today marks two years since the death of the iconic player and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, along with the pilot and six others in Calabasas.