Some 24 hours prior, Kobe Bryant congratulated LeBron James on Twitter after James surpassed Bryant in the NBA all-time scoring list.
It turned out to be Bryant's last tweet, after he and several others died in a helicopter crash Sunday in California.
In a video shared on Twitter by US media, apparently after news of Bryant's death broke, James, who has long idolized Bryant, could be seen grieving as he steps out of the Lakers team plane.
The video has since been taken down.
"Cameras showed James being consoled and crying as he walked from the team plane," Foxnews.com reported, adding that the Lakers supposedly found out about Bryant's death on their team flight back to Los Angeles coming off an East Coast road trip.
On Saturday, immediately after his scoring milestone, James talked about Bryant's influence on him in an ESPN interview.
“It’s another guy that I looked up to when I was in grade school and high school,” James said Saturday.
“Seeing him come straight out of high school, he is someone that I used as inspiration. It was like, wow. Seeing a kid, 17 years old, come into the NBA and trying to make an impact on a franchise, I used it as motivation.
“He helped me before he even knew of me because of what he was able to do. So, just to be able to, at this point of my career, to share the same jersey that he wore, be with this historical franchise and just represent the purple and gold, it’s very humbling and it’s dope.”
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