‘Much respect my brother’: Kobe Bryant’s final tweet as he hailed fellow NBA legend LeBron James after moving above him in all-time scoring list just hours before fatal helicopter crash
- Kobe Bryant paid tribute to LeBron James in what proved to be his final tweet
- The NBA icon was a passenger in a fatal helicopter crash in California on Sunday
- LeBron James scored 29 points to become the third highest scorer in history
- James started the game needing 18 points to overtake Lakers great Bryant
Kobe Bryant heaped praise on fellow basketball icon LeBron James in what proved to be his final tweet before a fatal helicopter crash on Sunday.
Just hours before news emerged that he had been one of the passengers in the California crash, Bryant was full of praise for Los Angeles Lakers star James after he passed the 41-year-old in the all-time scorers’ list.
Lakers legend Kobe Bryant (left) celebrates with LeBron James at a game back in December
NBA TOP 10 POINTS SCORERS IN HISTORY
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – 38,387
- Karl Malone – 36,298
- LeBron James – 33,655
- Kobe Bryant – 33,643
- Michael Jordan – 32,292
- Dirk Nowitzki – 31,560
- Wilt Chamberlain – 31, 419
- Shaquille O’Neal – 28,596
- Moses Malone – 27,409
- Elvin Hayes – 27,313
James started the game needing 18 points to overtake Bryant, and he achieved the mark with a lay-up in the third quarter.
He received a warm ovation from the Philadelphia crowd, who were in a good mood as the 76ers prevailed 108-91.
James, who made six straight trips to the NBA finals with the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers, finished with 29 points.
He now has 36,655 career points, behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Karl Malone (36,928).
All of the leading four scorers played at least part of their careers for the Lakers.
James is in his second season with the Lakers after his move from the Cavaliers.
NBA records include only points in the regular season.
At his current clip, 35-year-old James would probably need to play another three seasons to challenge Abdul-Jabbar’s record.
James thanks the crowd after passing Bryant on the all-time scoring list against Philadelphia
James achieved the mark with a lay-up in the third quarter at the Wells Fargo Center
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