While fans are shooting real hard at Lebron James for not attending Kobe Bryant memorial, the superstar praised Vanessa Bryant’s strength and courage to deliver such a ‘powerful’ eulogy.
“One thing I can come all out to say is how strong and how bold and how powerful Vanessa Bryant is,” LeBron James said at the Los Angeles Lakers’ shootaround on Tuesday, February, 25, according to Sports Illustrated.
LeBron James made the statement towards Vanessa, just one day after she delivered a stirring eulogy for Kobe and Gianna Bryant in front of 19,000 fans at the Staples Center. “To stand up there the way she did, to give that speech the way she gave that speech.
I commend her. My heart is with their family still. With his three daughters that are still here. With his wife. With his mom and dad and his sisters. It was just a very difficult day. Obviously, a celebration, but it was a difficult day for all of us.”
The Kobe Bryant’s memorial which had many celebrities in attendance didn’t see LeBron James and had after then prompted wide criticism, talks that LeBron didn’t directly answer when he was asked if he really missed the event. “Um, like I said man, it’s just, I respect your question for sure, but it’s very emotional. A very emotional day. A very tough day for myself, for my family, for everyone involved,” he said.
Despite praising Vanessa, LeBron James also hailed Michael Jordan for his touching speech. “It’s well documented how their relationship was,” LeBron said of Kobe and MJ’s friendship. “Mike is always looked at like a big brother to Kobe from the beginning. We’ve all seen that from the first time that they played in Chicago when Kobe was a young boy’. So, we all know that.”
LeBron James who once disclosed that he always looked up to Kobe Bryant and that playing alongside him at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games was a dream come true also noted that Monday; the day of the memorial, was a “tough” one, “Emotionally. I’m a wreck, like everyone else.
“Another challenging day for all of us. Like you’ve been hearing me talk about the last couple times you guys asked me about the whole situation, it’s just been hard to kind of talk about it. Trying not to go back. It’s just tough,” he said.
“It’s never closure. It’s never going to be a closure. I mean, we continue to live on his legacy and continue to have our hearts heavy with both sadness and with happiness for his family that are still here. So, it’s not a closure. But it was a celebration which was well received from not only the Laker faithful, not only the family here but everybody around the world,” LeBron added.
After the death of Kobe and Gianna Bryant in the January 26 helicopter crash which claimed seven other lives, LeBron James has honoured his Kobe with numerous tributes.
Among many other things, LeBron penned down an emotional message about how he was heartbroken and devastated by the loss. He got a memorial tattoo of a “Black Mamba,” Kobe’s nickname, on his knee.
Then at the Lakers’ first game after Kobe died, LeBron James broke down while giving a speech, stating that Kobe will “never be forgotten.” He also honoured Kobe on the court, recreating one of Kobe’s iconic dunks during the February 6 game against the Houston Rockets.