LeBron James is the latest member of the NBA to get a farewell gift from Kobe Bryant. Following the Cavaliers’ 120-111 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night, Bryant—who is retiring at the end of this season—stopped by the Cavs’ locker room to deliver a pair of autographed Kobe 11s, the pair that the future Hall of Famer wore during his final game at The Q.
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Earlier this week, James reflected back on a pair of adidas sneakers given to him by Bryant when he was in high school, a pair he wore exactly 14 years ago from Wednesday night when Akron’s St. Vincent-St. Mary played Carmelo Anthony’s Oak Hill Academy on ESPN. While James is no longer in possession of those limited red, white and blue kicks he was given back then, there’s little doubt that he’ll let these ones slip away given the history between the two greats.
Earlier this week, Bryant gave a pair of shoes to Indiana’s Paul George (also a Nike-sponsored athlete). Several Cavalier players, including J.R. Smith and Mo Williams, wore versions of Bryant’s signature shoe during Wednesday night’s game.
The two legends will meet for the final time in March when the Cavaliers head to Los Angeles to play the Lakers at The Staples Center.