Kobe Bryant’s last tweet before his death was a tribute to another NBA player.
Bryant had taken to his Twitter page to congratulate James after he surpassed his spot on the NBA’s all-time scoring list while playing small forward for the Los Angeles Lakers against the Philadelphia 76ers.
“Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames. Much respect my brother.” He added a muscle emoji and the hashtag “#33644,” the number of points needed for James to become the 3rd-leading scorer in NBA history.
Bryant was one of five people who died in what is believed to be Bryant’s own private helicopter. The Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed that there were no survivors in the crash, which started a small bush fire at around 10 AM.
Bryant is a legendary NBA player who is considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He was often referred to by his self-given nickname “The Black Mamba,” and is the second-highest paid NBA player of all time. He spent the entirety of his 20-season career with the Lakers and retired in 2016.