Like many of us, LeBron James is left saddened by the devastating news of Kobe Bryant's passing last weekend. In his first on-court appearance since the tragedy, James paid respect to his friend by lacing up multiple models from Bryant's Nike signature basketball line during last night's matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trailblazers.

Prior to tip-off, James addressed the Staples Center crowd with a heartfelt speech to commemorate the legacy of the Black Mamba while wearing the "81 Points" Nike Zoom Kobe 1, which would mark the first time he’s played a regular-season game in something that was not from his own signature line.


"In the words of Kobe Bryant, Mamba Out. In the words of us, Never Forgotten.” - @KingJames

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As the game progressed, the tribute for Bryant continued as James made a swap into the "Big Stage" Nike Kobe 5 in the third quarter, before finally switching to a Lakers-themed Nike LeBron 17 PE to finish the game.


@KingJames switched to “Big Stage Parade” Nike Kobe 5s. 📸: @adbphotoinc

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@KingJames finishes the game in new Nike LeBron 17s. 📸: @adbphotoinc

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James finished the game with 22 points while grabbing 8 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists in 37 minutes of play.