RARE: Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony Seen Together in a Resurfaced Photo

Published 08/22/2022, 6:30 AM EDT

There have been some iconic photographs over time. From Magic Johnson’s celebrity entrance to Michael Jordan hitting the shrug, the NBA world has captured the best. However, in 2006, arguably the greatest photo hit the surface. A snap where LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and MJ all are in one frame.

There have been ample debates in the history of basketball. However, by far the most intense debate is for the GOAT. And there is fierce competition between Jordan, James, and Kobe. Three players influenced the game like no other and rose it to unreal heights. All three athletes have one thing in common: the hunger to win. But that doesn’t mean they can’t get together.


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In one of the most legendary pictures in sports history, 6 of the biggest names in basketball posed for the camera.


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Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Michael Jordan all pose

It is extremely rare to see legends of the game all get-together. The competitive side of the game often stays with the players even after retirement. With two killers, such as Jordan and Kobe, fighting for the title of the best, there would likely be friction. However, their bond was of a brotherhood.

But after the 2006 All-Star game in Houston, the world got a photo that arguably has the best collection of legends. A young LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony posed alongside legends, Jordan, Kobe, Moses Malone, and WNBA legend Cynthia-Cooper Duke.

The amount of greatness in the photo goes through the roof. The 6 have won a total of 20 championships amongst themselves. Moreover, their personal accolades are astonishing. With almost 160,000 points, it makes this picture all the more glorious.

However, are any of these all-time great mates outside the photograph?

Are these legends friends?

During the recent NBA 75 ceremony, the world saw a moment everyone was waiting for. LeBron James and MJ shared a hug. With the predecessor and successor getting together, the basketball world exploded.


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For Melo, his bond with Jordan helped him become the scoring champion in 2012. The Lakers forward spoke about MJ’s philosophy to break down points in each quarter. Taking his advice, Carmelo Anthony is now one of the most decorated scorers in the history of the NBA.

However, the most prominent bond in this photo is between Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. Taking the role of his mentor, His Airness looked out for the Mamba. For Kobe, he wanted to be just like Jordan. After an early competition, MJ knew Kobe was about to be something special. They were closer than ever, addressing each other as brothers. Notably, when Kobe passed away, Jordan even said a piece of him died.


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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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