Reliving Kobe Bryant’s Last Ever Post on Instagram: A Tribute to Lakers’ LeBron James

Published 01/25/2021, 1:16 PM EST
Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, right, and Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James have their game face on as they guard each other in the fourth quarter at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008. Lakers lost 98–95. LeBron James scored 14 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter. Kobe Bryant finished with 33 points. (Photo by Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) | Courtesy: Getty Images

Time flies past at such great speed, and we’re already nearing the first death anniversary of Kobe Bryant. The news about Kobe’s passing came to light on January 26, 2020, a day after the Mamba had made an appreciatory post for LeBron James. 


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One year since Kobe Bryant made his last post on Instagram

January 25, 2020, was the last day Kobe Bryant ever made a social media post by himself. Since his demise, we’ve seen posts coming out from his Instagram handle, but someone else is uploading them.


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It is quite heartwarming to see that Kobe’s final post on Instagram was him congratulating LeBron James for passing him on the NBA’s all-time points list. The incident took place in Philadelphia on January 25, as LeBron needed just 18 points to pass the Lakers legend on the list. 

Kobe Bryant (33,643), stood third on the all-time points list and was overtaken by LeBron James who put on a 29-point performance against the Sixers to climb up to the third spot. 

Naturally, the Mamba was extremely proud of James’ achievement and took to Instagram to celebrate it. “On to #2 @kingjames! Keep growing the game and charting the path for the next,” Kobe wrote. 


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The internet was rejoicing about Kobe’s post for LeBron, and the latter would’ve felt truly honored to have received praise from one of his idols. But tragedy struck the very next day, and things were never the same after. 

How LeBron felt when facing Kobe for the first time

LeBron James is a master of the craft now, but he was a student during his rookie year in the league. LeBron idolized Michael Jordan in his childhood, but Kobe Bryant played a vital part in inspiring him as well. 

When James and Kobe faced off for the first time, the former was just left star-struck. It was a lifelong dream that was just accomplished, and the four-time champion recently expressed how he felt at that moment. 


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LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 10: The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant greets the Cavaliers’ Lebron James before the start of their game at Staples Center Thursday night.
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The Los Angeles Lakers take on the Cleveland Cavaliers Staples Center Thursday night.
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“I was just in awe. It’s a guy who along with a lot of other guys that was on my wall. … He had a nice collage on my wall,” said LeBron

It is just incredible to see how LeBron is carrying forward the legacy of Kobe with the Lakers. The Mamba handed over the torch to the right person and he’s already doing justice to his role.


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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.