Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant was really clear when asked about fans who are not thrilled by LeBron James joining their team. Kobe said they will eventually " fall in line" because it will help the team win another NBA title.
Bryant said this on The Rich Eisen Show and noted he's aware not everyone is on board with King James' arrival.
When LeBron signed a four-year $154 million worth contract most of the Lakers fans were excited about James coming to LA simply because that means hope for winning another title. LeBron has been in the last 8 finals and has all the "know-how" to take a young Lakers team to the promised land.
On another hand, there were also fans who didn't take his arrival very well, and even went that far they vandalized James mural in Los Angeles.
"I hear that," he said. "But listen, if you are a fan of mine, you are a fan of winning, you are a fan of the Lakers. I bleed purple and gold. So that is above anything else. I have been a Lakers fan since I was yay high. That is never going to change. Right? [It] is about winning championships. So they'll fall in line."
Bryant, who just recently turned 40, won five titles with the Lakers and had both of his Nos. 8 and 24 retired. LeBron and Kobe fought their share of battles in the 2000s but unfortunately never meet in the NBA finals. LeBron will continue to carry the legacy for the team in purple and gold but also Kobe's in a way that spent 15 years of his career in the postseason.
It will be important for the Lakers' young core to reach the playoffs and see what it takes to win the whole thing and LeBron can definitely help them with that.