Los Angeles Lakers made another big step towards their 17th NBA championship by beating the Denver Nuggets 4-1 in the WCF. LeBron James led the way with 38 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assists, and this will be his 10th appearance in the NBA finals, which is a perfect display of his consistency and dominance in the last decade. After the game, LeBron talked about Kobe Bryant and how he served as an inspiration for him and the rest of the team during the playoffs.
Every time you put on the purple and gold, you think about his legacy and what he means to the franchise for 20 plus years. What he stood for both on and off the floor. What he demanded from his teammates, what he demanded from himself. We have some similarities in that sense.
Even though their playing style is different, the impact is the same, and LeBron recognizes the similarities between him and Kobe regarding the approach and the mindset. They both are ready to sacrifice a lot for success while proving their drive for success differs from other NBA players.
Our games are different, but the mindset and our drive to be the best and our drive not to lose. Just that drive to be victorious, it stops you from sleeping, and sometimes you put certain things because you sacrifice a lot of things. You sacrifice your family at times because you are so driven to be so great that other things fall by the waist side a lot of times. I understand that, and I'm one of the few that understands the mindset he played with and the journey from high-school to the NBA.
The Lakers will face the winner of a series between the Heat and the Celtics, but no matter which teams come out of the eastern conference, the Lakers and LeBron will be ready. Despite being 35, LeBron looks physically prepared and focused as he ever was. Alongside Anthony Davis and the supporting cast, the chances of the Lakers to win a 17th NBA championships look brighter than they did for more than 6,7 years ever since Kobe Bryant was the face of the franchise.