For the record, LeBron James passed Kobe Bryant's 33,643 career points on Saturday, as the former's 29-point effort on Saturday brought him up to 33,655 career points. Bryant lived in Orange County, south of Los Angeles, but he owned a personal helicopter he used to get around the area to avoid traffic, according to a report published a year ago in Business Insider. "Much respect my brother #33644", Bryant tweeted.
"I'm just happy to be in any conversation with Kobe Bryant, one of the all-time greats to ever play", James told ESPN.
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Though the result somewhat spoiled the milestone, James spoke after the game in detail about his admiration for Bryant and recounted his earliest meetings with the retired Lakers great. He later teamed with Pau Gasol to win two more titles in 2009 and 2010.
Bryant played in the National Basketball Association from 1996-2016, so he overlapped with James from 2003-16.
The Lakers acquired the 17-year-old Bryant in a trade shortly after Charlotte drafted him, and he immediately became one of the most exciting and intriguing players in the sport alongside O'Neal, who had signed with the Lakers as a free agent.
Bryant's wife Vanessa was not among those aboard the chopper, according to reports.