After the death of Kobe Bryant, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Southern California on Sunday, it was a tough day for LeBron James and the rest of the basketball world.
But on Tuesday, LeBron's son Bronny gave him a reason to smile. LeBron saw in the front row how Bronny – who plays for the Sierra Canyon High School – brought an infernal opponent to his knees on Tuesday evening in the 83:57 victory over Campbell Hall.
James was able to participate in the matchup after the game against Lakers-Clippers was postponed to a later date on Tuesday. The next Los Angeles Lakers game is Friday at the Staples Center against Carmelo Anthony and the Portland Trail Blazers.
According to People Magazine, game participants silently connected for 24 seconds – the cult number that Bryant proudly wore throughout his career with the Lakers.
After the game, LeBron had a nice father-son moment with Bronny.
Former Knicks coach David Fizdale was also present and had some playful and encouraging words for the high school freshman.
It was a few days of grief for LeBron. James released an emotional social media post Monday night. On Sunday, when the Lakers had landed in Los Angeles on Sunday and had just learned of Bryant's death, he was seen tearing and hugging several people.
"I'm not ready, but I'm here now," James wrote in his first comments Monday, since 41-year-old Bryant, 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others died in the Sunday accident. "Man, I'm sitting here trying to write something for this post, but every time I try I start crying again, I'm just thinking about you, niece Gigi and the friendship / bond / fraternity that we have had!"
The Lakers star spoke for the last time on a congratulatory phone call to Bryant on Sunday morning after earning third place in the NBA rating of all time with his 33,645th point the night before.
Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and future Hall of Famer, had also paid tribute to James Social media after the game,