Saying that "the dreams are substantially bigger now" for the young Los Angeles Lakers core, Kobe Bryant personally welcomed LeBron James to the Lakers family shortly after James committed to the storied franchise on Sunday.
Bryant told his former rival that he is here to support the newest Lakers superstar and his family and that James' arrival has pushed the Lakers back to "front and center again and top of the conversation" as a destination in the NBA.
"I spoke to him during the playoffs and then I talked to him last night, right after the decision," Bryant told Stephen A. Smith on ESPN radio. "I told him, 'Welcome to the family, man.' It sounds crazy but I said, 'Dude you are part of the family now. So anything you need on my end, I got you. Whatever the case may be, I am here for you.' Just wishing him and his family the best and looking forward to seeing them when they get in."
"Dude, as people, you got to help your brothers do well," added the ultra-competitive Bryant, who goes from rivals with James to being a part of the same franchise. "I had a great run, I played 20 years, it was awesome, I had a great time, we are fortunate enough to win five championships and all that. Now it is somebody else's time. And that is what the Lakers have always been about..."
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