LeBron James shared a fantastic memory about Kobe Bryant's insane competitiveness
With Kobe Bryant announcing on Sunday that he plans to retire after the season, many NBA players have spoken out praising both the talent and competitiveness that has come to define Bryant over the years.
One such player was LeBron James, who spoke at length about Bryant, citing numerous stats and individual moments from Bryant's illustrious career.
Either James or Bryant has appeared in every NBA Finals since 2007, and James even jokingly apologized for not holding up his end of the bargain in 2009, when the Cavs won a franchise-high 66 games but failed to reach the Finals, where they would have met Bryant and the Lakers.
But of the many anecdotes James shared about Bryant, one in particular best illustrates Bryant's competitive spirit.
At the 2008 Olympics, Team USA played rival Spain in a preliminary group game, and just a few possessions into the game, Bryant ran straight through his Lakers teammate Pau Gasol on a pick, sending the 7-foot Spaniard to the ground and earning Bryant a flagrant.
Here's how James remembered it, via Cleveland.com:
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