Kobe's last tweet was to congratulate LeBron on overtaking him on top-scorer list

NBA legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash at the age of 41 on Sunday. Kobe's last tweet before his death was a tribute to Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, who overtook him as third-highest scorer in NBA history.

27th January 2020 | 02:00 PM (IST)

Bryant died in a helicopter crash with four others on board in Calabasas, California on 26th January, 2020.

Eyewitnesses say the chopper could be heard sputtering before it crashed and bursting into flames killing everyone on board.

But fans have taken to social media in their droves to pay their respects to one of the greatest basketball players of all time.

He was third on the NBA’s all-time scorer list behind only Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

James, 35, scored 29 points in the LA Lakers’ 108-1 defeat to the Philadelphia 76ers, moving him to 33,655 career points, 12 more than Bryant.

Having achieved this, Kobe took to Instagram to congratulate James on overtaking him, showing all the class he showed as a player.

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On to #2 @kingjames! Keep growing the game and charting the path for the next. 💪🏾

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After overtaking Kobe, James said he was ‘just happy to be in any conversation with him’ and confirmed his belief Kobe was ‘one of the all time greatest basketball players ever’.


Top 10 all-time NBA scorers

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – 38,387

Karl Malone – 36,928

LeBron James – 33,655

Kobe Bryant – 33,643

Michael Jordan – 32,292

Dirk Nowitzki – 31,560

Wilt Chamberlain – 31,419

Shaquille O’Neal – 28,596

Moses Malone – 27,409

Elvin Hayes – 27,313

After this absolute tragedy, the legend of LeBron James will certainly increase and his legacy on basketball, America and the wider world will surely cast an even mightier shadow.

RIP to a true legend and role model.

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27th January 2020 | 02:00 PM (IST)