LeBron James Praises Kobe Bryant For His Jersey Retirements With Epic Tweet

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Yesterday in Los Angeles was Kobe Bryant's day and night, as the NBA legend had not one, but two jerseys hung up in the Staples Center rafters for his 20 years playing for the Lakers.

Throughout the entire day, hundreds of thousands of messages were sent all over social media congratulating and thanking the Black Mamba for everything he's done for the Los Angeles organization, including winning five NBA titles, two of which he took home Finals MVP honors.

The hashtag '#ko8e24' was used by many, including past and present players, representing both numbers Kobe had retired last night in the Lakers game against the Golden State Warriors, a feat no other player in NBA history has done before for the same franchise.

Even LeBron James got in on the action, tweeting out to one of his biggest career rivals before the ceremony.

https://twitter.com/KingJames/status/942949175964196864

In his own special way, James gave major props to one of the legends of the game, and a man who he's had several wars with over the year.

LBJ even poked a little fun at himself with the 'Not 1, not 2..' comment, referencing the time back in Miami where James suggested he'd win at least seven titles for the Heat.

It's a damn shame we never got to see these two greats go head-to-head in a Finals series. The 2009 NBA season was our best chance to see such a spectacle, but Dwight Howard and his Orlando Magic had to go and spoil everything by defeating James and his Cavs in the Eastern Conference Finals.