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LeBron James calls Kobe Bryant 'one of the greatest to ever play this game' in personal goodbye message

One great recognizes another.

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LeBron James and Kobe Bryant played a memorable final game against one another on Thursday night at Staples Center. The nationally televised showdown was arguably the most entertaining game in which the two have shared the court, and before the tip LeBron filmed an emotional goodbye to Kobe for Bleacher Report's "Uninterrupted" video series in which he called Kobe "one of the greatest to ever play this game," among other superlatives.

Despite the two never having the rivalry the NBA and fans desperately wanted, it is pretty cool to see James so effusively praise Bryant as the two's time as the NBA's marquee names comes to an end.

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