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Kobe Bryant says it’s ‘f—king awesome’ to see LeBron James in a Lakers jersey

It’s safe to say most Lakers fans probably agree with Kobe Bryant about what it’s like to see new Lakers star LeBron James rocking purple and gold.

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When Kobe Bryant made his first appearance at a Los Angeles Lakers game since LeBron James signed with the team as the Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets for their first home win of the season on Thursday night, it wasn’t quite clear what to expect from the evening.

But while such a symbolic passing of the torch wasn’t without it’s awkwardness — most notably a crowd chanting “Kobe” before being silenced by a 3-pointer from James — after the win, both future Hall of Famers were effusive in their excitement about seeing one another at Staples Center.

And just as much as Bryant says he liked seeing James in a Lakers jersey, the rest of the Lakers enjoyed seeing Bryant at the game, including James himself.

James said he didn’t get a chance to share any words with Bryant, but that it was special to have one of the franchise’s biggest stars in the house (via the team’s official Twitter account):

“Of course you notice him sitting right there on the baseline over there. One of the all-time Laker greats, what he’s done for this franchise in his 20-plus years that he was here speaks wonders. For me to be able to compete against him all those years, and then for me to be able to share a jersey, the same jersey as him at this point, it’s pretty special.

“I know he’s doing a lot of things right now after basketball. His daughter looks like she’s on her way playing the game of basketball — she looks nice playing too — so for him to take the time out to come and watch us play tonight was pretty cool.”

Bryant’s former teammate — and now Lakers head coach — Luke Walton also enjoyed seeing the man he won two rings with:

Lakers guard Lance Stephenson similarly couldn’t hide how hyped he was to have one of his “favorite players” from childhood in the building:

Lonzo Ball, who had Bryant at at least one game during his rookie season, said it was still unique any time one of the team’s greatest players ever is in the building:

As James mentioned, Bryant has a lot of other projects, so it’s unlikely he becomes a regular at Staples Center this season no matter how “f—king awesome” he says it is to watch LeBron. However, given how warmly he was received by the players and how raucous the crowd was every time he was shown on the jumbotron, maybe Bryant will make a few more trips out to games this season.

You can follow Harrison on Twitter at @hmfaigen.

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