LeBron James Breaks Silence After Kobe Bryant's Death: 'I'm Heartbroken... Crying Again Just Thinking About You'

NBA superstar LeBron James has a connection with the league's stars, both past and present. James moved into third all-time of the NBA's all-time scoring leaders on Saturday night, passing Kobe Bryant.

On Monday night, James made his first public remark on the death of Kobe Bryant, who was killed in a helicopter crash Sunday just north and west of Los Angeles.

James was on a plane from Philadelphia back to Los Angeles on Sunday when news broke that Bryant had died in a helicopter crash earlier that day. The sports world was shocked, and even those not in the sports realm felt the tremors.

Bryant on Sunday morning was killed in a helicopter crash on the outskirts of Los Angeles, California. Bryant's 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, who goes by Gigi, was also killed in the crash.

On Monday, the NBA stated that the Lakers-Clippers game on Tuesday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles would be postponed. In addition, the Dallas Mavericks said that no other player in its team history would wear the No. 24, which was one of two jersey numbers retired for Bryant by the Lakers—the only player in NBA history to have two different numbers retired by one team.

Kobe Bryant and LeBro James
LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers match up during the first half at Staples Center on March 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

James made an Instagram post that reflected his emotions.

"I'm Not Ready but here I go. Man I sitting here trying to write something for this post but every time I try I begin crying again just thinking about you, niece Gigi and the friendship/bond/brotherhood we had! I literally just heard your voice Sunday morning before I left Philly to head back to LA. Didn't think for one bit in a million years that would be the last conversation we'd have. WTF!! I'm heartbroken and devastated my brother!! Man I love you big bro. My heart goes to Vanessa and the kids. I promise you I'll continue your legacy man! You mean so much to us all here especially #LakerNation and it's my responsibility to put this shit on my back and keep it going!! Please give me the strength from the heavens above and watch over me! I got US here! There's so much more I want to say but just can't right now because I can't get through it! Until we meet again my brother!!"