LEBRON James posted a tribute to fellow NBA superstars Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan on social media.
Using his Instagram account, James posted on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time) his appreciation in competing and learning from the recently retired players. Bryant retired after the last regular game of the Los Angeles Lakers while Duncan and Garnett announced they were done after the season.
“Three of the greatest to ever pick up a basketball all hung ‘em up in the same summer! What an honor to be apart of their legacies by just simply competing against them throughout my career. (I’m going to) miss you boys out there!,” said James.
The three-time NBA champion said the future Hall of Famers set “the example on what championship level play, mindset, excellence, professionalism and dominance. Five years from now that will be one heck of a night at the Basketball Hall of Fame when all 3 of them will enter for life!”
James made special mention of Garnett, saying how the prep-to-pro pioneer helped influence him to make the same leap a few years later.
“(You) were drafted straight out of high school to the pros so I felt like man whoever get him is a lucky team. And I surely wasn't wrong! The ‘KID’ nickname was fly, swagged out and made a 10-year-old kid from Akron believe he could run with the big boys himself!”
After Garnett was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves fifth overall in 1995, James entered the NBA in 2003 as the No.1 pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“Eight years later that kid you inspired entered the draft fresh out of high school as well. Thank you! Competing versus you in whatever uniform you were in at the time meant the world to me because of two distinctive traits you had: passion and commitment to just compete every single possession.”
According to James, Garnett showed him what it took (to win) even though they never played on the same team apart from All-Star games.
“Thank you! Congratulations to The Big Ticket on a helluva career! Hall of Fame is your next stop to cap it all off, the cherry on top.”