Kobe Bryant versus LeBron James was supposed to be the definitive rivalry of our time. But alas, it was not to be. Nonetheless, their relationship was tepid, at best, in the early going, no doubt due to a certain amount of jealousy on both their parts. But they’re warmed up to each other considerably in recent years and haven’t been shy about heaping praise on one another for their various accomplishments.
So in Kobe’s final visit to Cleveland Wednesday night, the two shared a friendly embrace as the Mamba checked out of the game in the closing moments while Cavs fans at the Q chanted his name and gave him a standing ovation.