LeBron James posts emotional tribute to Kobe Bryant on Instagram

Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant greets Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James before the start of an NBA basketball game. (Kevin Sullivan/AP)

More than 24 hours after Kobe Bryant was killed in a devastating helicopter crash, LeBron James has spoken.

James, who surpassed Bryant for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list on Saturday, posted a lengthy and emotional message on Instagram to pay his respects to the Los Angeles Lakers legend and his daughter, Gianna, who also died in the crash along with seven others.

Warning: Contains NSFW language.

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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 s— 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!! #Mamba4Life #Gigi4Life

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The Lakers were slated to play on Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers, but the game was postponed “out of respect for the Lakers organization” following Bryant’s death on Sunday.

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