LeBron James speaks publicly for first time on passing of Bryant

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(WDBJ7)-- LeBron James spoke publicly Monday night, for the first time since the death of his longtime friend, Kobe Bryant.

James begins, "I'm not ready but here I go" as he sets the tone for the rest of the post. He continues, "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."

"My heart goes to Vanessa and the kids. I promise you I'll continue your legacy," James expressed.

See the full message posted to his Instagram page.

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