Nineteen years ago, Kobe Bryant threw down a reverse dunk that became a trademark moment in a career full of them. After his tragic death in a helicopter crash, LeBron James paid tribute by imitating Kobe’s move on a fastbreak against the Rockets. Eerily, the bucket happened at the same arena at the same end of the court as the original, and it also happened off of a steal.
“I was watching social media today, and my son did the same thing in his warmup. He didn’t do it in a game, but he kind of did the same dunk in his warmups today. So, Kobe — he’s in all of us right now,” proud father James said of his son’s meta-tribute.
James had previously said that his tribute wasn’t planned. “I didn’t really predetermine that either until I jumped. I just jumped and kind of figured it out, and then … it’s crazy how it’s the same exact dunk, the same exact hoop that Kobe did [it on] — what, 19 years ago or something like that? That was nice.”
It all sounds pretty cool when you hear about it, but seeing is believing. Exhibit A is this video posted by the Lakers, which splices together footage of both NBA dunks.
Same arena. Same basket. Same dunk. 19 years apart. 💜💛 pic.twitter.com/fj7HRmqv3c
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) February 8, 2020
Pair that with the Bronny edition, also intercut with his dad’s dunk, and it feels downright spooky.
Bronny throwing it down just like his dad 🔥
(via jrr_hoops, shayzdayz/Instagram) pic.twitter.com/E2ydQ8vlnt
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 11, 2020