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Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron on Kobe: 'I wanted to be just like him'

When he was a kid, LeBron James looked up on his bedroom wall where Kobe Bryant hung in reverence.

"I wanted to be just like him, man," James said Tuesday.

Two days after Bryant announced he would retire after this season, James expressed his gratitude and love for the U.S. Olympic teammate who pushed him to greatness and will leave the NBA as one of its most celebrated players.

Following Cleveland's morning shoot-around before playing Washington, James spent several minutes reflecting on Bryant's career and the impact he had on the Cavaliers star.

"We've always competed against one another and we always wanted to dethrone each other," James...