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LeBron James Loved It When Kendrick Lamar Showed Up At Lakers Practice

Life in Los Angeles for the Lakers is a bit different than in past seasons. There’s always glitz and glamour, but LeBron James makes them a significantly more interesting team than in previous years. That won’t always translate into the win column, as it failed to on opening night against Sauce Castillo and the Trail Blazers. The game began with a few dunks from LeBron, but the final result wasn’t what’s going to get that team into the playoffs.

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Still, the hype is real for James and the Lakers this year. Quavo wrote a song for the Lakers’ opener, and the intersection of music and sports continued for L.A. on Friday night when rapper Kendrick Lamar joined the team after practice to share some words of wisdom.

The Lakers posted about Lamar joining them for their “genius series,” where apparently he addressed the team about, what else, staying humble.

It’s not clear exactly what he said, but the words certainly resonated with James, who posted the group photo the Lakers shared and also said what the meeting meant to him on Instagram later that evening.

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“The homie @kendricklamar came in today and blessed us all with mad game talk, inspiration, drive and what it means to get to the mountain top from the bottom and remain there throughout it all,” James said on Instagram. “Appreciate you brother!”

Playing in Los Angeles makes these kinds of interactions easy for James, and the “genius series” certainly makes these kind of talks a bit more common for the team.

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant scores 60 points, makes NBA history in final game

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Apr 13, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Fans cheer after Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) hits a jump shot during the third quarter against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. Bryant was playing in the final game of his NBA career. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant said goodbye to the NBA on Wednesday night, and he definitely did it on his terms. The Lakers star finished his final game with 60 points on a stunning 50 shots, the most of his NBA career and the most in NBA history since 1984.

It was the most points by a player in their final NBA game. It was the most shots taken in recorded NBA history, passing Michael Jordan. It was an unrelenting assault in the form of shots. The man so revered for his indomitable will showed it in gunning in a way never before seen. Bryant made his career by doing things his way the entire time, and it was that way in the end.

The night came amid emotional farewells from former teammates, rivals and fans. Bryant missed his first five shots, clearly caught up in the emotion of the moment, but once he got cooking, he went right to work.

For Bryant, whose game was always built upon usage, taking it on himself to drag his teams forward, it’s only fitting that the Lakers’ future Hall of Famer ended his career putting up an insane scoring night amid a torrent of shots.