NBA star LeBron James struggled Monday in a social media post to describe his grief and heartache over the loss of his friend and competitor Kobe Bryant.

“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!” James wrote on Instagram.

Gigi was the nickname of Bryant’s daughter Gianna, 13, who was killed with her father and seven other people when the helicopter they were traveling in crashed Sunday near Los Angeles.

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Bryant’s death at 41 sparked coast-to-coast outpourings of grief and support. 

Now it appears LeBron may be paying tribute to Kobe in another way.  

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