Kobe Bryant was probably feeling pretty good about himself in the summer of 2010. His Los Angeles Lakers had just defeated the Boston Celtics in the 2010 NBA Finals, making them back-to-back NBA champions.
Despite the impressive feat, most of the attention that summer was squarely placed on LeBron James and his decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat. That fact did not sit well with Bryant, and he decided to make sure LeBron heard about it, according to Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding:
With a brutal seven-game victory over the Celtics in the bank for Bryant, the 2010 offseason is dominated by LeBron James’ decision to leave Cleveland for Miami. What matters to Bryant is Phil Jackson agreeing to return to coach the Lakers again in pursuit of a third consecutive NBA title. Bryant sends James a text message. It goes like this: “Go ahead and get another MVP, if you want. And find the city you want to live in. But we’re going to win the championship. Don’t worry about it.”
It’s probably worth noting following the trash talk that James went on to win two NBA titles during his four years in Miami, while Bryant has failed to make it out of the second round with the Lakers since that summer.
No word on whether James returned the favor and taunted Bryant via text after Kobe destroyed the Lakers’ salary cap room for the next couple seasons by accepting a two-year $48.5 million extension last year.