From the moment that LeBron James announced his decision to sign a four-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, people’s attention has turned to Kobe Bryant. In his two decades playing for the Lakers, Bryant was the king of Los Angeles, but now, there’s a new king in town. People wondered if Kobe was capable of passing the baton to James, even if he's over two years removed from his last NBA game.

Shortly after LeBron’s announcement, Bryant posted a message on Twitter, welcoming him to the Lakers, while congratulating their front office on their successful pursuit of the best player in the world today.