LeBron James, who resides in Los Angeles during the offseason, visited the Rams vs Seattle Seahwks game on Sunday only to be taunted with ‘Kobe’ chants by the partisan L.A. crowd.
— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) September 18, 2016
As 90,000+ fans packed the Coliseum, the chants grew louder when James and his kids emerged from the tunnel to enjoy their field-level access.
Even though Bryant and James never faced off in an NBA final, many believe they are the two greatest players since Michael Jordan and shared a rivalry that compares to Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.
Sunday’s game was the home opener for the Los Angeles Rams, the first football game played in Hollywood since 1994. The Rams didn’t disappoint as they stunned Super Bowl contenders Seahawks with a 9-3 victory.
Despite the fans welcoming James with hostility, Rams owner Stan Kroenke, who also owns NBA club Denver Nuggets, was happy to pose for pictures and share the skybox with the three-time NBA champion.
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) September 18, 2016
LeBron James takes selfie with Rams helmet!
According to The Washington Post, television cameras caught LeBron James taking a selfie with a minature Rams helmet placed on his head (see below). Incidentally, the Rams originated from Cleveland, where they played between 1937 and 1945 before moving to Los Angeles.
LeBron using an iPhone ?
(sorry for being a narc) pic.twitter.com/NfnSTsNofi
— Hector Diaz (@iamHectorDiaz) September 18, 2016
Alec Ogletree, entering his fourth season with the Rams, said he had never heard a crowd as energetic as Sunday.
“We got them to go for a couple of false starts, it was loud in there, hard for them to hear. As long as I’ve been a Ram, we’ve never had the crowd be like that, like it was today,” said the linebacker.
Meanwhile, the Rams edged out the Seahawks courtesy of Greg Zuerlein’s three kicked field goals. After being embarrassed 28-0 in their opening game at San Francisco, it was a bounce back win for the Rams.
Jeff Fisher, coach of the Rams, said his team was on the right track. “We’ve got to keep working on it. Someway, somehow, whether it’s special teams or defense, I’ll take a touchdown next week. That would be cool.”
The Rams will next travel to Tampa to face the Buccaneers next Sunday.