"I spoke to him during the playoffs, and then I talked to him last night, right after the decision," Bryant told Stephen A. Smith on ESPN Radio.
"I told him, 'Welcome to the family, man.' It sounds crazy, but I said, 'Dude, you are part of the family now. So anything you need on my end, I got you. Whatever the case may be, I am here for you.' Just wishing him and his family the best and looking forward to seeing them when they get in."
"Dude, as people, you got to help your brothers do well," added the ultracompetitive Bryant. "I had a great run, I played 20 years, it was awesome, I had a great time, we are fortunate enough to win five championships and all that. Now it is somebody else's time. And that is what the Lakers have always been about."
When Bryant came to the Lakers, he said, Magic Johnson welcomed him and Shaquille O'Neal with open arms.
"We were able to carry on the tradition with Magic's and Kareem's [Abdul-Jabbar] support, and certainly it is our responsibility to pay that forward," he said. "So anything that I can do whatsoever to help LeBron bring a championship back to the city of L.A., I am all for it."
"It requires a certain amount of thick skin because it is a place that is used to a certain legacy," Bryant said. "You have to be able to have thick skin and the inner confidence that things will be just fine and then be able to instill that into the rest of your teammates as you are going through the worst of times.
"LeBron has proven that he can do that. They have thrown everything at this kid since he was in high school, and he has been able to deal and persevere with it, and I am looking forward to him doing the same thing here."
"It takes a certain player to put on that jersey," Bryant said. "Our franchise has been really fortunate to have some truly great, historic players to represent the franchise. Extremely fortunate now to have LeBron as one of those players.