Lakers Wear ‘Black Mamba’ Jerseys in Honor of Kobe Bryant in Game 5, Vanessa Bryant Responds With Support
Up 3 to 1 against the Miami Heat in the first NBA Finals to take place in a bubble, the Los Angeles Lakers had a chance to win the NBA Title Friday evening. And they hoped to win while donning their statement “Black Mamba” jerseys honoring the late Kobe Bryant.
“Tonight we take the black 🖤,” the Lakers posted Friday just hours before tip-off.
In that same tweet, the Lakers shared a quote from Lakers leaders, LeBron James. “It’s something more than just a uniform. It represents an individual who gave this franchise 20 years of his blood, sweat, and tears.”
Hall of Famer, 18-time All Star, and two-time Finals MVP, Kobe Bryant was one of the best players to ever play the game. During his 20-year as a Laker, Bryant has set record after record in games played, field goals made, minutes played, and many more.
As a result, LeBron, also one of the best players to ever lace ’em up, and the rest of the Lakers hoped to bring home another trophy while wearing the special jerseys on Friday, which would be the ultimate tribute to Kobe and all the work he put in on and off the court both during his time as a Laker and beyond in his retirement.
Bryant was a proud family man. As a husband and a father, he loved supporting his daughters, and coaching Gigi‘s basketball games. And in honor of Gigi, who died in the same helicopter crash as her father and seven others, the jerseys had a white heart with a black #2 inside on one of the sleeves. Gigi wore the number two on her own jersey when she played.
Vanessa Bryant posted on her Instagram story a picture of LeBron, Anthony Davis, and Rajon Rondo rocking the jerseys and gave her seal of approval.”Mamba and Mambacita jerseys approved for game 5. Let’s go, Lakers 💜💛.”
And it a jersey they have worn before. After Davis’ game-winner against the Nuggets, he told TNT, “We never wanna lose in these jerseys.”
While the Lakers didn’t win on Friday, they did win it all just a couple days later on Sunday. And as Davis said in his postgame interview, the Lakers won it for Kobe.
Charlie Lapastora is a sports/news multimedia journalist who’s reported, written, produced, anchored, shot video/edited on different NBC, ABC, and FOX shows in multiple TV markets, along with digital & new media companies. Charlie has traveled the country telling national sports, news, feature, and original stories on a cable news network, airing on top 10 TV markets, satellite radio, and digital platforms. He is passionate about his faith, family—being a husband to whom he calls the G.O.A.T. of women—about reppin’ his home state of Michigan and Detroit teams (yes, including the Lions), good coffee, and loves how sports brings people together. He’s traveled the world leading and coaching sports camps and has also worked at the Detroit Pistons and LA Clippers’ NBA teams.
At The Buzzer, or ATB, is the place for those who love sports, life, family, community, and so much more. We are far from the run of the mill 24/7 sports news websites. We not only bring you what’s happening in the world of sports in terms of trades and breaking news, but we also bring you the news that goes on behind the scenes. The stuff you don’t see during the 48 minutes of an NBA game or the 60 minutes of an NFL game. We let you know what’s going on in the lives of your favorite athletes. From big life moments like becoming a mother or a father to highlighting personal videos of them raising their little ones, At The Buzzer is the place you go when you want to relate to the athlete you root for on a daily basis. If you're interested in how Russell Wilson juggles being one of the best quarterbacks in the league while also being a doting husband and father-of-three, we got you covered. Interested in seeing a video of Iman Shupert's three-month-old baby speaking her first words, we have that here at ATB. Or would you rather watch Tiger Woods' son growing up and following in his father's footsteps, don't worry, we can show you that too. At The Buzzer is so much more than sports. It's relatable, reliable, and ready to show you a side of sports you didn't know existed. Our goal at ATB is to bring you relatable, entertaining news that will leave you feeling closer and more informed about the people you are looking up to and rooting for. Sports are more than just a group of organizations that entertain you, it's about the people who make up those organizations and the stories of how they became the people they are today. So take a minute and read one of our articles, we promise you won't regret it.