Kobe Bryant’s memory lives on as family, basketball players, and fans remembered Mamba Day on Monday, August 24.
The special day wasn’t just for the famous basketball legend to be remembered by those whose lives he influenced but also because it could’ve been his 42nd birthday. The date also has a sentimental value for Kobe who wore no. 8 and 24 while he was playing for Los Angeles Lakers. Earlier this year, Kobe and his daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant and eight other people died in a helicopter crash.
His wife, Vanessa Bryant, took to Instagram to write a tribute to her husband for 18 years. In her tribute, she urged her followers to support The Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation. It’s a non-profit foundation which aimed to make Kobe and Gigi’s vision for women to excel in sports a reality.
During the face-off between the L.A. Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers, Kobe’s former team members put on their “Black mamba” jerseys with a no. 2 heart patch in honor of Gianna. Meanwhile, members of Kobe’s Sports Academy were virtually present in the arena to watch the said game.
Meanwhile, a Los Angeles City Council member informed that the street outside Staples Center, will be renamed Kobe Bryan Boulevard.
For those who are wondering how NBA stars remembered the fallen legend on Mamba Day, well they had different ways of doing so. For instance, LeBron James shared on Instagram his photo wearing a specially designed No. 8 jersey as he arrived for Game Four. He also wore the “Black Mamba” jersey designed by Kobe during the game.- Advertisement -
Lakers player J.R. Smith revealed that the team would chant his name after every break and huddle. According to him, they always speak of his memory and mindset and how they can attach that to their team as individuals to work together for their common goal which they are all striving to get.
On the other hand, Allen Iverson remembered Kobe by referring to him as the fiercest competitor he has ever seen. He also said that Kobe was a hero to him and looked up to him because of the sacrifices he made and how much he gave to basketball.