Vanessa Bryant took to Instagram and posted a photo to her Instagram story of four Los Angeles Lakers jerseys, all appearing to feature the “Black Mamba” design in honor of the NBA icon who tragically died back in the end of January.
Three of the jerseys in Vanessa’s photo sported No. 8, while the largest of the bunch had No. 24, both of which were Bryant’s numbers during his career with the Lakers. On the No. 24 jersey, a small heart with the No. 2 is etched in the shoulder in honor of Gianna, who played basketball at Kobe’s Mamba Sports Academy.
Vanessa’s post follows news of the Lakers’ intentions to wear the “Black Mamba” jersey in Kobe’s memory, should they advance to the second round of the NBA playoffs,according to the Los Angeles Times. The Lakers start their opening-round series against the Blazers on Tuesday night.
Last week, it was announced Aug. 24 8/24 will forever be Kobe Bryant Day in Orange County, California.
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