Anthony Davis: ‘Gonna feel good to represent’ Kobe with Black Mamba jerseys
The Los Angeles Lakers will pay tribute to the late Kobe Bryant during Monday’s Game 4 showdown with the Portland Trail Blazers, and Anthony Davis is looking forward to honoring the legend on the NBA’s biggest stage.
Sunday would have marked Bryant’s 42nd birthday, and the NBA world spent the day collectively mourning his tragic death and honoring his unparalleled legacy.
Father, Husband, Laker, Oscar Winner, Girl Dad, Author, Black Mamba, Champion, Mentor, Hall of Famer. Kobe Bryant ∞ pic.twitter.com/yyxRzbuToz— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) August 23, 2020
The Lakers organization will continue its tribute to the franchise legend by outfitting players in the team’s City Edition Black Mamba jerseys for Monday’s game.
The Lakers will wear their “Black Mamba” alternative jerseys on 8/24 for Game 4 of the first round against Portland, according to the NBA’s Lockervision website. Kobe Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, shared an image of the uniform, including a white heart patch with the No. 2 for Gigi pic.twitter.com/QKGVmhnOXB— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) August 18, 2020
The Kobe-inspired uniforms were first worn during the 2017-18 season.
Addressing the decision to wear the Black Mamba jerseys in a game in which the Lakers could take a commanding 3-1 series lead, Davis expressed 100% support for the tribute.
“Obviously it’s gonna feel good to represent him on the floor with his jersey,” Davis said, via the Orange County Register. “As for the emotions, I can’t really tell you. But I know it’s going to be a good emotion just to wear those jerseys and represent him on the floor like we’ve been doing all season.”
Bryant perished along with daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., on Jan. 26. There unsurprisingly has been an outpouring of tributes and the like across the globe since his death through which the NBA icon has been memorialized. This includes how Monday has been declared as “Kobe Bryant Day” in California’s Orange County.
It goes without saying that Monday’s game will be an emotional one for the Lakers organization.