Kobe Bryant honored with special ‘Black Mamba Court’ on ‘NBA 2K21’
Kobe Bryant is being honored even more than originally expected in the upcoming “NBA 2K21,” as one of the cover athletes for this year’s iteration of the iconic video game series also has a special court in “The City.”
The official “2K21” site shared details and teaser footage related to “The City,” including the tribute to the late Los Angeles Lakers legend, among other bells and whistles, last week.
The City is about to be insane— NBA 2K21 (@NBA2K) November 4, 2020
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One of these courts was built to commemorate and celebrate the late Kobe Bryant. The surface is textured beautifully with Kobe’s signature snakeskin design, and his numbers 8 and 24 mark the restricted areas at the opposite ends of the court,” the release notes reveal. “And overlooking the grounds is a gigantic mural of an iconic Kobe moment, where he stood triumphantly on the scorer’s table as he celebrated his 5th NBA championship. I know you all are picturing the pose. What you are thinking is correct; and it is immortalized right here in NBA 2K21’s The City.
This week, however, brought a sneak peek at exactly what the “Black Mamba Court” looks like in “NBA 2K21.”
The Kobe Bryant court in next-gen NBA 2K21 (available in The City) pic.twitter.com/6wOFfrWdsP— Steve Noah (@Steve_OS) November 9, 2020
Bryant was unveiled in July as the cover athlete for the “Mamba Forever” special edition” of “NBA 2K21,” joining Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard (current-gen consoles) and New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson (next-gen consoles) as the third and final “NBA 2K21” cover athlete.
Bryant perished along with daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., on Jan. 26. The cover-athlete tribute and the “Black Mamba” court were likely to occur even without his untimely passing, but now those honors sadly have been done in memoriam.