LeBron James posted an Instagram photo dedicated to Kobe Bryant on Wednesday, three days after the Los Angeles Lakers won the 2020 NBA Championship.
“I hope I made you proud my brother !! I love you and I miss you Champ !! James wrote in the caption of a photo depicting him wearing a No. 24 Bryant jersey.
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. @ KingJames with a message for Kobe Bryant 💛💜 (🎨: cole / Instagram) https://t.co/G7WXJmtn3T
After Bryant’s death in January, James dedicated the season to the Lakers legend and vowed to continue [Bryant’s] heritage. “
The Lakers wore a patch with Bryant’s initials on their jerseys after his death and found several other ways to honor him and his family, including the introduction of their Black Mamba jerseys.
The team chose to wear the Black Mamba uniforms in Games 2 and 7 of each playoff series in honor of Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, who also died in the helicopter crash. The Lakers also wore them in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, which closed the series.
Gianna, who was a rising star on the basketball court in her own right, wore number 2.
“I mean, every time you put on purple and gold you think of his heritage,” James told reporters at Bryant in September. “You think of him and what he stood for for this franchise for over 20 years, and what he stood for both on the floor and on the floor. What he demanded of his teammates and what he demanded of himself. some similarities in this sense. ”