Los Angeles Lakers clinched their 17th NBA championship title on 12th October, defeating Miami Heat four-wins-to-two in the 2020 NBA Finals series. Meanwhile, LeBron James takes to Instagram to tribute the late basketball icon, Kobe Bryant.
The year of 2020 has been tough for the NBA and especially the LA Lakers contingent, for the unfortunate demise of Kobe Bryant, a Lakers Hall of Famer and one of the greatest basketball stars of all time.
The five-time championship winner, who spent his entire career with the Lakers, passed away along with 13-year-old daughter Gianna due to a helicopter crash on 26th January, which saddened the entire global sporting fraternity.
Remarkably, Lakers have clinched their 17th Championship title in the same year, a decade after they won their last Larry O’Brien trophy, led by Kobe himself back in 2010.
LeBron James tributes Kobe Bryant on Instagram
LeBron, having won the fourth championship of his career, honours Kobe with a photo on Instagram, where he is seen sitting with Kobe’s iconic no. 24 jersey, along with the caption: “Hope I’m made you proud my brother!! Love and miss you Champ!! 🐍💜💛 #BlackMamba 24•8•2❤️”
Following Kobe’s death, Lebron James along with his Lakers teammate Anthony Davis decided to tribute the legend by getting tattoos, inscribed with the iconic ‘Mamba 4 Life’ phrase.
Lakers themselves honoured Kobe with all of its players donning ‘Black Mamba’ jerseys for the Game 4 of their playoff tie versus the Portland Trailblazers back in August.
Kobe Bryant spent 20 seasons at Lakers until his retirement in 2016, two years before LeBron joined the team. Along with five championship wins, Mamba was awarded the NBA MVP in 2008 and won the NBA Finals MVP twice. He is also a two-time Olympics gold medallist.
The 2020-21 NBA season is scheduled to kick off from January 18th.