Friday 3 April, 2020

LeBron James unveils 'Mamba 4 Life' tattoo in honour of Kobe Bryant

LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.

LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.

LeBron James unveiled a "Mamba 4 Life" tattoo after the death of Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant.

Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday, along with seven others in Calabasas, California.

Lakers superstar James, who surpassed five-time NBA champion and 2008 MVP Bryant for third on the all-time points list on Saturday, has been hit hard by the tragedy.

In a lasting tribute to Bryant, James used Instagram to unveil his tattoo: a black mamba snake, two roses, the numbers 24 and 8 – both worn by the Lakers legend – above the writing "Mamba 4 Life". The black mamba is a fast-moving venomous snake.

The tattoo photo came in a swipe post along with a photo of James leaning on Bryant's shoulder courtside. It was posted yesterday ahead of the Lakers game against the Portland Trail Blazers. 

In the past 19 hours, over seven million persons have liked the post. James captioned the entire post - '❤️My brother ♾ #Mamba4Life #RIPKobe #RIPGiGi'

Tuesday's showdown with neighbours the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center was postponed after Bryant's fatal crash.

This demonstration by James comes as the NBA continues to honour Bryant, his daughter Gianna and the seven other victims.

On Friday, the NBA and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced the 2020 All-Star uniforms will pay tribute to the pair.

Team LeBron (James) will wear number two and Team Giannis (Antetokounmpo) number 24 – Gianna and Kobe's basketball jersey numbers respectively.

In addition, both teams will wear jersey patches displaying nine stars, representing those who lost their lives in the crash.

The 69th All-Star Game will take place at the United Center in Chicago on February 16.

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