Los Angeles Lakers honored the late Kobe Bryant with a ‘1, 2,3 Mamba’ shout in practice on Tuesday. The players were in high spirits.
The Lakers led by LeBron James honored the icon with a special huddle-breaking message during their practice on Tuesday.
Kobe is arguably the greatest player to wear the iconic Purple and Gold. The ‘Black Mamba’ won 5 championships during his 20 year long Lakers’ career. Kobe and his daughter Gianna died in a helicopter clash in January this year. His shock demise sent the Lakers’ and the NBA fraternity into a state of shock. LeBron and his Lakers would surely like to win one for the franchise icon this year.
1-2-3 MAMBA Shout
Several players from the Lakers have discussed the tragic death of Kobe during their interviews in the bubble. LeBron recently remarked that every member of the organization remembers Kobe and his family every day.
The 4 time MVP accepted during an interview in the Bubble that he thinks about Kobe everyday. All the emotion around LeBron suggests that he wants to win the NBA title for Kobe and the city of Los Angeles.
The latest tribute from the players have shown their affection for the legend. The huddle-breaking message is a great way to remember Kobe whose work ethic and mentality were second to none.
The Lakers end their pre practice huddle chanting “1-2-3-MAMBA”
— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) July 21, 2020
Head coach Frank Vogel mentioned that coping with Kobe’s demise bought the squad even closer. The Lakers’ chemistry is there to be seen by everyone this season. The Lakers’ coach said the following:
“Any time a group like ours goes through something so emotionally deep, I just think it forms bonds, strengthened our group,” he told reporters in Orlando. “We always, even prior to this happening, we wanted to embody what he stood for and even more so now with what happened. We want to honor his memory.”
What’s next for the Lakers?
The Lakers will play a couple of scrimmage matches against Dallas Mavericks on July 23 and July 25. The absence of Bradley and Rondo will be a body blow to the Lakers in the bubble. The Lakers currently sit atop the western conference and remain 5.5 games ahead of the Clippers.
The Lakers will resume their campaign against the Clippers on July 30. The Clippers could prove to be the major thorn in Lakers’ attempt to win that elusive NBA title.
Kawhi and Paul George are an exciting duo and the Clippers have good enough depth in their ranks to challenge and even beat the Lakers to the NBA title.