Los Angeles Lakers Pay Tribute to Kobe Bryant on Christmas Day
The Los Angeles Lakers are commemorating the legendary Kobe Bryant with a heartfelt gesture for their highly anticipated Christmas Day matchup against the Boston Celtics. In anticipation of the game held at Crypto.com Arena, the Los Angeles Times reporters, Dan Woike and Helene Elliott, unveiled an inspiring sight – white That’s Mamba Shirt carefully placed on each and every seat within the arena. These shirts bear the poignant phrase “That’s Mamba” prominently emblazoned on the chest, accompanied by Kobe Bryant’s iconic sheath logo just beneath it.
This tribute goes beyond apparel, as the Lakers also shared a poignant video originally posted. The video showcases remarkable highlights from Kobe Bryant’s illustrious career while celebrating the core values that defined his approach to the game: “Passion. Obsession. Fearless. Resilience. Relentless.” This heartfelt homage not only pays tribute to his exceptional basketball prowess but also underscores the enduring legacy of his Mamba Mentality.
Kobe Bryant’s untimely passing in a tragic helicopter crash, alongside his daughter Gianna, in 2020 left an indelible void in the basketball world and beyond. Nevertheless, the Lakers, and the NBA have remained steadfast in their commitment to preserving the memory and spirit of this five-time champion. Through initiatives like this, they continue to honor Kobe Bryant’s unparalleled contributions to the sport and his enduring impact on fans worldwide.
Giveaway tee shirts for fans at Laker game today. pic.twitter.com/zFGrYXMieC
— Helene Elliott (@helenenothelen) December 25, 2023
Kobe Bryant shirts for fans at today’s Lakers-Celtics game pic.twitter.com/I9kFNStber
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) December 25, 2023
A Memorable Christmas Day Showdown and the Legacy of Kobe Bryant
In “The Gift of Game” Christmas Day promotional video, the NBA featured Santa Claus sporting Kobe 6 Reverse Grnch sneakers. During the game, Celtics guard Jaylen Brown made a notable appearance, clutching a pair of these iconic Reverse Grinch sneakers.
Vanessa Bryant, the widow of Kobe Bryant, rekindled her partnership with in March 2022. This partnership encompasses the continuation of the Lakers legend’s signature shoe line and the introduction of merchandise dedicated to honoring Gianna, with the proceeds benefiting the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation.
This year, on Christmas Day, the Lakers and Celtics are set to square off for the first time since 2008. In their last encounter, Los Angeles emerged victorious with a final score of 92-83, marking a historic moment as it gave head coach Phil Jackson his 1000th career win. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with an impressive 27 points and also contributed nine rebounds.