Lakers’ Anthony Davis reflects on honoring Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan as L.A. won title
Not only did the Purple and Gold do just that, but L.A. also found a number of ways to commemorate Kobe en route to championship No. 17.
The Lakers wore the “Black Mamba” jerseys throughout the NBA restart, with Anthony Davis repeatedly stating the team felt a special sense of pride donning those jerseys.
As a matter of fact, Davis himself had an interesting way of paying tribute to both Bryant and Michael Jordan as the Lakers captured the title in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
Davis, who was born in Chicago, wore a “Black Toe” version of Kobe PEs inspired by the Air Jordan 1s.
“The Brow” explained he wanted to make a statement and honor two of the greatest players in league history with his footwear:
“I’m more of ‘wow’ guy when it comes to shoes,” Davis said, via Aaron Dodson and Nick DePaula of The Undefeated. “I want them to stand out. I wanted bright colors. It felt great to represent Chicago in a Kobe 5 – two GOATs. It was a great moment.”
Davis is well on his way to joining Bryant and MJ among the ranks of the greats.
The 27-year-old is already one of the most accomplished and skilled big men of this generation, a stretch-four capable of dominating on both ends of the floor and imposing his will as a scorer and shot-blocker.
Now, Davis has a ring to show for his efforts, and he captured said ring wearing some fancy sneakers in a fitting celebration of both Kobe and Mike.
Davis will be a free agent later this fall, but he will surely be hungry to recapture some of the glory he achieved this season.