The one-year death anniversary of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant is on Tuesday. According to ESPN, Lakers don't really have any special plans for a formal tribute in order to avoid attracting huge attention on the day of the anniversary.
They won't be wearing the Black Mamba jerseys on Monday when they face the Cleveland Cavaliers or as they go up against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. Instead, the Lakers will try to remember the legend in their own subtle ways. Wearing pairs of Kobe sneakers on their feet along with a No. 24 on LeBron James' finger sleeve and commemorating him in every team huddle is already enough to celebrate the life of Bryant.
“To this day, it's, ‘Mamba on three!' anytime we bring it in because we still want to recognize that he's a part of our organization,” Anthony Davis said via ESPN. “And ever since the tragedy happened, we had a mindset that this is bigger than, you know, ourselves.”
Many Lakers are still mourning Bryant's death up to this day, nearly a year after the tragic helicopter accident took the lives of nine individuals. In response to the situation, the Lakers eventually handled their business on the floor and successfully won the 2020 NBA title in memory of the late Lakers icon.
However, LeBron James and the team won't simply settle for a lone championship. Despite all that has happened, Kobe Bryant still serves as an inspiration for the team and will continue to fuel them as they look to notch another successful campaign in the 2020-2021 NBA season.