LeBron James Reportedly Wore Tribute Bracelet in Honor of Kobe Bryant during Lakers Practice
Lebron James continually pays tribute to Late Kobe Bryant in less subtle ways by wearing a bracelet with the late legend’s jersey numbers.
The announcement of Kobe Bryant’s death took the world by shock as people could not come to grasp with the reality that the 41-year-old NBA legend was gone.
What made it all the more depressing was when it was confirmed that Kobe was not alone on the helicopter that crashed but that his 13-year-old daughter Giana was on board with seven other victims making a total of nine lives lost.
In the days following their demise, lots of people have taken to social media to give their tribute and pay homage to the late star and those who have died.
However, one person who cannot still come to terms with the death of Kobe is his long time friend and mentee, Lebron James.
Following the death of Kobe, Lebron has gone on to share heartwarming messages on social media; he also got a tattoo of a Mamba- Kobe’s nickname on his tighs.
Recently, he was spotted wearing a bracelet that had numbers 8 and 24, which happens to be Kobe’s jersey numbers.
NBA reporter Dave McMenamin posted the picture on Twitter and alluded that the photo was taken on Monday, February 3rd, 2020, at a Lakers practice.
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My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to MambaOnThree.org. To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org. Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ❤️
The tweet has gone on to have over 7,000 likes, 700 retweets, and numerous comments. While some remarks praised Lebron for his acts after the death of Kobe, some expressed displeasure saying he was using it to draw attention to himself.
The healing process cannot be done individually, but that through collective effort.
The NBA star who always considered Kobe a brother has also revealed that he was going to do his possible best to keep the legacy of Kobe alive by making sure all that he valued was taken care of.
The bracelet LeBron wore to Lakers practice Monday. pic.twitter.com/NNCGfxLVK8— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) February 3, 2020
The Los Angeles Lakers may no longer feel the immediate shock over the death of Kobe, but they don’t sense the pain will go away.
In what might become both therapeutic and painful, the Lakers will experience constant reminders of Bryant’s influence. Lebron said:
“Every game is going to be emotional, but time heals all, and it’s going to continue to help us every game. We’ll continue to lean on each other and lean on our crowd.”
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I’m Not Ready but here I go. Man I sitting here trying to write something for this post but every time I try I begin crying again just thinking about you, niece Gigi and the friendship/bond/brotherhood we had! I literally just heard your voice Sunday morning before I left Philly to head back to LA. Didn’t think for one bit in a million years that would be the last conversation we’d have. WTF!! I’m heartbroken and devastated my brother!! 😢😢😢😢💔. Man I love you big bro. My heart goes to Vanessa and the kids. I promise you I’ll continue your legacy man! You mean so much to us all here especially #LakerNation💜💛 and it’s my responsibility to put this shit on my back and keep it going!! Please give me the strength from the heavens above and watch over me! I got US here! There’s so much more I want to say but just can’t right now because I can’t get through it! Until we meet again my brother!! #Mamba4Life❤️🙏🏾 #Gigi4Life❤️🙏🏾
Lebron is not the only one who paid tribute to Kobe; his team-mate Anthony Davis also got a tattoo on his thigh to honor the late basketball legend.
In like manner, more tributes await at the NBA All-Star game in Chicago on February 16. Lebron said that his team would wear Gianna’s No. 2, a decision he made after consulting with his daughter, Zhuri.
While the other team would put on Kobe’s No. 24, the two sides will wear jersey patches with nine stars to represent each victim in the crash.
One profound thing that Lebron has hammered on since Kobe’s death is that the healing process cannot be done individually, but through collective effort, the grief would get more comfortable with time.