The LA Lakers Paid Tribute To Kobe Bryant With An NBA Title Win In A Decade
The Los Angeles Lakers did it for Kobe Bryant, and the late NBA player was “surely looking down” on his team with pride. It was the first NBA title for the team in a decade, and nothing else could have made Kobe prouder than this win.
On Sunday, the LA Lakers beat the Miami Heat, 106-93, making their way for a 4-2 series win and a joint record 17th championship.
The season was different for several reasons. With the ace player missing, the Mamba Mentality strategy was more intensely felt. The game was also one that resumed in the NBA Bubble in Orlando, which definitely made it a season unlike any other.
The LA Lakers didn’t play at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, yet they won the series, making them ecstatic with “Kobe” chants. It was a championship that was solely dedicated to the late player, and each of the players acknowledged the significance of the win later while talking to the media.
Following the win, the players remembered Kobe and dedicated the win to him. Anthony Davis said, “Ever since the tragedy, all we wanted to do was do it for him, and we didn’t let him down. I know he’s looking down on us proud of us, I know Vanessa’s proud of us, the organization’s proud of us. He was a big brother to all of us, and we did this for him.”
LeBron James, who was named the Finals MVP scoring 28 points, also said echoing Davis, “The team “got as close as you possibly can be, when that moment (accident) happened. It brought the whole basketball world close as well, but when you’re internal and it hits home it just means that much more, and we locked in from that very moment and said: ‘This is bigger than us.”
Kobe passed away last year in a tragic helicopter crash alongside his 13-years old daughter, Gianna. He was a prominent NBA player for LA Lakers throughout his career. He had five title wins, including one in 2010, the last one for LA Lakers before Sunday’s win.
Kobe’s widow remembered him and Gianna by sharing a photo of Kobe and Lakers’ GM Rob Pelinka to her Instagram Story. She also congratulated the team and shared a quote of Kobe, “Congratulations Uncle P! Congratulations @lakers. Kobe was right, RP! ‘Stay the course- blockout the noise.’ @kobebryant. Wish Kobe and Gigi were here to see this.”
It was amazing to see the fans coming down on the streets of downtown Los Angeles to celebrate the win. Their chants of “Kobe, Kobe, Kobe” added to the success and showed their love for the deceased player.
Check out some of the memorable moments of the Sunday’s game.