It’s difficult to come to the realization that it’s been almost a year to the date that the world lost such an iconic figure. For many fans, players, and loved ones, it may still be hard to accept that Kobe Bryant, along with his daughter Gianna and 7 others, was taken way too soon. Due to that fact, the Los Angeles Lakers have made no plans for the one-year anniversary as the organization does not want to make it any more difficult for those who are still mourning the loss.
As of now, there is no tribute planned for the former Laker, and the team will not be wearing the Black Mamba uniforms during either game on Monday or Wednesday night. Instead, the team will be honoring Kobe’s life in their own individual ways. One of the ways the team has honored him since last year has been their breakout huddle. After Saturday’s win over the Chicago Bulls, Anthony Davis spoke about its importance.
“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. And ever since the tragedy happened, we had a mindset that this is bigger than, you know, ourselves.”
Of course, the team’s ultimate tribute was their success last season as the team won their first NBA title since Kobe Bryant lead the franchise to its last one in 2010.
“When the tragedy happened, it was more so, you know, ‘Let’s do it for him. And that’s what we ended up doing all last year. … We know we fought to the end for a purpose, and it wasn’t just for ourselves. It was for the Bryant family. And we were able to get that accomplished.”
– Anthony Davis
The Lakers are off to another hot start this year as they’ve been the best offensive team thus far. The team is hoping they can repeat last season’s performance to honor Kobe yet again.