Devin Booker Explains What the Kobe Bryant Mural in NBA’s Newest Commercial Means to Him

Published 10/13/2021, 12:30 PM EDT


Kobe Bryant and Devin Booker shared a special relationship ever since the Suns drafted Booker into the league. Booker always described Kobe Bryant as his idol and modeled his game around the way Kobe player. Moreover, last week, the NBA released a commercial featuring many legends from the history of the NBA. In the commercial, there’s a 10 second moment of silence as a tribute to Kobe.

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Devin Booker specially features in that shot saluting the mural of Kobe in the background. The mural quoted Kobe’s famous advice to Booker, “Be legendary”. Here’s what Booker had to say about the origin of that mural tribute:

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Devin Booker on his tribute to Kobe Bryant in NBA’s newest commercial

In a press conference after a preseason game, Devin Booker spoke to the media about the NBA’s newest commercial. While talking about his tribute to Kobe, he said, “I had a few people telling me that that was their favorite spot. I’m glad the way it turned out, obviously. No lines, which is how I wanted it to be and I got to pay my respects at the same time. So it’s a no-brainer for me. I talked to Vanessa about it, she 100% cleared it, which made me feel even more comfortable doing it. And that was that.”

Jun 28, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) shoots over LA Clippers guard Terance Mann (14) during the first half of game five of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Further, the reporter asked him if he felt in awe of seeing the final shot with the mural. He said, “I know how Photoshop works. But there’s a lot of murals of Kobe down there that I’ve drove past and had that same feeling. You know so it was pretty accurate and easy to get into character knowing what it was for, for me”. 

Several experts around the league have compared Devin to Kobe for their style of play. However, Devin has always shot down any comparison, stating that Kobe Bryant is his idol and he is not in the same league as Kobe was.

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What does ‘Be Legendary’ mean to Devin Booker?

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After a regular-season game in 2016, Kobe Bryant signed a pair of shoes for Devin Booker which read, “Be Legendary“. Ever since then, this message has been close to Devin. Kobe truly has a special place in Devin’s heart.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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