NBA Pays Thoughtful Tribute to Kobe Bryant in Recent ‘Welcome to NBA Lane’ Video

Published 10/07/2021, 3:46 PM EDT
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 05: Kobe Bryant attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 5, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)


The NBA welcomed fans to its 75th anniversary with an elaborate ‘Welcome to NBA Lane’ video. Actor Michael B. Jordan has produced and acted in the video, with many NBA icons showing up one by one. It goes without saying that the commemorative video included a fitting Kobe Bryant tribute.

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The later Los Angeles Lakers legend lost his life in a tragic helicopter crash last year. The world has been mourning his death since then, paying tributes in any way they can. To this day, many cannot imagine the NBA without the five-time NBA champion.

Here’s a look at the ‘Welcome to NBA Lane’ video and their memorable Kobe Bryant tribute.

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NBA honors Kobe Bryant in 75th-anniversary video

Throughout the 2 minutes 48 seconds video, Michael B Jordan is seen driving a bus through what should be the NBA lane. At the 1:55th mark, the bus stops, Devin Booker, halting his car right behind. Jordan, who is narrating, mentions that some things are bigger than basketball as the camera pans out to cover a Kobe Bryant mural.

A short silence is observed before the bus moves on. Booker also opting to salute Bryant’s mural before driving away.

Fans seemed to love Bryant’s part, obviously still missing the NBA icon. One even admitted that Bryant’s part sent chills down his body.

That being said, the entire video is quite elaborate. Many NBA players make an appearance, showing off their skills while Jordan narrates. Here’s a look at the complete list of players and other cast members apart from Jordan.

NBA players

  • LeBron James, LA Lakers
  • Anthony Davis, LA Lakers
  • Carmelo Anthony, LA Lakers
  • Russell Westbrook, LA Lakers
  • Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets
  • Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers
  • LaMelo Ball, Charlotte Hornets
  • Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns
  • Chris Paul, Phoenix Suns
  • Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls
  • Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz
  • Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
  • Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans
  • Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks

Along with players, fans were also able to witness NBA legends like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Russell in one place. Isiah Thomas, Dwyane Wade, Jerry West, and Larry Bird were a few others who made an appearance. Additionally, Mascots like Hugo (Hornets) and Benny the Bull (Chicago Bulls) also appeared.

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(Denver, Colorado – Friday, May 29, 2009) Lakers guard Kobe Bryant yells out in frustration after just missing a circus shot against the Nuggets defense late in the first half in game 6 of the NBA Western Conference Finals at the Pepsi Center. (Photo by Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Was something missing in the video?

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What many fans did end up missing in the video was Golden State Warriors icon Steph Curry and NBA legend Michael Jordan. While many appreciated the video overall, they seemed to miss Curry and Jordan’s presence.

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Some even joked about the situation, adding that the NBA chose to get Michael B. Jordan as they could not get the Chicago Bulls icon.

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Devika

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Devika Pawar is a Golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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