Rob Pelinka Has A Special Tribute for Kobe & Gigi Bryant Ahead of Lakers’ Pre-Season Game Against Nets

Published 10/03/2021, 5:38 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA. JAN. 04, 2015. Lakers’ #24 Kobe Bryant all smiles after an assist from teammate Carlos Boozer in a game vs the Pacers’ in the 1st half of the game at Staple Center in Los Angeles on Jan. 04, 2015. LA Lakers play the Indiana Pacers in a regular NBA season game. (Photo by Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


After a long wait, the NBA preseason will begin with a Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets lineup. As the regular season is still weeks away, the preseason works as a proper warmup beforehand. That being said, the Lakers are not starting their NBA season without a proper Kobe Bryant tribute.

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Following his tragic and untimely death on January 26, 2020, the Lakers have honoured their legend in every way possible. Bryant, who retired in 2016 played his entire career with the Lakers. He won five NBA titles for the franchise, dominating the league during his peak.

Let’s take a look at how the Lakers honoured Bryant for the preseason opener.

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Rob Pelinka wears apparel honouring Kobe Bryant and Gianna

Shortly after the preseason game between the Lakers and Nets began, the team shared a photo of general manager Rob Pelinka. “Rob Representing,” they wrote as Pelinka smiled for the camera with a Mamba and Mambacity hoodie on. It is a completely black hoodie, with the snake making an M and a circle in the middle.

On the wrists, one can see three hearts lined up with the numbers two, eight and twenty-four written inside.

While No. 8 and No. 24 were Bryant’s jerseys, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna wore the No. 2 jersey. Unfortunately, Gianna was also on the helicopter that crashed and claimed seven more lives.

Since their death, the world has continued to mourn. The fans loved the hoodie Pelinka wore, letting the team know that they miss Gianna and Bryant. Others shared purple and yellow hearts, some writing that they need to buy that hoodie right away.

The team also added “MambaForever” and “MambacitaForever” hashtags.

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Is LeBron James playing against the Nets?

While the preseason schedule is a way to warm up and practice before the season, we often see players rest during some games. Despite this being the first game of the season, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, and Carmelo Anthony will be sitting out. While Trevor Ariza will also sit out, he missed practice earlier due to his sore leg.

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For the Nets, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant would all be sitting out.

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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)

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Devika Pawar is a golf and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, she has over two years' worth of sportswriting experience at Republic World. Devika loves NBA a little too much and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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