7 Years After Kobe Bryant’s Advice Helped Strike Gold, Kyrie Irving Recreates Iconic ‘Mamba’ Moment Against Michael B. Jordan

Published 10/07/2023, 1:18 PM EDT

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The Kobe Bryant stories never get old in the world of basketball. Arguably one of the greatest to ever grace this game, Kobe has left a lasting impact on the sport. Much like every other great athlete, there are disciples who try to follow in their footsteps. As for the case of the Black Mamba, Kyrie Irving is that disciple among many others.

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Irving’s love for the late legend knows no limits, and recently he showcased his own version of the iconic “Mamba Moment”. Currently in Abu Dhabi, the 31-year-old recreated one of Kobe’s most iconic moments against Creed actor Michael B. Jordan.

Kyrie Irving channels his inner Mamba

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There are millions of people across the globe who are inspired by Kobe’s greatness. While the number is too many to count, Irving boasts a unique achievement that isn’t known to many. The 8x All-Star had a very special relationship with the LA Lakers legend. In fact, Kobe once went on record to say that Irving is the person he’s closest to in the league.

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Much like his own story, Kobe admired Michael Jordan and then went on to chase his idol in his quest to be great. Kobe had admitted that he sees something special in Irving.

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Living up to the praises of his hero, the Dallas Mavericks star showed up for a challenge. After B. Jordan extended a free throw challenge, Irving was quick to respond to it. Although, strangely, he used his left hand to shoot, which is similar to what Kobe had done in the past. Once the 5x NBA champion had torn his rotator cuff, forcing him to stay out of the game. But being the mentality monster he was known for, Kobe refused to let that injury stop him and proceeded to continue with his left hand.

Irving recreating his hero’s iconic moment for himself is a sweet sight for hoop fans. Although Michael B. Jordan was declared winner of their contest, the 31-year-old making attempts with his left hand was iconic to see.

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Kyrie Irving’s lockerroom Facetime to Kobe Bryant

When the Cleveland Cavaliers were 3-1 down in the finals, Kobe had some advice for Irving. Although he started off by saying that the Cavs may not be able to make it through, which only fueled Irving’s hunger to win. After all, it was about showing his idol that he had all the tricks in his book. When the Cavs managed to pull one of the biggest surprises in NBA’s history, the Lakers legend received a Facetime from his mentee.

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Soaked in champagne inside the locker room, Irving told Kobe “Dude it worked, your advice worked.” The 18x All-Star was fond of Irving’s talent and had a wide smile on his face, recalling the Facetime after the finals.

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Prateek Singh

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Prateek Singh is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports, known for his insightful coverage of the league. With a deep passion for basketball fueled by the late Kobe Bryant's championship runs, Prateek has built his writing career on astute analysis and a firm understanding of the game. His transparent reporting and dedication to providing quality content have earned him credibility and respect among readers and industry professionals alike.
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