‘Better Than Winning a Championship’: Kobe Bryant’s Mural Revealed in Hollywood

Published 06/05/2021, 5:48 AM EDT
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – DECEMBER 14: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers waves to the crowd after passing Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list with a free throw in the second quarter of the game on December 14, 2014 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)


Kobe Bryant, superstar of the Los Angeles Lakers, was a five-time NBA champion and was one of the most dominating players the league has seen. Besides being exemplary on the court, Bryant ventured into Hollywood as the first person to win an NBA title and an Oscar for the best animated short film named “Dear Kobe”.

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In the meantime, Bryant got a mural in Hollywood. An artist dedicated this to the accomplishments of Kobe Bryant made in life.

LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 24: Kobe Bryant and his family, his wife Vanessa Laine Bryant, left, and daughters Gianna Maria Onore Bryant, right, and Natalia Diamante Bryant, far right, at the City Council Chambers, in Los Angeles, Calif., on Aug. 24, 2016. (Photo by Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Hollywood’s dedication to Kobe Bryant

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Artist Brian Peterson’s mural measures 25 feet by 45 feet and it depicts an epic image of Kobe kissing his Oscar Awards, while having his NBA titles by his side. Bryant earlier spoke about how it meant to start a new career.

“I feel better than winning a championship. When you start over, you really have to quiet the ego. You have to begin again,” said Kobe.

It is a special dedication for this amazing personality. Bryant passed away in 2020 in a helicopter crash which left fans, and players shocked. The mural is a symbolic interpretation of what he achieved in life.

Significantly, he got inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame class of 2020. Vanessa Bryant delivered a moving speech along with Michael Jordan by her side. It was an emotional moment.

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Bryant’s legacy with the Lakers

Even though Bryant was one of the best players on the court, he did many charitable contributions to the Los Angeles community. He granted wishes for the Make-A-Wish foundation. His entry into the entertainment industry was significant, considering how he loved the spotlight. Starting a new career shows how dedicated he was to becoming great.

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 01: Kobe Bryant hosts a Kobe A.D. event at MAMA Gallery on November 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)Bryant is one of the most incredible performers of all time. He averaged 25 points per game in his career spanned 20 years.

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Even though Kobe Bryant passed away too soon, his legacy will forever remain untouched. However, it is safe to say that he enjoyed success on and off the court. But we will always remember Kobe’s antics on the court.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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