WATCH: Kobe Chants Heard on Streets of LA as Lakers Fans Celebrate NBA Title

Published 10/12/2020, 12:06 AM EDT
Los Angels Lakers fans celebrate after the Lakers defeated the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the 2020 NBA Finals to win the NBA Championship, during the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Los Angeles, California, U.S., October 11, 2020. REUTERS/Ringo Chiu


The glory days are back for the Los Angeles Lakers. After a splendid playoff run, they have won their 17th title in franchise history. The Larry O’Brien trophy has returned to LA, a decade after Kobe Bryant led them to the title.

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As the final buzzer went off, the city of Los Angeles erupted. Fans thronged the streets and celebrated their team’s success outside the Staples Center. Despite the lockdown, fans went ahead with their celebrations and chanted “Kobe” as they dedicated this win to the late legend.

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The Lakers won the title almost nine months after Bryant passed away in an accident. This was the best way the team could honor him; by winning the title for him.

Kobe Bryant: Lakers hero

During his playing days, Kobe won five titles for the Lakers. That cemented his place in franchise history and also made him a hero to the city. Throughout LA, many murals have been dedicated to him as a sign of the love and respect he earned from the city.

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When Kobe passed away in January, pressure mounted on the Lakers to win the title this season for him. They were already among the title favorites but after Mambas’s demise, players knew that they had to put in the extra work to bring home the title for him. Kobe always wanted to win a sixth ring to be on par with his idol, Michael Jordan, but was unable to do so.

 

Oct 11, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; The Los Angeles Lakers pose for a photo after their win over the Miami Heat after game six of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. The Los Angeles Lakers won 106-93 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Led by LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Lakers fulfilled what was expected from them. They channeled their inner Mamba to honor the late Black Mamba. It was indeed a poetic victory for the Lakers and for the city of Los Angeles.

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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