“Every Time We’re Together”: Lakers Head Coach Reveals How Team is Continuing to Honor Kobe Bryant

Published 09/15/2020, 7:05 AM EDT
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James celebrates after scoring a three pointer with center JaVale McGee and forward Anthony Davis in the first half against the Portland Trail Blazers in game four of the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers had a great start to their 2019-20 season. They finally had strong support in the name of Anthony Davis to help LeBron James. But the tragic news of the death of franchise legend Kobe Bryant left them broken. 

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Before Kobe’s passed away, the Lakers were 36-10 in the Western Conference. They even enjoyed a 10-game winning streak in the season before what felt like doomsday on January 26. To completely overcome such a devastating loss is impossible. Hence, the Lakers decided to turn that fateful event into something that could fuel them.

Los Angeles Lakers pay Kobe Bryant a tribute every time they play

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The NBA organization, other sporting leagues, and fans all around the world tried everything they could to pay their respect to Kobe (24) and Gianna Bryant (2). But the Lakers being the one and the only team the Black Mamba ever played for had to ensure they did a little extra.

The head coach of the team came up with the idea to remember Kobe at least once every time they went out on the court. He made the point that the undying presence of Kobe in everyone’s heart had to keep motivating his team to live the Mamba Mentality. 

This is such a powerful way to motivate the team. It also honors the man who won five championships for the franchise and went down as one of the greatest players to have ever played the game.

Have a look at this clip where coach Frank Vogel announced and congratulated the team for converting 19-three pointers in game 5 against the Rockets.

LeBron James keeps the Black Mamba close to his heart

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LeBron James was one of those players who was probably the most affected with the news of Kobe’s demise. Several times, the media captured Bron shedding tears in the emotional moments when Kobe’s name was mentioned. The Akron Hammer also did his bit to pay respect towards his idol by wearing a ‘24’ band on his finger. It also has a white strip attached in honor of his daughter. 

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On the eve of Kobe’s 42nd birthday, the Lakers wore his Black Mamba jersey. They defeated the Blazers with a 135-115 win. Bron scored 30 points, 10 assists, and 6 rebounds in just 28 minutes of play that day. Such is the power that Kobe bestows upon his beloved team.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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