“Paradise is Mamba”: Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving Pays a Musical Tribute to Kobe Bryant

Published 12/06/2020, 9:26 PM EST
LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 18: NBA player Kyrie Irving attends the Sports Illustrated Fashionable 50 event at Avenue on July 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)


“My whole crew’s ridiculous, style so cold they’re sick of us,” said the hidden version of Slim Shady in Kyrie Irving, in his song Ridiculous. The Brooklyn Nets star has proved time and again that he can be breathtakingly creative on and off the court.

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Just as the Nets kicked off practice ahead of the new season, Kyrie dropped a video where he was rapping flawlessly. 

What did Kyrie Irving say about Kobe Bryant and his holiness?

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In his latest musical attempt, the 28-YO point guard wrote a song dedicated to the Black Mamba and while also explaining his own growth. He tagged his music producer friend and St. Patrick’s HS teammate Jerry Green in his IG story, where he revealed some of the lyrics which were, “We got so much more to do. Rocking with the ancestors, I’m doing what I’m supposed to do. I’m painting life’s canvas, I’m moving as an artist. Similar to my to my progress, I’m on a team full of martyrs. Paradise is Mamba, throwing peace to Gianna.”

It was refreshing to hear Kobe’s name mentioned alongside the word martyr. That’s exactly how the Lakers’ legend made a lot of fans feel. The world lost a soldier in him, who was fighting for social issues while being the best at his art.

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How are the Brooklyn Nets proceeding with Kyrie’s “progress”?

The Steve Nash led team took to the court for their first practice session on December 6. The head coach sounded fairly positive about Kyrie’s comeback after a long pause in his playing career. He said, “His ability is off the charts and to see him sharp and executing today the way we all know he’s capable of, but it’s still sometimes is a shock to see how beautiful the game is when it’s in his hands.”

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In other news, Kyrie will reportedly be on a media blackout and won’t speak directly to the journalists this season. The NBA league protocols want players to take interviews, and hence this move can not save him from another controversy. The last time Ky found himself in a thick soup for his “Earth is flat” comment. Putting these talks aside, Kyrie, for now, is winning hearts with his dedication to Kobe and Gianna.

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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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