They say legends never die. The Los Angeles Lakers pay tribute to the late Kobe Bryant with their 2020 NBA championship rings. The basketball icon passed away earlier this year in a helicopter crash.
The last time the Lakers won an NBA championship it was Bryant leading them to victory. The team honored Bryant’s 20 year legacy with the team. The championship rings feature numerous easter eggs including tributes to Bryant’s career.
Each ring features a snake wrapping the player’s jersey number on the side of the ring. Throughout his career, fans called Bryant the “Black Mama” because he was an assassin on the court. Bryant reportedly developed the persona after watching Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” franchise.
The ring also features a removable top that pays legacy to Bryant and the other Lakers greats.
“We created a removable top that exposes the rafters that are up in Staples Center with [jerseys of] all of the retired Laker greats. With a special emphasis put on Kobe’s No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys. And it’s set on a snakeskin-texture background,” ring designer Jason Arasheben told ESPN.
Kobe Bryant Dies Earlier This Year
The sports world experienced one of its greatest shocks in January when Kobe Bryant passed. Bryant and his daughter 13-year-old daughter Gianna died when their helicopter crashed in California. Seven other people also passed when the aircraft went down.
After his death, fans, celebrities, and fellow NBA players began an outpouring of tributes and memorials for the athlete. Many consider Bryant to be one of the greatest players ever to grace the NBA court. Throughout his career, he had a fierce loyalty to the Lakers and to Los Angeles, staying with the team for 20 years.
He retired in 2017 but continued to mentor rising NBA stars. During his career with the Lakers, Bryant won the championship five times. His accomplishments are destined to go down in the halls of history, as well as his words of advice.