Kobe's Spirit Shines Down On Lakers As They Win First NBA Finals Since The Last Decade

 “All we wanted was to do it for him. I know he’s looking down on us, proud of us… He was a big brother to all of us. We did this for him.” – 2020 Los Angeles Lakers Champion, Anthony Davis

Larry O’Brien trophy-shaped confetti rains down from Walt Disney World. Can you feel it? The Los Angeles Lakers have once again reached the NBA’s promised land in a year unlike any other. But this one is special… this one is for Kobe.

The greatest Laker of all time, Kobe Bean Bryant, represented a battle cry for the Lakers throughout their 2020 playoff run. Coach Frank Vogel rallied the troops by ending every timeout with, “Mamba on 3!” The group of Lakers that all play for Kobe emphatically reply, “1,2,3! MAMBA!”

When asked about the Lakers being up 2-0 nothing in the 2009 NBA Finals, Kobe was asked why he wasn’t smiling. Bryant replied, “What’s there to be happy about? Job’s not finished. Job Finished? I don’t think so.” The Lakers continued to repeat this mantra throughout their playoff and Finals run culminating in the franchise’s 17th championship, tied with the Celtics for an NBA record.

The Lakers have been through a more difficult year than any team in NBA history, making this the most meaningful championship in NBA history. Not only did they go through the pandemic and the biggest social justice movement in United States history after a myriad of racially charged tragedies, but they persevered through the tragedy of losing Kobe Bryant by applying Kobe’s Mamba Mentality throughout the playoffs.

However, this journey was 10 years in the making since the Lakers’ last NBA championship in 2010.

Watch Anthony Davis dedicate the victory to Kobe Bryant below:

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