Kobe and James high-five across time and space. After waiting for so long, this slogan finally became reality again-Lakers championship!
After 10 years, the Los Angeles Lakers once again boarded the NBA championship podium. This time, the core of the team is no longer Kobe Bryant wearing the No. 24 jersey. However, when James lifts the golden championship trophy, Lakers fans can't help but chant.
Sometimes the trajectory of history is so similar.
In 2009, the Lakers defeated the Rockets and Nuggets in the playoffs, Kobe Bryant won his fourth championship ring in Orlando; in 2020, the Lakers defeated the Rockets and Nuggets in the playoffs, again in Orlando , James won his fourth championship ring.
"Mamba spirit" is always in the Lakers.
Perhaps, using "everywhere" to describe Kobe's influence on the Lakers is a bit exaggerated, but when Kobe and his daughter Jaina passed away unfortunately, his "Mamba spirit" has always been with this team.
The most intuitive manifestation is that James had hoped to wear the "black and gold jersey" that symbolized Kobe to win the championship, but in the end he was completely disrupted by the tenacious Heat, and put the Lakers under unprecedented pressure.
That "black gold jersey" is not the Lakers' regular jersey this season, but a "black mamba" jersey specially designed by the Lakers after Kobe's death-the prototype of the design was Kobe Bryant personally for the Lakers in the 2017-2018 season A set of black city version jerseys created.
At that time, Kobe gave his design the "Mamba spirit",
Originally, according to ESPN reports, the Lakers management planned to let the Lakers players wear this jersey during the Western Conference semifinals this season. However, the Lakers experienced ups and downs in the early playoffs, so this "black The Mamba" jersey debuted early.
For the first time wearing this jersey to play, James scored 30 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds in 28 minutes, shooting an astonishing 85%, while the Lakers beat the Blazers by 20 points.
After the big win, James talked about this jersey, he mentioned Kobe, "
James and Davis put on black and gold shirts. Throughout the playoffs, the Lakers wore this jersey a total of 5 times. The first four games ended in victory, but it was precisely because of the only loss in the fifth game that James suffered huge accusations.
James had a chance to end the game by himself in the fifth game, but he passed the ball-many fans also complained on social networks,
Trailblazer core Lillard also said that if it was he would choose to shoot himself at the last attack; another Trailblazer star McClemo said that if it was he would definitely shoot against three people...
Even the Heat player Claude mentioned Kobe after the game, and even said that when the Lakers put on this jersey, they actually inspired the Heat.
"You have been hearing that they have not lost the game in black jerseys. People are always discussing these. This may be a motivation for the Lakers, but it is the same for us. We want to tell everyone, The Lakers are not invincible."
However, the accusations and doubts brought by the "black Mamba jersey" are the pressure on James and his teammates and the ultimate motivation. Although they couldn't keep this jersey a complete victory, they eventually won the series.
James is wearing a T-shirt with an image of Kobe.
Although Kobe can no longer stand on the sidelines of the Lakers to witness the glory of this team, he will not be disappointed by the Lakers this season:
Throughout the playoffs, James, Davis, Dwight Howard and every Lakers player showed stronger beliefs.
Today, for the new leader LeBron James wearing the No. 23 jersey, he has retained this team spirit and is also the best tribute to Kobe, but he has always left a huge regret in his heart-one In this life, I can't go to an appointment party again.
"That moment was too special for me, because the Lakers fans didn't fully accept me at that time. I never doubted myself, but when Kobe said it, it definitely meant something."
During this year’s finals, James talked about his “biggest regret” in these years when he was interviewed by Yahoo Sports. The two originally agreed to have a dinner together, but in the end they failed to realize their schedule. .
Not only that, James also hopes to personally ask Kobe for advice on how to adapt to a professional sports club with such a great history. "Whether it is Cleveland or Miami, I have never joined such a great team before. I hoped to learn from He knows how I can adapt and help this team."
This "biggest regret" has now become one of James' driving forces to lead the Lakers forward.
Fortunately, Kobe should have seen this championship.
Isn’t it unrealistic to attribute the 16 playoff victories the players have put together on the court to a kind of mental power?
Perhaps only in such an environment, wearing that Lakers jersey, and shouldering the honors of the team with a long history, can we truly experience the spirit of a team called the "son of Los Angeles". The team’s tremendous influence in the face of suffering and challenges.
This is the emotion expressed by Lakers coach Vogel more than once in an interview.
"Brother Thick Eyebrow" Davis beat the Nuggets. Indeed, in this special playoff game in Orlando, the Lakers players have demonstrated what coach Vogel said.
Just like in the Western Conference Finals where the Denver Nuggets were three-pointers, when Anthony Davis hit the buzzer that turned against the sky, he couldn't help calling out Kobe's name.
That goal is just like the lore that Kobe faced the Kings 10 years ago-last minute, left wing, three-pointer, jumper.
Kobe lore the king. It was also like the night when he defeated the Nuggets and won the Western Conference championship. When James was asked how he felt about reaching the finals for the tenth time, he just replied firmly, "Our goal has not been completed."
"Kobe's memory remains in each of us, and now is the time for us to pay tribute to him in our own way." As Vogel said, Kobe's spiritual power is a treasure, and the Lakers rush towards A motivation for the championship.