On Monday, the wife of the late Kobe Bryant posted a photo on her Instagram story of four Los Angeles Lakers jerseys, all featuring the “Black Mamba” design honoring the NBA icon, who was tragically killed in a helicopter crash. in January. with the couple’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven other people. She was 41 years old.

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Three of the jerseys in Vanessa’s photo sported the number 8, while the largest of the group had the number 24, both were Bryant’s numbers during his career with the Lakers. On the number 24 jersey, a small number 2 heart is engraved on the shoulder in honor of Gianna, who played basketball at the Kobe Mamba Sports Academy.

Vanessa’s post follows news of the Lakers’ intentions to wear the “Black Mamba” jersey in memory of Kobe, should they advance to the second round of the NBA playoffs, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Lakers begin their first-round series against the Blazers on Tuesday night.

Kobe, who became known as “The Black Mamba,” co-designed the black jerseys, which feature a snakeskin pattern in addition to 16 stars, the LA Times reported, noting that the team won 16 NBA championships.

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Last week, it was announced that August 24 (i.e 8/24) will forever be Kobe Bryant Day in Orange County, California.

“A treasured member of our Orange County community, Kobe Bryant was the basketball legend who inspired so many young men and women to pursue their dreams and never give up,” said Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Michelle Steel, according to CNN.

“I propose that August 24 be dedicated to the memory of Kobe Bryant and all that he brought to the Orange County community,” he continued.

Vanessa, 38, had been married to Kobe since 2001. In addition to Gianna, they had daughters Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 1-year-old.

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