The Lakers plan to wear their Black Mamba jerseys in honor of Kobe Bryant if they advance past the first round of the playoffs.
The jersey is set to be released on Aug. 24, which will officially be known in L.A. as "Kobe Bryant Day." It features a black background with the team's yellow trim and a snakeskin print.
That same week, Nike will be releasing five new Kobe 5 Protro colorways, along with the limited-edition “Black Mamba” Lakers jersey.
Sources: If Lakers advance past 1st round of playoffs over Portland, they plan to wear the Black Mamba jersey in honor of Kobe Bryant in following rounds. Jersey features a snakeskin print on the outside. Bryant, daughter Gianna and 7 others died in a helicopter crash in January.— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) August 17, 2020
"A day doesn't go by when I don't think about him," LeBron James said about Kobe Bryant.
Los Angeles finished the regular season as the best team in the Western Conference at 52-19. They will play the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round, a must watch series. Led by Damian Lillard, Portland fought back from being 3.5 games behind the 8th. seed and secured the postseason spot.
Nike will also be releasing a dual 8/24 “Black Mamba” Lakers jersey during “Mamba Week,” celebrating both chapters of Kobe Bryant’s career. pic.twitter.com/G2zq34Pqox— Nick DePaula (@NickDePaula) August 13, 2020
In Orange County, August 24 is declared as “Kobe Bryant Day” as Bryant lived in the Southern California county. The Southern California proclamation day takes place one day after what would have been Bryant’s 42nd birthday.