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LeBron unveils ‘Mamba 4 Life’ tattoo in honor of Kobe

By: - Reporter / @MarkGiongcoINQ
/ 05:11 PM February 01, 2020

When LeBron James wrote #Mamba4Life in a post on Instagram Saturday, he meant it figuratively and quite literally.

In a tribute to his “brother” Kobe Bryant, James had a black mamba with the numbers 8 and 24 and roses tattooed on his left thigh.

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James revealed his new tattoo Saturday just hours before the Los Angeles Lakers played their first game since Bryant’s tragic death in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, California where eight others including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were also killed.

An emotional James, who also delivered a speech before tipoff at Staples Center in Los Angeles, had 22 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists in the Lakers’ 127-119 loss to the Blazers.

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The Lakers had not played since Sunday in Philadelphia where James passed Bryant for third in the NBA all-time scoring list.

They were supposed to meet the Clippers on Wednesday but the league had to postpone the highly-anticipated clash following Bryant’s death as the city of Los Angeles mourned for its adopted son.

Bryant, 41, won five championships and played 20 seasons all with the Lakers.

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