Across sports, Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant served as an avatar of sorts as players and coaches all referenced his approach to the game of basketball and the kind of work it takes to be the best.
Bryant was known as one of the fiercest competitors the NBA has ever seen, and that type of attitude and mentality inspired countless athletes to try and be the best player they could possibly become. The Lakers legend’s passing remains one of the saddest tragedies to happen and although he is gone he remains an inspiration to people around the world.
Athletes across every sport have paid some sort of tribute to Bryant and that has not changed even though more than a year has passed since the accident. For example, Cincinnati cornerback Coby Bryant has decided to switch his number from No. 7 to No. 8 from the College Football Playoff game against Alabama in order to honor Bryant, via Cincinnati’s football team:
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— Cincinnati Football (@GoBearcatsFB) December 27, 2021
Coby Bryant was named after the Lakers superstar and quoted him at his press conference as Cincinnati prepares to take on the No. 1 seed Alabama Crimson Tide in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. Coby Bryant has long idolized Kobe Bryant and even previously wore No. 24 as a baseball player growing up.
Seeing Coby Bryant make the number switch during an important game is a cool gesture and another reminder of the type of influence Kobe Bryant still has to this day. The Black Mamba’s legacy as a player and competitor will never be forgotten and people like Coby Bryant will continue to honor the Lakers icon and surely make him proud.
LeBron James, Kobe Bryant make list of most tweeted about male athletes in 2021
Being a member of the Lakers organization comes with its perks, and any star who plays for the storied franchise receives a large boost in terms of popularity and following. Such is the case for someone like LeBron James who continually sees his name appear on the news or in social media.
James and Bryant were featured on a list of the most tweeted about male athletes in 2021, and it goes to show that playing for the Purple and Gold means a player will always be relevant in the sports world.
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