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Lakers look to close out Heat with Black Mamba jerseys

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Lakers look to close out Heat with Black Mamba jerseys

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 02: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts with Anthony Davis #3 during the second half against the Miami Heat in Game Two of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on October 02, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images/AFP


The Lakers hope to capture the NBA crown wearing the Black Mamba jerseys, which saw them undefeated in 4 games this postseason

The Los Angeles Lakers are set to wear the Kobe Bryant-inspired Black Mamba jerseys for the potential title-clinching Game 5 on Friday, October 9 (Saturday, October 10, Manila time), the team announced.

The Lakers were originally scheduled to wear the Black Mamba jerseys in Game 2 and Game 7 of the NBA Finals, but the Lakers have decided to also wear them for Game 5. 

The Lakers are currently undefeated at 4-0 this postseason when wearing the Black Mamba jersey, a black uniform with a gold trim and a subtle snakeskin pattern.

It’s a tribute to the Lakers legend Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash along with his daughter Gianna and 7 others in January. 

The last time the Lakers donned the Black Mamba jerseys, LeBron James and Anthony Davis scored 33 and 32 points, respectively, to guide the Lakers to a 124-114 victory over the Heat in Game 2 of the best-of-seven series. 

“It’s always special to represent someone that meant so much, not only to the game but also to the Lakers organization for 20-plus years. For us to honor him, being on the floor, this is what it’s all about,” said James following their Game 2 victory.

“We’re thinking about the Bryant family, Vanessa and their daughters. They’re with us, we’re with you guys. We love you guys and hopefully, we’re making them proud by wearing these uniforms… throughout the course of the postseason.” 

Anthony Davis also noted the impact of the Black Mamba jerseys to the Lakers, who will vie for their first championship since Bryant led the storied franchise to back-to-back title in 2009 and 2010. 

“When we put those jerseys on, we for sure play with extra energy and effort because we know that we cannot lose on those jerseys,” said Davis.

“And so we try to go out every night, especially when wearing those jerseys, and compete to the highest level, and have that Mamba Mentality that we speak about because we know that he’s watching over us and he’s extremely proud of us that we got this far.”  – Martin Mendoza/

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