Cape Town - Los Angeles Lakers superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis have made personal and permanent tributes to Kobe Bryant.
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According to the Stuff website, on the day before their first game since Bryant's tragic death, the Lakers trained outdoors where photographers got a glimpse of James' new tattoo.
With the fresh ink still covered, the exact design is unclear, but it reportedly features a mamba snake with words underneath that some media are reporting to say "Kobe 4 Life".
'Black Mamba' was Bryant's self-created nickname to help create a new mindset and move on following his personal troubles in 2003 when he was accused of rape.
According to TMZ Sports,
James and Davis visited renowned tattoo artist
Vanessa Aurelia the previous day to brand themselves with Bryant
Bryant, a Lakers mega star for two decades, was killed in a helicopter crash last Sunday.
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James and his Lakers team-mates learned of Bryant's death while flying home from an away game. The players were seen consoling one another when exiting the plane after it touched down in Los Angeles.
Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianni and seven others were killed when his private helicopter went down in California.
Bryant, who idolised Bryant as a teenager and looked to follow his lead
in the NBA, is still too distraught to speak to media, but in an
emotional Instagram post earlier in the week he pledged to "continue your legacy" when speaking of Bryant's death.
"I'm heartbroken and devastated my brother!! Man I love you big bro. My
heart goes to Vanessa and the kids. I promise you I'll continue your
legacy man," James wrote.
The pair were team-mates for the United States when winning gold at the Olympic Games in Beijing (2008) and London (2012).
Before his death aged 41, Bryant's last tweet was to congratulate James on passing him to become the NBA's third-highest points scorer of all time.
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