LeBron James paid tribute to Kobe Bryant with a new tattoo. James was spotted with what appears to be a black mamba snake inked on his left thigh before he started basketball practice on Thursday (Jan. 30).
As the Lakers continue grieving Bryant’s death, coach Frank Vogel took the players for a light workout outside of the team’s training facility in El Segundo, Calif. “One of the luxuries of living in Los Angeles,” Vogel said according to ESPN. “It’s a beautiful day out. There’s always therapeutic benefits to sunshine and being outside in the fresh air.”
Lakers Football workout before practice.. Lebron looks NFL ready 🔥 Lakers team ran routes and completed agility training on the Football field as apart of offload work and team bonding. @TroyDaniels30 @AntDavis23 @KingJames @rajonrondo @kylekuzma @QCook323 pic.twitter.com/o90M0ptENC
— Swish Cultures (@swishcultures_) January 30, 2020
— Lakers Empire (@LakersEmpire) January 30, 2020
James’ tattoo was visible as the team ran routes and before Thursday’s practice, and he’s not the only one on the team to get inked up in Bryant’s honor. Lakers player Anthony Davis got a Bryant-inspired tattoo on his right thigh. Vanessa Aurelia, a tattoo artist based in Riverside, Calif., posted a video of James and Davis’ tattoos on her Instagram stories.
Bryant and eight others, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and two of her teammates, died in a helicopter crash last week.
In light of the tragedy, the Lakers canceled a game earlier in the week but will return to the court on Friday (Jan. 31) where the team is expected to honor Bryant and the eight other crash victims.