“Kobe Bryant is the greatest Laker of all time”: When Magic Johnson explained why the Black Mamba was better than him, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the others
Just before the start of the last game of his illustrious 20-year career, the Los Angeles Lakers and several NBA legends paid tribute to Kobe Bryant. During the ceremony, Magic Johnson called the Mamba “the tallest to wear purple and gold.”
Kobe bryant is considered one of the greatest personalities in the NBA of all time. Bryant has dressed for purple and gold his entire career and has lived a rather celebrated life in Los Angeles. The the Los Angeles Lakers the legend is said to be one of the most influential players who has succeeded in implanting his famous “Mamba Mentality” philosophy in the minds of his millions of fans around the world.
The Black Mamba was one of the greatest players the game had ever seen. His pure competitive spirit and the insane passion to be the best version of himself at any given time were what set him apart from his opponents. Bean has dedicated countless hours in the gym honing his craft, helping him reach the top of the game. For this reason, Bryant is one of the most accomplished players of all time.
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For over 20 years, Bean sacrificed his blood, sweat and tears to the city of LA. And according to an all-time NBA and LAL legend, Bryant is the greatest Laker of all time.
Just before Kobe Bryant’s farewell match, Magic Johnson gave a heartfelt speech for the Mamba calling him the greatest Laker of all time
The Los Angeles Lakers are the association’s most accomplished organization. With 17 NBA Championships under their belt, countless legends have worn purple and gold. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson, Elgin Baylor and many others, all contributed to the success of the franchise. However, according to Magic, someone who is considered the greatest Laker of all time, Kobe Bryant is the best at dressing up in a LAL kit.
During the 2015-2016 season, Kobe Bryant prepared to play his last game of an incredible 20-year career, on the 14the April 2016 against the Utah Jazz. Moments before the announcement, the Lakers franchise, the NBA, and several legends past and present decided to pay tribute with a video for Bean. A few all-time greats even decided to say a few words for Kobe.
In a truly heartfelt speech, Johnson called Kobe the greatest Laker of all time. Magic added:
“We are here to celebrate greatness,” Johnson said before a sold-out crowd. “For 20 years, excellence. For 20 years, Kobe Bryant has never cheated at gambling, he has never cheated on us as fans.
“He played with the injuries, he played with the injuries and we have five championship banners to show for that. Over the past 20 years, this man has been the biggest and biggest celebrity we have had in this city. He’s not only a great sports icon, but also the biggest to wear purple and gold. “
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– Mamba Insider (@Mamba_Insider) August 22, 2021
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With 18 All-Star appearances, 15 All-NBA selections, 2 scoring titles, 12 All-Defensive selections, 1 MVP, 5 championships, 2 MVP finals and 20 long years of service for the city of LA, Magic was absolutely sure of ‘calling Kobe Bryant the “tallest to wear purple and gold”.