Remember When Kobe Bryant Went to the White House Wearing This?

28 Jan 2002:  Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers presents President W. George Bush with a personalized Lakers jersey during the Lakers visit to the White House in Wahington D.C. to honor their 2001 NBA Championship.  DIGITAL IMAGE. NOTE TO USER: Userexpressly 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. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright 2001 NBAE. Mandatory credit Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images.
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Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2014

The Miami Heat visited the White House on Tuesday, and that brings back memories of past NBA champions making a trip to Washington, D.C.

Specifically, it brings back memories of Kobe Bryant. The man with five championship rings wore one of the most bizarre outfits that we have seen during a team's trip to the White House, via's Bobby Karalla:

That picture comes from the Los Angeles Lakers' White House visit back in 2002, which was in the middle of the team's three-peat.

Those were the happy days of Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal:

28 Jan 2002:  Shaquille O''Neal and Kobe Bryant ham it up during the Los Angeles Lakers'' visit the White House in Wahington D.C. to honor their 2001 NBA Championship.  DIGITAL IMAGE. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloadi
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Looking back on it, the Black Mamba probably wonders what possessed him to wear that. Maybe he was really into The Matrix?



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