Lakers to Wear Black Mamba Jerseys Honoring Kobe Bryant for Game 5 vs. Heat

Jenna CiccotelliContributor IIIOctober 7, 2020

FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) celebrates with teammate Anthony Davis (3) after an NBA conference final playoff basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Lakers won 105-103. The jerseys will be hanging in their lockers when the Los Angeles Lakers arrive for Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Friday night, Oct. 2. Black jerseys, trimmed in gold, a snakeskin print on the exterior to make it further unique. They are the Black Mamba jerseys. Designed by Kobe Bryant — and now worn for Kobe Bryant. “We never want to lose in these jerseys,” Lakers forward Anthony Davis said. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
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The Los Angeles Lakers will wear their Black Mamba jerseys honoring Kobe Bryant during a potential series-clinching Game 5 on Friday, per Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press.

When wearing the jerseys in the postseason, the Lakers are undefeated.

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The Lakers have made the switch to wear their Black Mamba uniforms for Game 5 of the #NBAFinals LA is 4-0 this season when wearing these jerseys. https://t.co/SMgrXolJNk

The late Bryant designed the black and gold snakeskin threads in 2017 as the first addition to the City Edition collection. 

The Lakers wore the jerseys during Game 2's 124-114 victory and were scheduled to don them again in a potential Game 7. Reynolds said they will still wear them if the series goes all the way, but cannot wear them in Game 6, because the Heat will be wearing black.

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To the Bryant Family: "We're with you guys. We love you guys." https://t.co/JtZ2p6AtqI

"It's always special to be able to represent someone who meant so much, not only to the game, but obviously to the Lakers organization for 20-plus years," James said after Game 2. "For us to honor him being on the floor, this is what it's all about." 

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"We never want to lose in these [Mamba] jerseys" - Anthony Davis https://t.co/lgtqILpESc

Anthony Davis also spoke about the impact of the uniform during the Western Conference Finals. 

With the track record these jerseys have during the postseason—and the meaning that's behind them—there's no time like a championship clincher to bring them out again.