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LeBron James Posts Tribute to Kobe Bryant on IG After Receiving Lakers Ring

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistDecember 23, 2020

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James reacts after receiving his NBA championship ring before an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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One day after receiving his championship ring for the 2019-20 season, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James paid tribute to Kobe Bryant.

James dedicated a message on Instagram to Bryant on Wednesday:

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“Love and miss you my brother” #MambaForever https://t.co/gRm4QFcgR8

Lakers players and staff received their rings prior to tipoff of Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

The pregame ceremony included a tribute to Bryant. Per USA Today's Mark Medinathe custom-made rings included "a mamba snake behind the players' number as well as a removable top that shows all the Lakers' retired jerseys." 

Bryant's Nos. 8 and 24 were retired by the Lakers during a December 2017 game against the Golden State Warriors

James led the Lakers to the 17th championship in franchise history last season. He was named NBA Finals MVP for the fourth time in his career, second-most all-time behind Michael Jordan's six.

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