Anthony Davis, Lakers honor Kobe Bryant after NBA Finals win: 'I know he’s looking down on us'
Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers had one person on their mind after a dominant game 6 win against the Miami Heat to claim the NBA title on Sunday night.
The win was of course for Kobe Bryant.
Davis and the Lakers honored Bryant - who was killed along with his daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash outside of Los Angeles in January - after their 106-93 win over the Heat to end the NBA finals.
"Since the tragedy, we've only wanted to do it for him and we haven't let him down," said Davis on the pitch. “It would have been great to play the last game in his shirts but it made us even more aggressive and powerful on both ends of the floor to make sure we close it tonight. I know he looks down on us proudly of us. I know Vanessa [Bryant] is proud of us, the organization is proud of us. That means a lot to us. "
The Lakers have honored Bryant and Gigi with special patches on their jerseys since their deaths. They even introduced special "Black Mamba" kits that gave them a near-perfect 4-1 record in this year's playoffs in Florida. The only loss came in Game 5 of the final with the heat.
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Davis ended the night on Sunday with 19 points and 15 rebounds in the blowout win. He averaged 25 points and 10.7 rebounds throughout the series.
And after one of the strangest and longest seasons in NBA history, it's only fitting that Davis and the Lakers end their tributes to Bryant with a trophy.
"He was a big brother to all of us and we did that for him," said Davis.
Vanessa Bryant is writing tribute to Kobe
Bryant's widow Vanessa also added a touching photo to her Instagram story on Sunday night.
Vanessa posted a photo of Bryant and Pelinka in the square at the Staples Center.
Vanessa Bryant paid tribute to her late husband after the Lakers won their 17th title on Sunday night. (Vanessa Bryant / Instagram)
“Congratulations Uncle P! Congratulations Lakers, ”she wrote. “Kobe was right, RP! "Stay on course - block the noise."
"I wish Kobe and Gigi were here to see this."
Anthony Davis paid tribute to Kobe Bryant after the Lakers beat the Heat on Sunday night to win the NBA Finals. (Douglas P. DeFelice / Getty Images)
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