Touring LA: The Kobe Murals


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As Los Angeles mourns the recent loss of Kobe Bryant, the city has gained some amazing Kobe inspired murals. Artists around the city have brought the mamba mentality to their creativity with their respected visions of Kobe & Gianna Bryant. One thing that Bryant’s death has given us, is a sense of community. We always knew how strong Lakers nation was but it’s amazing to see LA come together like this. In a generation where social media is king, going to these murals and talking with fans alike has made LA feel closer than ever before.

The following will be a guide to most of the Mamba pieces around LA, so you can experience the greatness for yourself. Luckily most of them are within a 5 mile radius so you can hit them all in a day like I did!

Kobe Signature & Gigi- VEM Exotic Rentals (11459 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604)

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Kobe Galaxy – Custom Auto Craft (100 N. La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA)

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#8 Kobe/ Kobe & Gigi (1255 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA)

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The Legend (7701 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA) Piece on N. Spaulding Ave Block

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Kobe & Gigi (7663 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA)

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Girl Dad (Pickford Market 4566 Pickford Street, Los Angeles, CA)

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Frobe (Shoe Palace 7725 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA)

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Champion Kobe (1318 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles CA)

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All of these murals are one of a kind, just like Kobe was. What I think is great is that it shows so many different sides of the Kobe we all knew. Remember to check out Staples Center ASAP as his memory is living on around LA Live in an unforgettable way. My recommendation is to either start their or end there. It will either fuel your fire to go on this journey or end it with a champion celebration. So get out there and pay your respects, it will be an experience you will never forget.

 

RECAP: The Return Of Kobe Bryant!


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The anticipation of Kobe’s return was at a high level to say the least. Bryant, one of  the top players in the league for the last 17 years returned from a torn Achilles injury Sunday night against the Toronto Raptors. It had been 240 days since Lakers fans had heard, “At the other guard, wears number 24, at 6-6, 18th campaign from Lower Merion High School, Kobe Bryant”. Last night they got their wish!

Everyone was at the edge of their seat waiting for Kobe to touch the ball and score that first basket! Kobe took a different approach and came out passing the ball and getting teammates involved.

It wasn’t until midway through the second quarter that Kobe got his first basket. It was a double pumpfake, leaner with the left hand for a bank shot and two points. Staples Center and the Lakers bench erupted!

Overall you could tell Kobe was trying to find his rhythm in a game he hasn’t played in months. Also his teammates seemed a little bit nervous and confused about how to react to him on the court. All in all, Kobe has some rust to brush off and confidence to gain back…..and dare i say it…..a championship to win! Mr. Bryant finished the night with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in 28 minutes. The Lakers lost 106-94 in Kobe’s return and according to his interview he feels like he has a lot of work to do.

Welcome Back Kobe Bryant.