Before attending Kobe Bryant’s final NBA game at the Staples Center in LA on Wednesday, Kendrick Lamar stopped by ESPN to pay homage to the basketball legend.
Bryant played 20 historic NBA seasons at the Los Angeles Lakers and last night was his final game. He drew a huge crowd which comprised of a lot of celebrities including K-Dot, Jay Z and Kanye West.
“How do empires last when there’s no longer an emperor?” the Compton rapper said during a video with ESPN. “I mean, we got you, but at the same time, we got you. Your blood, your sweat, your tears, and even your DNA is placed in these L.A. concretes, man. Nothing will ever replace that or erase that. Forever great in our hearts. With that being said, know that it’s never goodbye. It’s simply respect due…forever.”
The video clip was shot at the Los Angeles Lakers first home at The Forum, where Kobe spent the early part of his career before the team moved to the Staples Center.
Kendrick Lamar admitted that he is a huge Kobe fan and also name dropped the NBA legend on one of his recent singes ““untitled 02 06.23.2014” where he compared his close friend and TDE CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith to the relationship that Kobe Bryant and former Lakers coach Phil Jackson had.