Kobe Bryant plays in the final game of his NBA career tonight in Los Angeles, and so, naturally, people everywhere have been paying tribute to longtime Lakers star. That would include many Redskins players, notably wide receiver Jamison Crowder, a longtime L.A resident, as you can see (though his face his hiding) above.
From his Instagram: "Didn't think this day would come but what I will say is growin up in #Southcentral LA and being a laker fan u showed me the way it's suppose to be done at a high level !! This where I get that dog in me that competitive nature !! I can easily say your One of the greatest I've saw play in person for our generation !! Salute big homie One hell of a career."
Yes, #MambaDay was in full effect, and for good reason.
Bryant, 37, announced his farewell tour early in the season and will officially retire after 20 seasons and five championships to his name. Among his other accolades include MVP, two-time NBA Finals MVP, 18-time All-Star, 11-time All-NBA First Team and two-time NBA scoring champion.
Redskins players, many of whom grew up during peak Kobe Bryant years, have a large place in their heart for him, even as his game has regressed from injuries in recent years. Bryant was the next iteration of Michael Jordan, the torchbearer carrying the league through the early 2000s. It's only natural athletes get sentimental.
Here's what some posted throughout the day.
"Can't believe it :("