Late NBA legend Kobe Bryant was one of the fiercest competitors American sports have ever seen. His unbreakable drive to reach the top of the sport made millions of kids around the world idolize the former Los Angeles Lakers star, including Warriors star and Southern California native Klay Thompson.
On Friday, Klay shared the personalized inscription Kobe included in his copy of Bryant's book, "The Mamba Mentality."
“To Klay: Rings, Rings, Rings, Rings...”— Chris Montano (@gswchris) June 12, 2020
Kobe’s message to Klay Thompson pic.twitter.com/DkT7XV68N8
"Rings, rings, rings, rings," Kobe wrote to Klay.
Kobe won five championships during his time in the NBA, Klay has three (so far). The message brings to mind the iconic clip featuring Bryant interact with a heckling fan, by counting out those five titles.
best gif of Kobe.. reminding him how many rings he has. pic.twitter.com/Dq5j76mOvZ— 𝖊𝖚𝖕𝖍𝖔𝖗𝖎𝖆 (@EUPHORIA1997) January 28, 2020
It always was a simple message from Bryant, do whatever it takes to win, no matter the cost.
Klay also shared a moving tribute to Bryant following his tragic death in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26.
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No amount of words can express how much Kobe meant to me and my family. Growing up, he was my favorite player on my favorite team. Like so many of you, it has been hard for me to process what happened and what was lost. To the Bryant, Altobelli, Chester, Mauser and Zobayan families, my heart aches for your loss. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers. There is not a day that goes by I don’t think about you Big Bro. Rest in peace Mamba and Mambacita. Your legacies will live on, not only thru every hooper who love the game, but with anyone who has a dream and the passion to do whatever it takes to make it a reality. #mambaforever #mambacita
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