The tragic death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna has rocked the entire NBA world. Fans and players alike have been pouring their hearts out on social media about how much the former Lakers guard meant to them. Many of those fans have made their way to the tattoo shop to get tribute tattoos for Bryant, and now two of the biggest stars in the NBA have done the same thing.
Lakers teammates Lebron James and Anthony Davis visited tattooer Vanessa Aurelia to get some ink memorializing their friend. Neither of the players has posted a photo of the finished product, although both shared their experience via Instagram Stories.
While the public hasn't gotten a chance to grab a good look at the finished product, reporters were able to see James' tattoo wrapped under a Saniderm on Thursday morning.
James and Davis became Lakers after Bryant's retirement, so they never played in gold and purple together, but all three were on the United States Olympic team together. It was towards the end of Bryant's career and at the very beginning of Davis', with the older player in the mentor role.
"Man this is a tough one for me!" Davis said in an Instagram post. "You were the first guy to put me under your wing and show me the ins and outs of the league. Had so many great convos about so many things and I will cherish those moments forever. Love you forever, Bean!"
Bryant's death must have hit James particularly hard, as it happened a mere 24 hours after the two hugged on the court following James' leapfrogging of Bryant on the all-time scoring list.
Tributes to all of the nine people who lost their lives in that horrible crash are likely to continue for some time. The baseball team at Orange Coast College played their first game without manager John Altobelli. Altobelli, along with his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa died Sunday's crash.
The ripple effects from this tragic event are being felt all around the world, and likely will be for quite some time.