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“What people see on-court is another side of me; it’s not me.” -Kobe Bryant

With the tragic and unexpected death of Kobe Bryant, demand for items from his career have skyrocketed. For many millennials in particular, there was never a time in their memory when there wasn’t a Kobe Bryant . . . and for them, there was never a greater NBA player, a bigger star. To celebrate Kobe’s life, we proudly present and offer this 2004-2005 game used Laker’s home jersey worn on-court and in-game by “The Black Mamba.” The jersey displays the correct Reebock NBA tagging and Bryant’s correct size 50 jersey with an added 4” of length. Light game use is evident; however, no extreme use or repairs can be found on the garment. The jersey was most certainly worn in-game and displays as if it has just been cleaned and is hanging in Bryant’s locker, awaiting the NBA legend to slip it on and hit the court. The significance of the 2004-05 jersey to Bryant’s Black Mamba alter ego. The 2004-05 season marked the low point for Bryant’s career and also provided a moment of re-birth that would re-ignite his career, elevate his play and transform him into a revered figure and cultural icon. The previous season, Bryant was charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman in Colorado. His public image suffered, his popularity dropped and he very nearly lost his family. To complicate matters, the 2004-05 season saw a clash of egos, direction, and personalities as Phil Jackson and Shaquille O’Neal both left the Lakers, with fingers pointing at Kobe for their departures. The fallout was devastating. The Lakers missed the playoffs for only the second time since 1976. Bryant had a typical Bryant year. But he couldn’t lead a mediocre Laker squad to the promised land, making him look like selfish to many. At this low point in life, Bryant created his Black Mamba alter ego during the 2004-05 campaign. Kobe dealt with family and personal issues. The Black Mamba took care of business on the court. The idea worked. The following season, Bryant averaged a career best 35.4 points per game and began to carry the Lakers toward the top, in the fashion of Magic, Bird, Jordan and other legends that had come before him. By 2007-2008, Bryant guided the Lakers back to the NBA Finals, where they would fall, as the franchise had so often in the past, to the Boston Celtics. But Bryant wasn’t finished. The following season, Bryant’s Lakers brought the NBA Championship back to L.A. with a win over Orlando, before going back-to-back, with a revenge Finals win over the hated Celtics in 2009-2010. The season that Kobe became a man. In 2004-05 the youthful, sometimes selfish, sometimes arrogant, Kobe Bryant said goodbye to his demons, to his problems, and focused on becoming the best player, the best teammate, the best husband, the best father, and the best man he could be. The Kobe Bryant people remember and admire emerged. In a very real sense, Kobe Bryant lost the innocence of youth in 2004-05 and became the star, the humanitarian, and the inspiration he was supposed to be. In 2004-05, Kobe Bryant became more than a great player. He became a great man. You now have the opportunity to own Kobe’s iconic Lakers #8 home jersey and proudly display it in tribute to the season that one of the game’s greats emerged as a man to be emulated and honored. RIP Kobe. You changed our lives for the better.

2004-2005 Koby Bryant Game Used Los Angeles Lakers Home Jersey Mears Authentication
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Auction closed on Thursday, April 9, 2020.
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