Duke basketball: Jayson Tatum finds yet another way to honor Kobe Bryant

Duke basketball star Jayson Tatum (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Duke basketball star Jayson Tatum (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

Former Duke basketball superstar Jayson Tatum honored Kobe Bryant yet again. 

Kobe Bryant was the mentor and hero of Jayson Tatum, and the former Duke basketball superstar found another way to honor his legacy.

Since the tragic death of the NBA Hall of Famer, Tatum has tried to publicly remember Bryant, whether it be on or off the court.

The Boston Celtics forward wore a purple armband inside the NBA bubble last season to show respect for the Los Angeles Lakers superstar as well as wearing t-shirts of Bryant to and from games.

Tatum was named to USA Basketball Olympic Team and was given the honor of wearing No. 10, the same number Bryant wore during his tenure with the national team. No other player wore the USA No. 10 national team jersey since Bryant’s death.

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Now, Tatum is leaving a lasting memory of Bryant on his body with his most recent tattoo.

Jayson Tatum inked his thigh with a ’24’ tattoo as the numbers are shaped like a snake, referring to Kobe Bryant’s nickname, the Black Mamba.

Bryant wore the No. 24 for the latter half of his NBA career after wearing No. 8 in his first decade in the NBA.

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It has been a busy year for Jayson Tatum since the NBA resumed its season in the bubble last year.

Tatum, and the rest of the NBA players, were rushed into a new season of basketball, and after the Celtics were eliminated from the NBA Playoffs, the former Blue Devil went to Las Vegas to train with USA Basketball for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

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However, since returning with the gold medal, Tatum has been back in the gym. Now, he is looking stronger than ever in a recent Instagram picture.


Jayson Tatum will begin his fifth NBA season with the Boston Celtics on October 20 against the New York Knicks and former teammate Kemba Walker inside Madison Square Garden.

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