James posted the photo to Instagram with the caption “My brother” ahead of the Lakers’ first basketball game since Bryant’s death.
“Mamba 4 Life,” the tattoo reads underneath a venomous black mamba snake that inspired Bryant’s “Black Mamba” nickname and inspirational “Mamba” brand.
LeBron’s new tattoo. pic.twitter.com/ZkktdMSLvz
— Steve Mason (@VeniceMase) February 1, 2020
James got the tattoo earlier this week as the Lakers mourned the NBA superstar who, along with his daughter Gigi and seven others, was killed in a helicopter crash early Sunday.
On Tuesday, James penned a heartfelt message to Bryant: “I promise you I’ll continue your legacy man!” he wrote. “You mean so much to us all here especially #LakerNation💜💛 and it’s my responsibility to put this shit on my back and keep it going!!”