Kobe Bryant 3-Peat Jacket Flexed By Shareef O’Neal In Tribute Post
June 1, 2020
The world can’t recover after the death of Kobe Bryant, and Shareef O’Neal reminded us all of his greatness. The LSU Tigers forward paid tribute to his “uncle” in an emotional post. Shaq’s son shared a photo of him wearing the Lakers 3-peat jacket. If by any chance you don’t remember, the great Kobe Bryant wore the jacket after his Lakers won the third straight title in the 2002 NBA Finals.
Jeff Hamilton signs the design of the leather jacket, and he also made 3-peat jackets for the Chicago Bulls in the ‘90s.
Kobe Bryant and his famous jacket
The Los Angeles Lakers had a really good success in the period between 2000 and 2002. They smashed Eastern Conference champions Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets in the NBA Finals.
The 20-year-old Shareef was a small kid back then. His father, the great Shaq, won three Finals MVPs during the Lakers’ glow. However, he still got the chance to watch some of the best games in the basketball world. Shareef was lucky to be part of one of the most interesting games in the NBA involving the Black Mamba.
In Game 7 of the 2000 WCF against the Portland Trail Blazers, Shaq pointed to the stands after completing an alley-oop pass from Kobe. The Lakers legend was pointing to his little son Shareef who was there, watching his dad score.
Shareef had a really great relationship with Kobe, and he even calls him “uncle.” He was one of the last people to get a text from the Black Mamba right before the helicopter crashed.
In the helicopter crash, Kobe and eight others lost their lives, including his little Gigi. The group was going to a game, and their helicopter crashed right outside Los Angeles. There’s an ongoing investigation into the crash to determine every detail that led to it. Vanessa Bryant has filed a lawsuit against the helicopter company, accusing the pilot of the crash.
The world will remember Kobe as an incredibly competitive player, and his talent will be a motivation for many young people, including Shareef. We are sending our thoughts and prayers to the family.