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Rams honor Kobe Bryant on Mamba Day

Coach Sean McVay gives nod to late LA legend during practice

Cleveland Cavaliers v Los Angeles Lakers
Todd Gurley, Eric Dickerson, Kobe Bryant
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The LA Rams have joined the rest of Los Angeles in honoring the great, late Kobe Bryant in recent days.

The legendary Lakers star is being remembered as Monday (Aug. 24) is Mamba Day in Los Angeles. Bryant, of course, wore No. 8 and No. 24 with the Lakers. Sunday would have been Bryant’s 42nd birthday. He died in a helicopter accident in January along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven other people.

The Rams honored Bryant’s memory both Sunday and Monday.

On Sunday, Rams coach Sean McVay spoke about Bryant’s legacy and said the Rams’ have a portion of practice called “Mamba periods.” Fittingly, those periods are the competition part of practice as Bryant’s competitive nature was the hallmark of his game ... and life, for that matter.

On Monday, the Rams made space for Bryant in their locker room.

As the Rams start a new chapter in LA sports lore with the opening of SoFi Stadium, it’s nice to see them take time to join the celebration of Bryant, who will always be a beloved figure in the city.