It's officially the last NBA season of Kobe Bryant aka the Black Mamba. Arguably the best Los Angeles Laker ever. And there have been quite a lot of stars there! So to also salute the living basketball legend, Sportsong of the Week #39 is 'Kobe Bryant' by rap artist Lil' Wayne.
Lil' Wayne aka Weezy dropped this track right before the 2009 NBA Finals where the Orlando Magic faced the Los Angeles Lakers. In Game 1 Mamba scored 40 points as he led the Lakers to win the series in five games.
Kobe Bean Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers. He entered the NBA directly from high school, and he has played for the Lakers his entire career, winning five NBA championships. Bryant is an 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, and 12-time member of the All-Defensive team. After beginning his 20th season with the Lakers in 2015–16, which set an NBA record for the most seasons with the same team, Bryant announced that he would retire after the season.
Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. (born September 27, 1982), better known by his stage name Lil Wayne, is an American hip hop recording artist from New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the flagship artist of Cash Money Records, but alsothe chief executive officer (CEO) of his own label imprint, Young Money Entertainment, which he founded in 2005.
It's a sportsong how a sportsong needs to be: a tribute to one of the biggest sportstars ever, quotes from interviews with other players, shoutouts to teammates, other Laker legends and other basketball stars. So enjoy this song and enjoy all the last Kobe moments the last part of the season!
Full Lyrics 'Kobe Bryant' - Li' Wayne
[Kobe Bryant] I wanna be the best. I wanna be the best that ever played, and thats why I play the game. And to be the best you have to win. And thats what drives me.
[Commentator] He's the best player in the game; It's just that simple. There's nothing that Kobe Bryant can't do. He will defend your best player. He will shoot from the perimeter. He will get all in your monk, He will do whatever it takes, He is the most complete basketball player in the game today, far none. He has an assassin's mentality. I said this once, I said this when the trade went down, And I'll repeat it again. Who's starvin more for an NBA world championship more than Kobe Bryant? There is no one. This guy is highly motivated. (What seperates Kobe from the pack?) More than Kobe Bryant? There is no one.
[Lil Wayne] Okay K-Kobe doin' work 2-4 on my shirt He the greatest on the court And I'm the greatest on the verse Goin' for the 4th ring like it was his 1st Gotta get the gleam,Do it for Kareem 2-4 so nice my flow is so mean Catch me at the game sittin next to Goldstien K-Kobe Bryant nike's purple gold strings K-Kobe in the game dunkin on the whole team Bla-black mamba, attack conquer Basketball beast, ra-rap monsta Crossover good or turn-around jumper Or just drive the lane and dunk on dunkers You know where its goin, its goin down yo This is the Lake show, but don't drown though I call him King Bryant, now let the crown show [LeBron:] ...definetly, I'm just lost for words. I mean he's amazing. Pass me the damn ball, I don't need a pick at all And don't worry bout my shot cause imma get that off Yeah, I drops 40 on your double team Then I drop 81 on another team Yeah, you better guard me with caution And watch me work em like an option, haha No such thing as exhaustion,No time for resting Cause I dont take breaks, I just break records Ha, and I prefer the ball with 3 seconds And I bet we gone win it all in 3 seconds Ya digg, that is a guarentee, apparently And please tell your defense don't never man to man with me Double team, triple team, you defenders tickle me But, I never let them get to me, literally Step back and give em a 3, ain't no defending me
(And one guy certainly envious of the way Bryant's been playing lately, LeBron James.) [LeBron:] I've been called to say that he's definetly the best player in our league. To me in my eyes, the best scorer in our, in our, league. And I don't no if there's, there's not another player that can accomplish some of the things that he's doing.
Never take a day off, catch you at the top of the key and get a J off Baseline, face time, tongue out like 2-3 Even 2-3 gotta love how I do me Pra-Practice while you sleep Practice in my sleep Straight outta high school, the brackets ain't for me I will be jumping over you like I gotta matress at my feet And all Phil Jackson say is you better be passin it to me I put the master in the piece Attack it like a beast And I am starvin for victory, and that means I'm gone eat And when they ask you who's the best then the answer should be me, haha (-"Who's the best player in the NBA?" -"Ohh, say it's Kobe Bryant." -"Really? Why?" -Cause you never know what your gonna get.) Call me Mr. Clutch, or Mr. Automatic I can post them up or Lamar gone get the alley I'm goin for the ring, I'm goin for the ring I went to Bejing and came back with the bling Who they want, they want Kobe And what he want, he want the trophy The victory, and the glory No Shaq, no Robert Horry Now Kobe break em off, Kobe break em off, yeah You better be where the Lakers are Just give him the ball and he takin off, yeah Or he probably just dishin it to Gasol Or give it to D.Fish on the wing, yeah Or just let lil Ariza do his thing, yeah Cause im great and so is my team, yeah Do it for Magic, it's your time baby I see nothing wrong with doin it 4 times baby I'm the best yes, and he the best yeah Don't worry LeBron, get em next year Now whats defense to an assassin Killa instinct, murder the basket Then steal the ball back, hold it for ransome It's more than a game, this is a passion Been an all-star, been a champion Free throw line, you hear them chanting MVP, MVP, Kobe Bryant aka M-V-Me In knee deep, smashed in knee deep Whoever he is, he can't guard me, haha, he can't guard me (So there you have it. The over whelming answer was Kobe Bryant.)