When you have done as much for Los Angeles as Kobe Bryant has, you're going to get recognized by LA royalty.
After retiring in April, the five-time NBA champion and future Hall of Famer was surprised with a customized, Los Angeles Lakers-themed old-school whip by none other than the king of LA himself, Snoop Dogg.
This was Snoop's way of thanking Kobe for all the memories in purple and gold.
Check out the custom work on this ride... not to mention Snoop including himself amongst the Lakers' greats, making himself bigger than anyone else.
Hey... he had to do it, right?
And Kobe definitely appreciated the gesture from Uncle Snoop.
Two LA Kings, for real.
Go ahead, Black Mamba. Ride out in style.
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