Shareef O’Neal will always have a reminder of Kobe Bryant with him. Shaquille O’Neal’s son Shareef is honoring the late Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna (Gigi). On Tuesday (February 5), the 20-year-old college basketball player showed off the new ink he got in honor of Kobe and Gigi, who passed away, along with seven other passengers, in a helicopter cr*sh on January 26.
Shareef unveiled his multiple Bryant-inspired tattoos on Instagram Stories. Paying homage to both Kobe and Gigi’s legacies, Shareef, who referred to the late NBA legend as “Uncle Kobe,” got Kobe’s jersey numbers — 8 and 24 —tattooed on his leg along with an image of Kobe sho-ot*ng a basketball toward Gigi’s “Mamba” jersey. Shareef additionally got Kobe’s famous slogan, “Mamba Mentality,” tattooed on his shin.
The 20-year-old basketball player has shared multiple tributes to Kobe and Gigi since news of their passing. “You always wanted me to be the best I could be.. you always made sure I was happy, you put me before you put yourself and when we had our moments you made me feel like I was great.
“Shareef captioned an Instagram photo of himself sitting next to Kobe’s jerseys at the Lakers’ recent tr*bute game. ” 8|24 ❤️ 2 . I love you , I thank you , I miss you ❤️.” Hours after news of Kobe’s passing, Shareef shared his final exchange with the late legend, which occ*rr-ed just hours before Kobe’s trag*c helicopter cr*sh. “You good fam?” Kobe’s final message to Shareef reads. The 20-year-old replied, “Yeah! Just been getting this work in trying to figure out my next move…How you been?”
Shareef captioned the h!artbreak*ng post: “This first picture were messages from THIS MORNING!!! .. I wish I didn’t sleep in so I could’ve talked to you .. I can’t even think straight right now.. I’m glad we got to bond over the years ..
not only were you a great uncle you were a coach and a mentor to me too .. I love you man..thank you for everything you’ve done .. for this city , for the basketball world , and for me … I won’t let you down .. you always counted on me and lifted me up. Love you unc ❤️ ❤️.”
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