Lakers’ legend Kobe Bryant was spotted tearing up in the shower with the Larry O’Brien trophy after winning the 2001 championship.
During the 1999-2000 season, the pairing of Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant started to blossom, leading to their first championship together. They went on to win another championship in the 2000-01 season, and then the 2001-02 season.
In 2001, they took down the MVP Allen Iverson and his Philadelphia 76ers in 5 games. After winning his 2nd championship on a trot, Kobe was seen crying in the shower with the Larry O’Brien trophy. People assumed they were tears of joy, but the actual reason was far from the same.
Kobe Bryant was crying in the shower because of his parents
Kobe Bean Bryant was born and brought up in Philadelphia. In 1996, Kobe got drafted into the NBA straight out of high school. Even though he moved to LA for his team, his parents stayed back in Philly.
In 2000, 21-year-old Kobe got engaged with an 18-year-old Vanessa Laine. Kobe’s dad, Joe did not approve of their relationship, as Vanessa was a ‘Latina’. Joe wanted Kobe to marry an African-American girl, but Kobe was committed to Vanessa, and that caused a rift between Kobe and his parents.
The Reason Kobe Bryant Was Sad After Winning The 2001 Championship
by MATE D on MARCH 11, 2019 in OFF THE COURT, OLD SCHOOL
A lot of people have seen the iconic Kobe Bryant photo of him just sitting in the showers after winning the 2001 Finals with th… pic.twitter.com/JXMWJgPKsi
— Oncle Phil BASKET (@onclephilnba) March 12, 2019
In 2001, when the Lakers were taking on the Sixers in the Finals, Kobe’s parents weren’t in attendance. This was the real reason the Mamba was seen crying in the shower, just after winning his second championship.