It’s no secret that Snoop Dogg is an avid Lakers fan. As a longtime supporter of the Purple and Gold, Snoop’s seen different players come and go. One player struck a special friendship with him - the late great Kobe Bryant. In one touching gesture, Snoop showed his appreciation towards the Lakers star.
Snoop’s farewell gesture
Snoop isn’t a celebrity fan trying to get some PR by going to games. The American songwriter and rapper posts content about the Purple and Gold and watches the games live. When the team underperforms, he shares a piece of his mind.
When Kobe decided to retire in 2016, Snoop, aka Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., made a touching gesture. He gave Kobe a customized 1967 Pontiac Parisienne Convertible. Bryant could afford to buy one, but it’s the thought that counts. The car was painted in Lakers colors, and the hood had a mural of Lakers legends, including Kobe and Snoop Dogg.
The price of a 1967 Pontiac Parisienne Convertible varies on its condition and modifications, but a quick search online gives us that a Pontiac Parisienne carries a price tag of $18,298. But one given to you by Snoop? Priceless.
How Kobe and Snoop’s closeness started?
It’s not clear how the friendship began, but you know it’s for real when it creates a legendary meme. (They say it’s great for recovery...)
The closeness was revealed to the public after the tragic incident that claimed Bryant’s life. The Drop It Like It’s Hot hitmaker recalled an instance where he knew Kobe was built differently as a person.
“I am like a little kid right now thinking about it, like, that was the greatest moment. Like he was so hospitable to everybody at my building. I am talking about the people who take the trash out to the rappers, everybody! They all left there saying that this is a great guy and I am happy I met him in real life… That’s my guy.”
Snoop Dogg, ">Watch What Happens
Kobe was fierce on the court, but he respected anyone off the court. Snoop also made a song and had a tattoo as a tribute to his dear friend.
If these are not enough to prove the respect, love and admiration shared between two titans of industries they are in, we don’t know what else is. With the 2nd anniversary of Kobe’s tragic death approaching, it’s comforting to remind ourselves how many people Mamba touched with his actions and words. RIP Kobe.