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  • The Lakers just announced that they will be wearing special Kobe Bryant tribute jerseys throughout their playoff run.
  • If they want their playoff run to last, LeBron James & Co. will have to embody the Mamba Mentality.
  • Unfortunately, they’re playing Damian Lillard, who already has it.

LeBron James is about to get his first taste of the Western Conference playoffs. Unfortunately for him, he’s facing a juiced-up Portland team led by Damian Lillard.

The Lakers will soon be donning their slick new-look Kobe Bryant-inspired jerseys.

But they’ll need more than his style to advance deep into the playoffs. They’ll need his mentality.

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Kobe’s final tweet was to King James. | Source: Twitter

The New Kobe Bryant Jerseys Look Awesome

LeBron James and the Lakers will be looking slick during the playoffs. That’s thanks to a jersey that Kobe Bryant helped design before he tragically passed away.

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The Black Mamba jerseys look fantastic. | Source: Twitter

The design will feature a snakeskin print to represent the Black Mamba. It will have 16 stars to represent the Lakers’ 16 championships.

There will also be a number 2 in a white heart to honor Kobe’s daughter, Gigi Bryant.

While Hollywood is all about style, the Lakers will need more than a new look to compete with the Portland Trailblazers.

LeBron James Needs to Match Damian Lillard

The experts are already picking Damian Lillard and the Blazers to upset the top-seeded Lakers. Charles Barkley even picked them to make it to the NBA Finals.

Video: Charles Barkley Makes a Bold Prediction

Fresh off the bubble MVP, Damian Lillard exemplified Kobe Bryant’s “Mamba Mentality.” He put his team on his back, sharpened his killer instinct, and hit dagger after dagger for the Blazers.

LeBron James, meanwhile, has looked a little rusty.

Video: Kobe’s Former Teammate Shaquille O’Neal Asks for LeBron James’ Best

His Lakers still haven’t found their rhythm in the bubble. Their offense is off, and James has been lackluster. But that may partly be because they already clinched the one seed in the Western Conference.

If the Lakers want to cool off Lillard and the Blazers, LeBron James will need to drop his point guard passiveness and reclaim his superstar roots. Kobe Bryant would expect nothing less.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of CCN.com.

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