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Watch: A young Kobe Bryant wearing a Magic Johnson jersey in Italy

An image of a young Kobe Bryant wearing a Magic Johnson jersey in Italy is pure nostalgia.

It’s been more than two years since Lakers legend Kobe Bryant died in a tragic helicopter crash. As hoop fans continue to recover from its loss, the teachings of the Black Mamba continue to inspire millions around the world. Past Hall of Fame images and videos continue to be a recall factor on the internet.

Bryant played his entire 20-season career wearing the purple and gold uniform, with his name engraved on Lakers Mt. Rushmore. The 6-foot-6 guard brought LA ​​City 5 championships, making the then-called ‘Staples Center’ his backyard. Nonetheless, the Black Mamba wasn’t the only guard to play his entire NBA career for the Lakers.

One of the greatest point guards of all time, Magic Johnson, was drafted as the first overall pick in the 1979 draft by the Lakers. The five-time champion has played his entire 13-season career in Los Angeles, revolutionizing the PG position with his 6-foot-9 frame.

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The Mamba has always held Magic in high regard, idolizing Earvin on and off the court. Recently, an image of a young Bryant wearing a Magic Lakers jersey surfaced on social media, creating the most nostalgia.

Kobe Bryant wears a Magic Johnson jersey.

It’s no secret that Bryant spent some of his great years in Italy, where he discovered his passion for basketball. Living in Reggio Emilia, the two-time champion goalscorer would join his father at Olimpia Basket Pistoia, training in shooting during half-time.

Growing up, the LA Lakers were Bryant’s favorite NBA team, with Magic being one of his favorite players. The ’80s was the Showtime era in LA, with Magic’s rivalry with Celtics legend Larry Bird being the high point, with the former having a 2-1 advantage over Larry Legend in the Finals.

At the time, a young Kobe was in Italy, charting the roadmap for his NBA dream.

The image above is nothing short of gold for the Lakers nation, considering Bryant and Magic’s contributions to the purple and gold franchise. Multiple MVPs have combined for 10 titles for LA City.

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