Video: Lakers fans begin riots at Staples Center, erupt with ‘Kobe’ chants after winning 17th title

Robert Marvi
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The Los Angeles Lakers have claimed the 2020 NBA championship, and the city has erupted in celebration.

Lakers fans are also using the occasion to pay homage to the memory of the man who was the driving force behind the franchise’s previous five championships.

Kobe Bryant, along with his daughter Gianna and seven others, died in a tragic helicopter crash in late January.

Shortly afterwards, current Lakers superstar LeBron James publicly dedicated the rest of the season to the elder Bryant’s memory.

By defeating a feisty and determined Miami Heat team in a six-game NBA Finals, the Purple and Gold have honored the Black Mamba’s memory the best way possible.

James led the way throughout the postseason with dominant play, and he capped it off with 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists on Sunday.

The game was never in doubt, as the Lakers opened up an early lead, extended it to 28 at halftime and never looked back.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif., and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s and fell in love with the Nick Van Exel-led Lakers teams. He truly cherishes the Kobe Bryant-era of Lakers basketball and the five world championships that came with it, and is looking forward to the team's next NBA title.