Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, nicknamed the Black Mamba, will play his final game in Atlanta. To pay tribute, the Hawks organization and Zoo Atlanta announced Thursday that the zoo will name its black mamba ‘Kobe.’ The Hawks will also make a donation to the zoo to further honor Bryant.
“Kobe Bryant’s career accomplishments speak for themselves,” said Hawks CEO Steve Koonin in a statement. “He has set a standard with his incredible work ethic, tremendous will and competitive spirit. We’re happy to be partnering with Zoo Atlanta to recognize the impact Kobe has made on the NBA and its popularity worldwide.”