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Next-gen NBA 2K21 does Kobe Bryant beautiful justice with new face scan

Published: 11:59, 04 November 2020
Screenshot from NBA 2k21 next-gen showing young Kobe Bryant aka Frobe
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Our friends from 2K have released new screenshots of updated Kobe Bryant from the next-gen NBA 2K21, and they did him a beautiful justice with this new face scan.

A few days ago, 2K have released a screenshot of updated Kobe Bryant from the early days, which delighted fans of the NBA 2K series, as well as fans of the tragically deceased Los Angeles Lakers legend.

The so-called Frobe rocking a yellow LAL uniform with the number 8 on the jersey looks incredibly authentic. 

And now they have released two new screenshots, that totally blew us away. Black Mamba is alive! Two new screenshots have been posted on Twitter, and they offer us an amazing display of updated NBA Hall-of-Famer from NBA 2K21 with Next-gen visuals. From the looks of it, it seems that this version of Kobe is from the All-Time Lakers team from the NBA 2K21 (Next-gen).

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It's already confirmed that all of the different versions of Kobe have been updated for Next-gen. It will be interesting to see how some of the other legend faces have improved. Guess we find out soon enough when Next-gen 2K21 launches on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S.

Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter accident that happened on January 26, 2020, with nine people on-board, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.

Yesterday was the anniversary of the first game Kobe played in the NBA, and the significance he left through his 20-year career spent with the Lakers is immeasurable. On that occasion, here is a quote from Lakersnation:

"On Nov. 3, 1996, Kobe Bryant made his NBA debut with the Los Angeles Lakers, beginning what would become an illustrious 20-year career. At 18 years, 72 days old, he became the youngest player to ever appear in an NBA game. Though that mark was later broken by Jermaine O’Neal (18 years, 53 days) on Dec. 5, 1996, which then was surpassed by former Lakers center Andrew Bynum (18 years, 9 days) on Nov. 2, 2005.

Bryant only played six minutes off the bench in his debut, missed the only shot he took, grabbed one rebound and had one block. The Lakers were carried by 35 points and 19 rebounds from Shaquille O’Neal against a Timberwolves team that was led by a young Kevin Garnett. Coincidentally, Garnett made his NBA debut exactly one year prior. Against the Lakers in 1996, he finished with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. 

While Bryant didn’t have much of an impact in his first game with the Lakers, he went on to average 7.6 points, 1.3 assists and 1.9 rebounds while appearing in 71 games and was named to the NBA All-Rookie second team. 

Though, that season also famously ended with Bryant hoisting on air-ball after another in what was an elimination loss to the Utah Jazz in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. But rather than derail his career, the failure fueled Bryant to become one of the league’s all-time greats." 


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