LeBron James is inked in honor of Kobe Bryant

NEW DELHI: in a moving tribute to the deceased basketball star Kobe Bryant , Lebron James on Saturday he released his latest tattoo ' Mamba 4 Life '.

James posted the photo on Instagram before the Los Angeles Lakers 'and subtitled the publication as: My brother.

The tattoo says Mamba 4 life under a black mamba snake.

Untitled-9Untitled-9 (Photo credit: kingjames Instagram handle) This black mamba snake inspired Kobe Bryant's nickname of Black Mamba.

Ahead of the the Los Angeles Lakers game against Portland Trail Blazers, Lebron James also gave a heartfelt tribute to the late Kobe Bryant , saying that the game is a 'celebration of his life'.

Speaking with a heavy heart, Lebron James started his speech saying: I got something written down, but I will not read out of this, and I am going to say everything from my heart.

This is a celebration of 20 years of blood, sweat, tears, shattered body, sitting, sitting, countless hours, the determination to be the best possible, said James. .

Bryant, 41, and his daughter Gianna, 13, were among the nine people who died when a helicopter they were traveling in crashed in the fog and burst into flames in the hills above Calabasas.

The basketball legend had won five National Basketball Association (NBA) championships in his 20-year-long career while playing for the Los Angeles Lakers .