Kobe Bryant Gets Custom Lakers Lowrider from Snoop Dogg for Retirement Gift
In the final NBA game of Kobe Bryant’s career, the 37-year-old shooting guard went out with a bang by scoring a total of 60 points. Two months later, one of his biggest fans decided to present Bryant with one final retirement gift.
Longtime Lakers fan and California native, Calvin “Snoop Dogg” Broadus, recently shared pictures via his official Instagram account that showed the rapper giving away a Lakers-themed 1967 Pontiac Parisienne to the NBA legend. The lowrider features an eye-catching yellow paint job, purple softtop roof, and one-of-a-kind mural on the hood, which includes a random collection of the greatest Lakers of all time, as well as Snoop himself holding the NBA championship trophy, along with a handful of cash.
The good folks over at Jalopnik reported that Snoop has owned the ‘67 Parisienne since at least 2005, when he was spotted with it at that year’s MTV Video Music Awards. The rapper was also seen with the Pontiac at a GM sponsored car show and had it signed by another former Laker, Shaquille O’Neal, who now works as a part-time Lyft driver.
Still, even though the car isn’t exactly new, the mural on the hood alone makes it unique enough that Bryant may consider keeping it in his collection, which is also known to include a Ferrari 458 Italia, Lamborghini Aventador, and a Bentley Azure. In addition, if the convertible that Snoop gave Kobe is indeed the one the rapper previously owned, that means it might still have the up-and-down hydraulic suspension system that Snoop always seems to be talking about in his music.
According to Forbes, Bryant is one of the ten highest paid athletes in the word, so he really didn’t need any handouts from his famous friends.
However, Bryant still seemed to genuinely appreciate the gesture that Snoop made.
“Unbelievable retirement gift from my man Snoop today #KB20,” Bryant said in a tweet.
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