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Kendrick Lamar Bids Farewell To Kobe Bryant In ESPN's 'Fade To Black'

"It's never goodbye. It's simply, respect due."

Adrien Vargas // REVOLT

Before Kobe Bryant delivers his own equivalent to Jay Z's The Black Album tomorrow night (April 13) when he backs out the NBA as one of the best to ever do it, the long-standing pulse of the L.A. Lakers continues to get celebrated with a great deal of tributes.

The latest tribute for the sports icon comes via ESPN's "Fade To Black" short film, which is written by Scoop Jackson, narrated by Kendrick Lamar and soundtracked by K. Dot's untitled unmastered. cut "untitled 07 | Levitate."

"How do empires last when there's no longer an emperor," Kendrick asks. "I mean we got you, but at the same time, we got you. I'm talking about your blood, your sweat, your tears, even your DNA is placed in these L.A. concretes, man."

"Know that it's never goodbye," Lamar later concludes. "It's simply, respect due."

The future NBA Hall of Famer's final game will take place against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night (April 13).

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