Kobe has quite the fan base in Asia but this statue is just flat out weird. pic.twitter.com/nGrTSFpIVo— NBA Bulletin (@TheNBABulletin) August 17, 2014
There are some NBA and Los Angeles Lakers fans that have some pretty incredible memorabilia in their respective collections. But does anybody have a sculpture of Kobe Bryant being attacked by a black mamba snake while he plays naked basketball?
That's the sculpture above, which is currently on display in a hoops-related art exhibit in Taiwan. The snake, which also happens to be Kobe's self-given nickname, is biting Bryant on the Achilles' tendon. Kobe tore his Achilles' tendon in April of 2013, right before the playoffs began for the Lakers. They ended up getting swept by the San Antonio Spurs and Bryant didn't come back until the 20th game of the 2013-14 season.
He lasted just six games before a fracture in his kneecap ended his season.
I'm not sure why Kobe is playing naked basketball here, but that's clearly a foul on the snake. Even in the rough era of the 1970's or 1980's for the NBA, this would send Bryant to the free throw line for a pair of free throws.
(H/T - SI.com)