Lakers switch to 'Black Mamba' unis for Game 5

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The Los Angeles Lakers will try to win their 17th NBA championship in Black Mamba fashion.

The Lakers will wear their “Black Mamba” uniforms, which are styled in honor of the late Kobe Bryant, in Game 5 on Friday.

They were slated to wear the black alternative uniforms in Games 2 and 7 of the NBA Finals, a team source confirmed to ESPN. But on Friday, the Lakers can clinch the title, as they lead the Miami Heat 3-1 in the best-of-seven series.

The Lakers are 4-0 this postseason when wearing the Black Mamba uniforms, designed by Nike in collaboration with Bryant.

“Mamba and Mambacita jerseys approved for game 5,” Vanessa Bryant wrote in an Instagram story Wednesday night. “Let’s go @lakers.”

The Lakers are 4-0 this postseason when wearing their “Black Mamba” uniforms, which were designed by Nike in collaboration with the late Kobe Bryant. Mark J. Terrill/AP

Lakers coach Frank Vogel, LeBron James and Anthony Davis have spoken often about trying to channel Bryant’s legendary “Mamba mentality” and relentless desire to win. This Lakers team dedicated the rest of the season to Bryant — who played all 20 seasons of his career in the purple and

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