Kobe Bryant is gone, but not forgotten. Adam Levine paid his respects to the mercurial L.A. Lakers shooting guard when Maroon 5 delivered a virtual performance of “Memories” on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show.
Levine donned Bryant’s old-school No. 8 jersey for the sombre song that remembers those special people who are no longer with us.
Bryant, who won five NBA Championship rings and is often in the conversation on the Greatest Of All Time, perished in a helicopter crash in January, along with eight others. He was 41.
The athletic scoring machine wore No. 8 until the 2006-07 season, when he switched to No. 24. The Black Mamba returned to our screens in recent weeks for Netflix’s hugely-popular documentary series on the Chicago Bulls’ final title run, “The Last Dance.”
“Memories” will appear on Maroon 5’s forthcoming seventh studio album, the followup to 2017’s Red Pill Blues. The single topped several Billboard charts, including a record-setting run atop the Adult Pop Songs survey. Earlier in the year, Levine held up a Lakers No. 24 jersey during the performance of “Memories” at Miami’s American Airlines Arena.