The skin-tight honors for Kobe Bryant keep coming back.
Shaquille O'Neal's son, Shareef, tweeted a photo on Tuesday showing the early stages of the tattoo in honor of the Lakers legend and his daughter Gianna on his right lower leg.
Bryant and his daughter were among nine people who died in a tragic helicopter crash on January 26th.
The tattoos show a Mamba Academy # 2 shirt for Gianna and the numbers 24 and 8 that Bryant wore during his 20-year NBA career.
Bryant was close to the son of his former Hall of Fame teammate – his last known announcement was a Twitter message to Shareef a few hours before the fatal crash.
"Good family?" Bryant wrote to Shareef, a college basketball player who had recently announced he would move from UCLA and consider his father's alma mater, the LSU.
O’Neal has been vocal about his grief on social media since Bryant passed away prematurely. He has told various stories about Bryant's guardianship and generosity, including giving O'Neal his 2009 NBA All-Star Most Valuable Player Award,
The 20-year-old told TMZ on Tuesday that he plans to honor the five-time NBA champion every time he steps onto the pitch.
"I just plan to play for him every time I play. I will only do it for him, for the family, for the people who have lost their lives, ”he said.
"It will always be in my head. It is a crazy, crazy feeling to think about it, but it will always come to my mind."
O’Neals Ink is not the first tattoo tribute to Bryant in the basketball world. Lakers teammates LeBron James and Anthony Davis were tattooed in honor of Bryant.