Kobe Bryant is axing “Black Mamba” in exchange for a new nickname, “Vino”, at least for the short term. In short, like wine, Kobe gets better with age. Vino tweeted about his new nickname on March 1, and is rollin with it after his “retro dunk” in the Lakers win over the Hawks Sunday night.
According to ESPN:
“I was in my coffin a few years ago,” Bryant said, gladly reminding the media that plenty of the pundits and scribes out there have soiled hands from prematurely throwing dirt on his grave. “Vino is out of the barrel.”
“Vino” is the new nickname Bryant adopted after a writer for his advertising agency called him it in a text after Bryant had three highlight reel variety dunks Thursday against Minnesota.