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Their Shocking Victory Led To A Full Scale Riot Fueled By Racism

Rivalry between schools is nothing new, but rarely has it led to a full scale riot. In 1939, Lanier High School, a vocational school in Texas, found itself in the center of a sports fairy tale with an unhappy ending. Lanier, made up primarily of Mexican-American students, wasn’t known for its basketball team; their star player was 5’1”. That changed when the underdog Lanier team made the playoffs and eventually outplayed rival school Brackenridge High, an all-white school, to win the championship game. Lanier’s victory shocked everyone, especially the Brackenridge team, which was heavily favored to take home the championship. Good sportsmanship took a backseat in the aftermath, which saw players, fans, and even the police escalate the situation into a full scale riot.

Latino USA has released an in depth podcast about the Lanier story, which is detailed in the book “When Mexicans Could Play Ball” by Ignacio M. Garcia. We can’t recommend the podcast enough. Check it out here.


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READ: Mexico City And NFL Are A Match Made In Heaven

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Vanessa Bryant Says Gigi Told Rob Pelinka The Lakers Would Win The Title This Year

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Vanessa Bryant Says Gigi Told Rob Pelinka The Lakers Would Win The Title This Year

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The Lakers took home a massive win on Oct. 11 and scored a victory that spurred heartfelt reflection from longtime fans and family of the Los Angeles- based team After a year of devastating heartache and uncertainty, the feat was a reminder of the absence of a great presence that had long dominated basketball courts: Kobe Bryant.

In a post shared to her Instagram over the weekend, Vanessa Bryant congratulated the Lakers’ victory while paying tribute to her late husband and daughter.

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Bryant congratulated the Lakers for their win in a heartfelt Instagram post that featured an image of Kobe alongside the Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka. “Congratulations Uncle P!” Bryant wrote. “Congratulations @lakers Kobe was right, RP! ‘Stay the course-block out the noise. Wish Kobe and Gigi were here to see this.”

Soon after the win, the Lakers were quick to share that their motivation to win came in large part in wanting to pay tribute to Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi. According to Lakers Daily, Gigi predicted the 2020 win to Lakers vice president of basketball operations Rob Pelinka.

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Rob Pelinka says Vanessa Bryant would send him clips of Kobe during dark times in NBA bubble

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The Los Angeles Lakers had a mission to win an NBA title to honor the memory of Kobe Bryant.

When Bryant tragically passed earlier this year, the entire team rallied together and promised that it would do all it could to do what Bryant would have wanted.

While he is gone, it turns out his wisdom and determination to be great helped push Lakers general manager and vice president of basketball operations Rob Pelinka while he was in the NBA bubble in Orlando, Fla.https://825985290c3e29654a8fc734545f271a.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

Pelinka, who worked as Bryant’s agent but was also his close friend, told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN that Vanessa would send Pelinka clips Kobe to help him get through isolation.

“You’re in a hotel room for 100 nights. The walls are closing in and after a tough loss you think the world is coming to an end,” Pelinka told Wojnarowski.

“There were times that I would hear his voice and then Vanessa, who is still one of my best friends, she would call, and she would even send a couple clips of him talking to me so I could hear his voice,” Pelinka said. “Just that support still feels like it’s there, but the extent of the loss feels like a superhero because that’s what he was and still is to me.”

Fans were quick to point out that the team’s win coincided with Father-Daughter Day.

“Kobe and GG were taken so.suddenly and so cruelly because they were needed for a fight…they are not gone forever they are with you now. They await your reunion…but do not want you to be sad ….they miss you but will be happy if their departure means a greater change for humanity,” one user commented. ” God bless you Vanessa. Although I havent seen your skin with my eyes…I can feel your pain with my mind. Please Father comfort this beautiful woman and her beautiful children. Shine your light of love wrap her in your warmth. Your husband loves and adores you. And he’s proud of how you are so strong.”

“Job Finished. For you, Kobe,” another user wrote about the win. “What a season it’s been. No. 17 carries a different meaning because of the loss of you and Gigi. You mean so damn much to us. You gave us 20 years of your blood, sweat, and tears. You brought not one, but FIVE championships to this franchise. You’re the reason we’re proud to be Lakers fans. Not only did you win at all costs, but you embodied the man we all strive for & hope to be one day. I hope we made you proud this season. This one’s for you, Bean… for all the memories you’ve given us throughout your lifetime. As always, we love & miss you, Mamba.”

Bryant also paid tribute to her husband-daughter duo on Instagram with an image of Kobe holding Gianna in his arms after the Lakers won the 2009 NBA Championship.

Since their passing, fans have often pointed out that Kobe and Gianna shared a special bond and love for basketball. Later in his career, Kobe was open about his love for his daughters and desire to see Giana take on his legacy as a basketball player. At the time of his death, Bryant was a coach for Gianna’s team at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California.

During a memorial for her husband and daughter, Bryant eulogized their bond noting how inseparable they were.

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In Bryant’s eulogy of her husband and daughter, she reminded the world of their inseparable bond. “God knew they couldn’t be on this earth without each other,” Bryant remarked at the time. “He had to bring them home to heaven together.”

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Vanessa Bryant Penned A Heartbreaking Message To Kobe On What Would Have Been His 42nd Birthday

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Vanessa Bryant Penned A Heartbreaking Message To Kobe On What Would Have Been His 42nd Birthday

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Over seven months have passed since basketball great Kobe Bryant lost his life alongside his daughter Gigi and seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. In the months since his death fans have paid tribute to the former shooting guard who left behind three other daughters and his wife Vanessa and watched as his family has slowly attempted to pick up the pieces of their lives without them. Since then, they’ve celebrated holidays and their own birthdays.

For the first time, over the weekend, the Bryants celebrated Kobe’s birthday.

On Sunday, Vanessa Bryant shared a heart-wrenching message to her late husband and daughter on what would have been Kobe’s 42nd birthday.

“To my baby~ Happy birthday. I love you and miss you more than I can ever explain. I wish you and Gigi were here to celebrate YOU! I wish I could make you your fav food or a birthday cake with my Gigi. I miss your big hugs, your kisses, your smile, your loud ass deep laugh,” she wrote in a post on Instagram.”I miss teasing you, making you laugh and bursting your bubble. I miss you sitting on my lap like my big baby that you are. I think about your tenderness and patience all the time. I think about everything you would do in situations to help me deal with everything thrown my way.”

Bryant went on to open up about her struggles to move on since her husband and daughter’s deaths which occurred this past year on January 26.

“Our lives feel so empty without you and Gigi. I’ve been completely broken inside. As much as I want to cry, I put a smile on my face to make our daughters days shine a little brighter. I’m not the strong one, they are. They’re strong and resilient. I’m sure you’re proud of them. They put a smile on my face everyday,” Vanessa wrote.”I wish I could wake up from this horrible nightmare. I wish I could surprise our girls and welcome you and Gigi home to us. I’m mad I didn’t go first. I always wanted to go first so that I selfishly didn’t have to feel this heartache. You were supposed to miss me. Gigi was supposed to be here with her sisters. It should’ve been me.”

Vanessa ended her post by thanking her late husband for showing her true love and for loving her “enough to last several lifetimes.”

“I know my Gigi is celebrating you like she always has on our special days. I miss my thoughtful princess so much! Natalia, Gianna, Bianka, Capri and I wish you a happy birthday my love. I love you for now, forever and for always,” Bryant finished the post.

Fans of the Bryants were quick to commemorate him all throughout Sunday.

To celebrate Kobe, the Lakers celebrated Kobe’s birthday by sharing a reel of his game highlights. Nike also took part by debuting a commercial titled “Better | Mamba Forever.” The ad was narrated by rapper Kendrick Lamar and was launched for what the shoe company is calling “Mamba Week.”

“Kobe taught us to be better,” Lamar recalled in the ad which features video and audio of Kobe, scenes from the Black Lives Matter protests, and clips of Nike-sponsored athletes and fans he inspired with his talent.

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