That faith -- which Bryant rarely spoke of in his first seven years in the NBA
-- now is spelled out as part of the graffiti adorning his right arm.
Underneath his wrist is his daughter's name, "Natalia Diamante." Closest to
his shoulder is a large crown, and beneath it his wife's name and a pair of
"That's my wife, my angel," he said, pulling up his sleeve to show the
cameras. "That's a crown, and butterflies. Her name actually means butterfly.
Beneath that are the words "Psalm XXVII," and Bryant recited a few lines
from memory: "The Lord is my light, my salvation, whom shall I fear? The
Lord is my battlement, my defender, I will not be afraid."
"I love this psalm," he said.