(Image as appeared on Snoop Dogg’s Instagram and Kobe Bryant’s Twitter feeds)

Snoop Dogg and Kobe Bryant’s friendship goes way beyond cute matching hats, guys. In honor of Bryant’s retirement from an epic NBA career Snoop’s bequeathing him this righteous Lakers-themed lowrider.

Looks like Snoop’s been rolling around in this 1967 Pontiac Parisienne since at least 2005, when he was spotted in it at the MTV Video Music Awards and a GM sponsored car show called “Rollin’ 24 Deep” where Shaq signed the car’s bodywork.

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If it is the same car, it’s sitting on a legit up-and-down hydraulic suspension system. Of course you can see the sweet-ass mural of an alternate-universe Lakers team where Snoop plays... whatever position does the money-counting and trophy-holding I guess. I don’t know. I’m not that into sports.

I suppose it’s also possible the Doggfather has had more than one yellow Pontiac convertible, but I’m pretty sure this Lakers-themed ride has been in his fleet since at least 2010, when Celebrity Cars Blog and TMZ/Urban Islandz reported it getting impounded. (Apparently “whoever was driving it” was pulled over with a suspended license.)

Oh, also Larry King drove it.

Bryant described the retirement gift as “unbelievable” in a tweet.

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The car’s appeal to a Lakers fan (or former player) is obvious, but I have to say I really dig the purple convertible top regardless. This may well be the first time I’ve seen one ever.

Enjoy retirement, Mr. Bryant. And this baller slab.