In the wake of the tragic helicopter crash in February 2020 that killed Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others, the world came together to pay their respects and remember the impact Bryant had on their lives.
He is remembered for many reasons – not just for his athletic ability. He was a father, a husband, a philanthropist, an entrepreneur, a children’s author and an Oscar-winning author. Kobe transcended the game of basketball.
The internet is full of memories and testimonials of the impact he had on people’s lives. He touched millions of people around the world, whether he met them in person or not. Fans either loved him or hated him, there was no in between, but there was no denying that he was one of the toughest competitors the sport had ever seen. The passion he exuded on the court drew the same passion from fans that they rooted for or against him throughout his career.
Again on Tuesday, fellow players, celebrities, fans and family gathered once again to commemorate Kobe on his 44th birthday.
His wife, Vanessa, took to Instagram to post a photo of the pair after the Lakers’ championship win over the Boston Celtics in 2009. “Happy birthday, baby! I love you and miss you so much!” As stated in the post.
The Lakers, for whom Bryant played his entire 20-year career, wished their franchise leading-scorer a happy birthday.
They shared several posts on Instagram, including one dedicated to “20 years and countless memories.”
LAFC shared a photo of a memorial the team displayed for Kobe and Gianna in 2020.
FIBA, which governs basketball worldwide, called Bryant a “true legend of the game” in their post.
Kyrie Irving, one of the many stars that Bryant once took under his wing, shared his thoughts on social media.
Former Laker and two-time All-Star Isaiah Thomas wished Kobe a happy birthday.
Actor O’Shea Jackson, son of Ice Cube, posted a thoughtful tribute to “my hero” on Twitter.
Actress Kerry Washington also wished Bryant a happy birthday on Twitter.
NBA TV shared a slideshow showing 24 seconds of Bryant’s best moments.
The University of Southern California shared a photo from 2018, when Bryant “talked about his success on the court and in the business world, as well as his love of storytelling.”
“One of the greatest players the game has ever seen who ripped LA like no other,” Congressman Jimmy Gomez recalled in a tweet.
“On his birthday, I have Kobe in my mind,” said California State Assemblyman Isaac G. Bryan.