Mamba Forever: Twitter Pays Tribute to Kobe Bryant on What Would Have Been His 42nd Birthday

August 23, 2020
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Sunday, August 23 and Monday, August 24 were somber days throughout the NBA community.

Sunday would have been the NBA legend's 42nd birthday, and on Monday (8/24 -- his two jersey numbers) Lakers stars were planning to wear jerseys inspired by the Black Mamba.

In addition, Orange County was set to celebrate Kobe Bryant Day, which was officially declared as such after a unanimous vote among county supervisors earlier in the month. It was to be a day of remembrance, of inspiration, of nostalgia, of sadness, and of so much more.

And while his would-be 42nd birthday is obviously a very upsetting event, the NBA Twittersphere was putting smiles on our faces as various users took time to remember all the good he brought to the world, not only in basketball, but also as a father and as a human being.

Vanessa Bryant provided her own tribute of Kobe Bryant, which you can see here.

Sports Leagues and Organizations

Several sports leagues and teams paid tribute to Kobe on Sunday, headlined by the NBA and the Lakers. Various members of the Lakers roster, including LeBron James and Anthony Davis, are included in a lengthy thread on the team's official Twitter page.

Tributes from leagues and teams to Kobe were not limited to the world of basketball. The Dodgers' special tribute was narrated by broadcasting legend Vin Scully.

NBA Stars and Other Athletes

Individual athletes provided a tribute to Kobe Bryant as well, including former teammates, NBA legends and those from other sports who were inspired by his greatness. Lakers big man Anthony Davis told Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times that "not a day goes by that we don't remember him," while Rockets star James Harden offered a similar sentiment. Lakers legends Magic Johnson and Jerry West also commented on Bryant's impact, with the latter emphasizing that we should remember who we was as a person. Pau Gasol, a longtime teammate of Kobe's, spent a day with Vanessa Bryant and their respective families before the weekend began.

Here are more athletes who shared how Kobe affected their lives and expressed just how much they missed him.

Music and Entertainment

Notable members of the music and acting community also paid tribute to Bryant, including Snoop Dogg, who collaborated with ESPN in a video.

Fashion and Sports Attire

The fashion and sports attire industry, which will be headlined by Nike's release of Kobe-inspired products throughout the week, was sure to honor his impact. Nike also released a short video, narrated by hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar.

Sportswriters and Media

Lastly, sportswriters who covered Kobe and/or witnessed his outstanding work ethic, determination and production shared heartfelt memories of the Hall of Famer.

This story will be updated as more athletes/teams remember the iconic Lakers legend.

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