The Los Angeles Lakers posted multiple tributes to Bryant on Twitter, including a video.
We miss you every day, Kobe. Happy birthday from your Lakers family. pic.twitter.com/6hzwFXgkwh
Father, Husband, Laker, Oscar Winner, Girl Dad, Author, Black Mamba, Champion, Mentor, Hall of Famer. Kobe Bryant ∞ pic.twitter.com/yyxRzbuToz
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) August 23, 2020
Numerous teams paid their respects to Kobe.
Nike Basketball aired a brilliant spot narrated by rapper Kendrick Lamar, and Pau Gasol referenced it in his message.
Kobe taught us to be better. A better scorer, better mentor, better father, better champion. Today, on his birthday, we continue his endless pursuit of better.
— Nike Basketball (@nikebasketball) August 23, 2020
Happy birthday brother.
Kobe taught us to be better. A better scorer, better mentor, better father, better champion. Today, on his birthday, we continue his endless pursuit of better. 💜💛 #MambaMentality #TeamNike @Nike @nikebasketball pic.twitter.com/M7OiPrA4F0
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) August 23, 2020
The official NBA account also tweeted out remembrances with an iconic photo of Bryant in the ’90s. Meanwhile, NBA Cares acknowledged Bryant as a “champion on and off the court.”
Remembering Kobe 💜💛 8.23.78 pic.twitter.com/l5dh9G6Vwl
— NBA (@NBA) August 23, 2020
A champion on and off the court. Happy Birthday, Kobe 💜💛 pic.twitter.com/eD7eIAvGHy
— NBA Cares (@nbacares) August 23, 2020
Some of Kobe Bryant’s former peers, including Vince Carter and Stephon Marbury, honored Kobe with remembrances.
— Vince Carter (@mrvincecarter15) August 23, 2020
Happy birthday Kobe your presence is missed on earth! pic.twitter.com/tbeK9B90fm
— I AM PEACE STAR (@StarburyMarbury) August 23, 2020
Allen Iverson took a different approach, tweeting out a clip in which Bryant appears to dislocate a finger only to pop it right back into place and immediately re-enter the game. Iverson noted moments like these made Kobe a “Serial Killa!!!!”
— Allen Iverson (@alleniverson) August 23, 2020
Former San Antonio Spurs swingman Bruce Bowen had his fair share of battles with The Black Mamba and told followers “Life is precious.”
— Bruce Bowen (@Bowen12) August 23, 2020
Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell tweeted out his regards, also saying the community would be there to support Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, and his daughters.
It’s 8:24 on his #Birthday. Its the first time I will not be able 2 say #HappyBirthday I will never get use tothat. We think about you often To Vanessa & the girls we r always here for you I know U will be strong because he is part of you. To Joe & Pam I understand. We ❤️U #Kobe pic.twitter.com/Uy0tdZlpd8
— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) August 23, 2020
Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, were among the nine killed in a helicopter crash outside of Calabasas in January.
The tragedy rocked the world. Bryant was just entering his new chapter post-retirement, a man who had become known as a “Girl Dad” and an advocate for women in sports.
As if it were not abundantly clear already, the outpouring of birthday wishes is a clear representation of the impact Kobe Bryant had on so many around the world. There will be plenty more to come throughout the day.