August 23rd and August 24th are both special days. On the 23rd, late NBA Hall of Famer and cultural icon Kobe Bryant would have turned 43 years old. On the 24th, the star's Laker numbers of eight and 24 are combined to be 8/24 - a day that celebrates the life and legacy of the Black Mamba.
As we celebrate Mamba Day today, many fans, celebs, and organizations are taking time to acknowledge what Kobe Bryant has done not only for the game of basketball, but what he has done for people as a whole. Through his signature "Mamba Mentality" and iconic quotes and moments, his legacy is cemented as one of the greatest ever.
Here is just some of the reactions to Mamba Day and the star's birthday on social media.
Kobe Bryant's NBA Career:\n- 5-time NBA champion\n- 2-time Finals MVP\n- 2007-08 NBA MVP\n- 2-time NBA scoring champ\n- 2-time Olympic Gold medalist\n- 18-time All-Star\n- 4-time All-Star Game MVP\n- 33,643 career points \n- 12-time All-Defensive selection \n- 25 career 50-point gamespic.twitter.com/QUHENnytyQ— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPN Stats & Info) 1629817203
On Mamba Day, celebrate the life and legacy of Kobe Bryant with SI's special tribute issue: https://buff.ly/3kqHznA\u00a0pic.twitter.com/Q2KqKMIdbP— Sports Illustrated (@Sports Illustrated) 1629811836
Miss you Legend! Happy Birthday Kobe #KobeBryantpic.twitter.com/XAUfF8y0BA— TheBillRussell (@TheBillRussell) 1629757156
Happy birthday brother. Miss you #MambaForever pic.twitter.com/RNkW6jJd6b— Pau Gasol (@Pau Gasol) 1629745110
Los Angeles Lakers
Black Mamba. Hall of Famer. Girl Dad. \n\nHappy Birthday, Kobe pic.twitter.com/nUs6HwyjqR— Los Angeles Lakers (@Los Angeles Lakers) 1629732240
Happy Birthday @kobeBryant Celebrating you every day! Grateful for the inspiration you continually give us, and how you Love Your Queens! Forever in our hearts. \n#8 #24 Foreverpic.twitter.com/U3nRR2irX5— Ciara (@Ciara) 1629732344
Stephen A Smith
My Brother. Still miss him so much. Mamba Forever!pic.twitter.com/ufBNCsHrmh— Stephen A Smith (@Stephen A Smith) 1629741330
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