Kobe Bryant was one of the greatest basketball players of all time, and he was also among the very few who managed to transcend the sport. His tragic passing in a helicopter accident in 2020 was a massive blow to the countless lives he touched all over the world, but he lives on in their hearts and minds.
Today would have been the great man's 44th birthday, and fans paid tribute to an icon who was so much more than just a basketball player.
"Happy Birthday Kobe the impact you made in a short period of time is phenomenal R.I.P. king you are truly missed 🙏🏾"
"Kobe inspired people the absolute best they can be in whatever it is they do. RIP GOAT"
"Goat happy birthday Kobe Bryant rest in heaven legends never die"
"Happy Heavenly Birthday. I miss you, Kobe..."
"RIP man and happy birthday to a legend. Gone but not forgotten."
"Heroes come and go, but legends are forever.💛💜"
"Rip still doesn’t feel real"
"Thanks For The Endless Inspiration You Brought To Us. You Inspired A Generation And You’ll Continue To Until The End. Happy Birthday 🐍"
"You would’ve been 44 today. Not a day goes by where I don’t think about you. Love you Kob. 💛💜"
"Happy birthday to a legend man"
"Happy Birthday to one of greatest to ever touch a basketball. Miss u Bean 💜"
"Man it still doesn’t feel real that he’s gone Happy birthday Mamba 💛"
"Truly one of a kind. Happy birthday Bean 🐍"
"Happy Kobe day
Legends never die"
"Greatest Laker of all time, we miss you Kobe. 🙏 🐐"
"Happy Birthday to the one and only Goat Happy Heavenly Birthday we miss you and little Gigi very much 💜💛💜💛 @Lakers"
"Happy birthday Kobe! You are in the heart of all Italian people! 💕"
"Happy birthday to the GREATEST HARDEST WORKER of all time. Your mentality changed the game. World. and Minds of others."
"Happy heavenly birthday. Miss you, GOAT."
"My goat and inspiration."
Bryant's legacy will live on forever, and while he is gone, he will never be forgotten. Americans are also honoring the great man by naming their children "Kobe", with around 17,000 babies in the country being given that name between 2020 and 2021.
It is remarkable how many lives he managed to affect in a positive way during his lifetime and on this day, let us remember all the great moments that he left us with.