Jake Paul Gives NBA Legend Kobe Bryant a Memorable Tribute on What Would be His 44th Birthday

Published 08/24/2022, 10:06 AM EDT
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JULY 18: Professional basketball player Kobe Bryant speaks onstage at the “Kobe Bryant’s Muse” panel during the SHOWTIME Network portion of the 2014 Summer Television Critics Association at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 18, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

The legendary basketball player Kobe Bryant would have turned 44 yesterday. Many fans honored the legend, and one of these fans was American YouTuber Jake Paul, who gave the late NBA player a tribute on his birthday by giving him the title of “King of Basketball”.

Jake Paul is known as a trash talker and this is, in fact, why many think that his take on things is a bit absurd. But what he recently said about the legendary basketball player made many fans agree with him and say that he is, in fact, making a great point.


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Jake Paul honors Kobe Bryant in a special way

In a recent tweet by Jake Paul, he wished the late legendary player Kobe Bryant in a very special way. He called Bryant “King of basketball eternally.” In fact, a statement that everyone will agree upon, as the legendary player had a record of unbelievable achievements.

Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers points alongside J.J. Redick #7 of the Orlando Magic in the fourth quarter of Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals on June 14, 2009, at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida.
(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Notably, Kobe Bryant was a five-time NBA Champion (2000-2002, 2009, 2010), two-time NBA final MVP (2009,2010), and 18-time NBA All-Star (1998, 2000-2016).


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He was also a four-time NBA All-star Game MVP (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011), 11-time All-NBA First Team (2002-2004, 2006-2013), two-time All-NBA Second Team (2000, 2001), and two-time All-NBA Third Team (1999, 2005), along with many more.

Jake’s tweet receives mixed responses from the fans

The fact that many support Jake for his point is not that surprising, but many fans still are trying to pull him down because of the fact that they think Jake is just trying to get a piece of Kobe’s fandom to himself. Thus by idolizing him ‘The Problem Child’ is actually trying to make his own fandom bigger.

Thus, many tried to mock him by making memes on Jake Paul and sharing them with others. This was not supported by others, but the fact that many fans even were against the idea of Kobe Bryant being a fabulous player was shocking to see.


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Notably, the whole basketball fandom, along with other sports and industries, celebrated Kobe Bryant’s birthday, while deeply missing his absence.


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Shivaditya Ghoshal

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Shivaditya Ghoshal is an eSports writer at EssentiallySports. He holds a Bachelor's in Computer Applications and is currently pursuing his Master’s in Commerce from Lucknow. Shivaditya holds a keen passion for video games and follows all the latest releases and trends in the gaming industry.

Edited By: Jito Tenson