Happy Birthday Mamba! Here’s How Lakers Decided to Honor Kobe Bryant on His Birthday

Published 08/23/2021, 3:21 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 26: Laker’s Kobe Bryant ,24, celebrates a three pointer in the fourth quarter as the Lakers beat the Nuggets 122-107 during a first round playoff basketball game between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers April 23. 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)


There is a popular saying ‘Legends never die’. One such person is NBA legend, Kobe Bryant. The ‘Mamba’ left a legacy that will always live on through the younger generation. His famous ‘Mamba Mentality’ keeps growing as it allows people to grab inspiration through his hard work.

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Today marks Bryant’s 43rd birthday. Twitter celebrated one of the league’s best players ever with various posts. Notably, his team, the Los Angeles Lakers posted a thread of his best moments. Here is a look at how the Lakers honored Kobe Bryant on his birthday.

BEIJING, CHINA AUGUST 14TH, 2008––USA’s Kobe Bryant lets out a scream after dunking the ball against Greece during a preliminary round game at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
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Lakers remember Kobe Bryant

Bryant spent his entire NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers. In his 20 years with the organization, he achieved almost everything there is to offer. He quickly became the heart and soul of Los Angeles, making him an international icon.

However, the journey was never easy; there were times when Bryant almost gave up on the Lakers. Notably, there were rumors about his trade to the Chicago Bulls in 2003. However, he stayed strong and went on to become synonymous with the Lakers.

On Twitter, the Lakers handle shared a thread of some of Mamba’s career highlights on the occasion of Mamba’s birthday. The main focus was given to his mentality and showcased the toughest moments of his career. Battling through injuries, walking off despite an Achilles injury, and not flinching were some of the highlights.

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 15: (L-R) Kobe Bryant #24 and Lamar Odom #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers share a laugh on the bench during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers on January 15, 2010 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 126-86. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

In addition, let’s look at all of Bryant’s achievements in purple and gold.

Mamba did it all

Bryant was blessed with the killer instinct. He would do anything to help his team, and he lived up to it. One of his main abilities remains to be his clutch ability. Kobe is probably the best tough shot maker in NBA history.

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Moreover, he became one of the most successful players with the franchise. Kobe Bryant won 5 championships with the Loa Angeles Lakers. He and Shaq remain to be the last pair of teammates to complete a three-peat. Bryant also won an MVP trophy.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – JUNE 12: Kobe Bryant, Lindsey Hunter and Shaquille O’Neal of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate following Game Four of the NBA Finals against the New Jersey Nets on June 12, 2002, at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images via Getty Images)

The Mamba made the All-Star game a record 18 times in his career; moreover, he is also the youngest player to be a part of the All-Star game. Kobe was one of the best defensive guards in his time, making All-Defensive first team 9 times.

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He won the All-Star MVP 4 times, scoring champion 2 times and 2 finals MVP as well. Hence, he is regarded as the greatest Laker of all time, and deserves the credit he gets.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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