For many in the NBA community, it can still be difficult to accept the fact that Kobe Bryant is gone more than two years removed from his tragic death. But it’s clear that the Lakers legend will never be forgotten.
Back in 2016, Los Angeles declared Aug. 24 as Kobe Bryant Day, celebrating the five-time NBA champion after his retirement by recognizing the two jersey numbers (Nos. 8 and 24) that he wore during his illustrious career. Kobe Bryant Day took on a new meaning in 2020 following his death in a helicopter crash, which claimed the lives of eight others, including Bryant’s daughter, Gianna.
Bryant certainly earned his day on the calendar, as he had an incredible Hall of Fame case as either No. 8 or No. 24. Any NBA player would be happy to take one of those eras, let alone his entire 20-season run with the Lakers.
But his impact went well beyond the court. Bryant was the Michael Jordan-like figure for the current generation of NBA stars. He was an Oscar-winning filmmaker. He was an author. He was a husband, father and friend.
Here’s how some of the biggest names in NBA history paid tribute to Bryant on his special day.
Today is 8/24 - these numbers will forever remind us of Kobe Bryant— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kaj33) August 24, 2022
We lost a great friend but he left us with some amazing memories. This is one of my favorites on why Kobe was
a champion. #KobeBryant #VanessaBryant #Lakers #NBA #LakersDoc #Hulu https://t.co/uJOvlQSYYB pic.twitter.com/JtrKIGUc6M
Miss u big man pic.twitter.com/2YJ0EzTYCx— SHAQ (@SHAQ) August 24, 2022
This was a bucket, bean stance was too open and gave me a hook shot going middle. Miss you my boy!!! Lol https://t.co/8UIC4zodFJ— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) August 24, 2022
Mamba Day pic.twitter.com/rCmZLOJJhR— Carmelo Anthony (@carmeloanthony) August 24, 2022
Legends aren't defined by their successes. They're defined by how they bounce back from their failures.— Chris Bosh (@chrisbosh) August 24, 2022
Something I learned from Kobe Bryant. pic.twitter.com/ylmln9GATA