Mamba week begins now.
Today marks the day that Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant would have been 42 years old. He was taken from us too soon back in January when he died in a helicopter crash alongside his daughter Gigi and 7 others. Bryant was a Nike athlete, and the swoosh decided to honor the Black Mamba by releasing a short film that hopefully serves as some inspiration. That inspiration, of course, comes in the form of what Bryant famously called Mamba Mentality.
“It’s to constantly try to be the best version of yourself. It’s a constant quest to try to be better today than you were yesterday,” is how the 5-time champion explained it.
The film is narrated by Kendrick Lamar, showing love to the man who changed LA sports forever.
“Kobe taught us to be better. A better scorer, better mentor, better father, better champion,” Lamar passionately says in the 90-second clip.
Brands aside, the special day has led fans and celebrities alike to share their memories of Kobe on social media. That includes NBA players who looked up to Bryant, were inspired by him, or privileged enough to play with him during his 20-year career as a Los Angeles Laker.
“The beauty of basketball, for me, is that it’s a sport you can never perfect. What made Kobe great was that he wasn’t scared to try new things, because that risk of failure is where you grow,” said NY Liberty guard Sabrina Ionescu. “Kobe tried to perfect everything about his game, from the way he played to the way he approached the game.”
Check out some of the touching tributes in the gallery below.
NBA Players Honor Kobe Bryant On His 42nd Birthday
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Happy birthday @kobebryant We miss you my brother!!! 👑🙏🏾🙌🏾🖤🕊— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) August 23, 2020
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Kobe taught us to be better. A better scorer, better mentor, better father, better champion. Today, on his birthday, we continue his endless pursuit of better.— Nike Basketball (@nikebasketball) August 23, 2020
Explore #MambaMentality. https://t.co/H4exgG9itT 💜💛
Performance: @kendricklamar pic.twitter.com/1Qm36V9mM6
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We miss you every day, Kobe. Happy birthday from your Lakers family. pic.twitter.com/6hzwFXgkwh— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) August 23, 2020
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Woj sharing his insights on what Kobe could’ve been in the bubble 💜💛 pic.twitter.com/Xw2fcdPRvK— The LakeShow PH (@LakeShowPH) August 23, 2020
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Happy Birthday, Kobe 💜💛 pic.twitter.com/RO8zQRwQtI— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) August 23, 2020
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Remembering Kobe 💜💛— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) August 23, 2020
Watch Mason's introduction of Kobe Bryant at his final game at The Palace. pic.twitter.com/9VXUTmcNYk
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IN MEMORY OF KOBE...— DJ Premier (@REALDJPREMIER) August 23, 2020
SALUTE TO YOUR 42nd BORN DAY...
LOVE TO GIANNA 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/Mh17iifTXm
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"We lost potentially the greatest ally that [women's basketball] could ever hope for."— espnW (@espnW) August 22, 2020
Kobe's Lasting Impact: pic.twitter.com/AoLXfir9Ou
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Happy Birthday, Kobe. 💛💜 pic.twitter.com/5qw7MfAm9A— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) August 23, 2020
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Happy birthday brother.— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) August 23, 2020
Kobe taught us to be better. A better scorer, better mentor, better father, better champion. Today, on his birthday, we continue his endless pursuit of better. 💜💛 #MambaMentality #TeamNike @Nike @nikebasketball pic.twitter.com/M7OiPrA4F0
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It’s 8:24 on his #Birthday. Its the first time I will not be able 2 say #HappyBirthday I will never get use tothat. We think about you often To Vanessa & the girls we r always here for you I know U will be strong because he is part of you. To Joe & Pam I understand. We ❤️U #Kobe pic.twitter.com/Uy0tdZlpd8— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) August 23, 2020
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Was never not around Kobe and wasn't in awe!! He made everyone want to be better. Happy birthday giant!!! 😪🙌🏾🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/yBxf7tVNQO— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) August 23, 2020
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Happy Birthday We miss You Kobe!! You set the bar, inspired & influenced so many! You personified true greatness and leave a legacy any hooper would dream of! On what would have been your 42nd Birthday we honor you!! #RIP #Mamba #KobeForever— Quentin Richardson (@QRich) August 23, 2020
How Nike, Fans, NBA Players & More Are Honoring Kobe Bryant On His 42nd Birthday was originally published on cassiuslife.com