All hail Kobe Bryant! Before the basketball legend played in his final NBA game on April 13, some of the biggest names in sports and beyond paid tribute to Kobe on social media. See heartfelt messages from LeBron James, Tiger Woods, and more right here!
Happy #MambaDay! April 13 marks Kobe Bryant‘s last game as a professional basketball player, also marking the end of one of the most legendary careers in NBA history. To honor the legacy Kobe, 37, is leaving behind, LeBron James, Tiger Woods, and Aaron Rodgers sent the Los Angeles Lakers star touching messages on Twitter. But that’s just a few of the superstars who shared their Kobe love — take a look at who else celebrated Mamba Day!
With more total points than Michael Jordan, the longest career for an NBA guard, and 17 All-Star game appearances, Kobe is the quintessential definition of legend. To say he deserves his own day is an understatement! Hours before Kobe took the court for his final game, LeBron shared a picture with his Team USA teammate, simply captioning the pic, “#MambaDay #Salute.” Tiger shared his “last word” to Kobe (“tough”), also thanking No. 24 for leading the Lakers to 5 championship titles.
As if LeBron and Tiger aren’t enough, some of the best athletes in pro sports including Aaron, Alex Rodriguez, Kevin Durant, and Alex Ovechkin, gave Kobe a shout-out! Plus, it wasn’t just athletes, either — Zendaya, Mario Lopez, and Drake chimed in, and Kendrick Lamar even dedicated a video to Kobe! Take a look at all of the touching tributes here!
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 12, 2016
— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) April 13, 2016
— Mario Lopez (@MarioLopezExtra) April 13, 2016
— David Ortiz (@davidortiz) April 13, 2016
— Tony Parker (@tonyparker) April 13, 2016
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) April 10, 2016
— Carmelo Anthony (@carmeloanthony) April 13, 2016
— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) April 13, 2016
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— Chris Bosh (@chrisbosh) April 13, 2016
— Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8) April 13, 2016
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 13, 2016
Talent. Passion. Dedication. Killer instinct. He had it all. #MambaDay
— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) April 13, 2016
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) April 13, 2016
— Steve Blake (@SteveBlake5) April 13, 2016
🎥🐍 Mamba Day: kendrick lamar pays respect to kobe bryant 🌊🏄https://t.co/DtQCwYcFzF
— FOLLOW the WAVES (@_wavesondeck) April 12, 2016
Clearly Kobe didn’t just make an impact on the sports world throughout his 20-year career! He will surely be missed. Farewell, Black Mamba!
HollywoodLifers, what’s your favorite Kobe memory? Send your love to the NBA legend in the comments below!