Kobe Bryant would have turned 42 today.
It’s the “would have” that hits you. Kobe was an inspiration taken from this world far, far too early. It wasn’t just him that was lost that fateful Sunday, it was his daughter Gianna and seven other souls who inspired people in their own way.
Kobe Bryant, however, was iconic. The Kendrick Lamar narrated Nike ad “Better” above highlights his legacy better than I could.
Happy birthday brother.
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
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) August 23, 2020
Pau Gasol wasn’t the only one inspired. Listen to NBA players reflecting on Kobe’s impact on them (from right after his death).
And if we’re watching videos, let’s sit back and enjoy Kobe’s 40 greatest plays from his career (as decided by NBA.com).
Happy Birthday, Kobe. We miss you.