Remembering Kobe Bryant, his legacy on his 42nd birthday

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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.

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.