Kobe would have celebrated his 43rd birthday today.
Happy Birthday, Kobe Bryant!
Today is (August 23) the Icon was born and would have been his 43rd birthday. His career ended three years ago and his life was taken in a tragic helicopter crash On January 26, 2020, the day after he congratulated LeBron James for passing him on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others. He is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and three daughters: Natalia, Bianka, and Capri—born in June 2019.
The Black is a Mount Rushmore candidate for all-time great NBA players. Hes also one of the more diverse and multifaceted personalities to grace the game. He spent much of his young life growing up in Italy and speaks more than five different languages. Hes a true renaissance man, conquering all obstacles in his path.
A Los Angeles Lakers legend who helped the NBA’s most glamorous franchise win five titles, Bryant first gained notoriety as a highly rated high school player at Lower Merion, right outside of his hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Bryant famously decided to skip college, and was drafted 13th in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets. He would never play for the Hornets, though, after he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he would spend the entirety of his 20-year career.
We remember a true legend and one of the greatest competitors the game’s ever seen, Rest In Paradise Kobe Bryant. Mamba Forever.