Every year on August 24th, the sports world comes together to honor icon Kobe Bryant and his jersey numbers of 8 and 24 for Mamba Day. Bryant's untimely and tragic death on January 26th now provides a much different perspective to the Black Mamba's life and legacy.


Today, we're celebrating the Laker legend and how he inspired millions upon millions of fans through his mamba mentality, a-list smile, and big shots on the basketball court.

Highlights

Hailing from Lower Marion High School in Philadelphia, PA, Kobe Bryant was drafted 13th overall by the Charlotte Hornets. The young prodigy was then traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he built a 20-year career and earned the following accolades:

  • 5x NBA champion
  • 2x Finals MVP
  • 2008 NBA MVP
  • 18x All-Star
  • 11x All-NBA First Team
  • 2x NBA scoring champion
  • 9x All-Defensive First Team
  • NBA Slam Dunk Contest Champion
Apart from his iconic basketball career, It's no secret that Bryant was an adopted Angelino and had a profound impact on Hollywood and pop culture today. In honor of 8/24, those in and around the entertainment business are taking to social media to celebrate the Black Mamba.

Allen Iverson

Former All-NBA point guard Allen Iverson penned a letter to Kobe with the Player's Tribune.

WNBA

Kobe Bryant played a pivotal role in the promotion of women's basketball with his Mamba Sports Academy and personal relationships with some of the best female basketball players in the world. The WNBA is recognizing Bryant's impact on the game and his devotion to women's equality.

Los Angeles Dodgers

The LA Dodgers and Kobe Bryant had a special relationship through the years, where Bryant can be found throwing out the first week or sitting next to the field. The Dodgers are now celebrating the life of the Black Mamba and his daughter Gianna.

Nike

Kobe Bryant's partnership with Nike led to some of the most iconic creations in branding history. Today, Nike is honoring the late-great with a tribute video unlike any other.

NBA on TNT

On Inside the NBA, Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O'Neal opened up about Bryant's legacy and what he means to the sports world.

Kobe Bryant's global reach will forever be felt, and we're honoring the Black Mamba by keeping him in our hearts always.

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