August 23rd and August 24th are both special days. On the 23rd, late NBA Hall of Famer and cultural icon Kobe Bryant would have turned 43 years old. On the 24th, the star's Laker numbers of eight and 24 are combined to be 8/24 - a day that celebrates the life and legacy of the Black Mamba.
As we celebrate Mamba Day today, many fans, celebs, and organizations are taking time to acknowledge what Kobe Bryant has done not only for the game of basketball, but what he has done for people as a whole. Through his signature "Mamba Mentality" and iconic quotes and moments, his legacy is cemented as one of the greatest ever.
Here is just some of the reactions to Mamba Day and the star's birthday on social media.
Kobe Bryant's NBA Career: - 5-time NBA champion - 2-time Finals MVP - 2007-08 NBA MVP - 2-time NBA scoring champ -… https://t.co/Z1zglj63JY— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPN Stats & Info) 1629817203.0
On Mamba Day, celebrate the life and legacy of Kobe Bryant with SI's special tribute issue: https://t.co/R6tNQShszN https://t.co/Q2KqKMIdbP— Sports Illustrated (@Sports Illustrated) 1629811836.0
Honoring a legacy, we miss you Kobe 💛💜 #MambaDay https://t.co/Z2Etu4l970— NBPA (@NBPA) 1629809807.0
Miss you Legend! Happy Birthday Kobe 💜💛🐍 #KobeBryant https://t.co/XAUfF8y0BA— TheBillRussell (@TheBillRussell) 1629757156.0
Happy birthday brother. Miss you 🖤#MambaForever 🐍 https://t.co/RNkW6jJd6b— Pau Gasol (@Pau Gasol) 1629745110.0
Los Angeles Lakers
Black Mamba. Hall of Famer. Girl Dad. Happy Birthday, Kobe 🖤 https://t.co/nUs6HwyjqR— Los Angeles Lakers (@Los Angeles Lakers) 1629732240.0
Happy Birthday @kobeBryant Celebrating you every day! Grateful for the inspiration you continually give us, and how… https://t.co/kfcCYntPEp— Ciara (@Ciara) 1629732344.0
Stephen A Smith
My Brother. Still miss him so much. Mamba Forever! https://t.co/ufBNCsHrmh— Stephen A Smith (@Stephen A Smith) 1629741330.0
Happy Bday @kobebryant !! you are missed bro!! 🙏🏽— Jordan Clarkson (@Jordan Clarkson) 1629742378.0
Happy Birthday, @kobebryant 💜💛— kerry washington (@kerry washington) 1629752641.0
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Happy hump day! On this fine Wednesday afternoon we have everything from documentaries to comedies to reality shows. Come find your next binge-watch.
Awkwafina is Nora from Queens | Comedy Central
Season 2 of this comedy series is airing tonight at 10 PM ET on Comedy Central and on Paramount+. Awkwafina is known for her recognizable voice and comedic prowess. Fresh off her voice-acting work on Raya and The Last Dragon, we are very excited to see one of our favorite stars back on streaming and television.
Superstar: Kobe Bryant l ABC News
ABC is releasing a hour-long special tonight about Kobe Bryant and his on and off court personality. The special airs tonight at 10 PM ET on ABC, make sure to watch and reflect on the legend that is the "Black Mamba".
Nine Perfect Strangers | Hulu
Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy star in this Hulu original drama mini-series that premieres today. We love to see major stars making moves into the streaming world and this interesting story about strangers working with a healer is definitely going to be a good watch.
The Defeated | Netflix
This new Netflix series has a great story about an American cop arriving in Berlin right after WWII. The aftermath of the war is very prevalent in the story and the entire series is available now on Netflix.
In the Same Breath | HBO
This HBO documentary is now streaming and it focuses on the misinformation that plagued the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is a very good watch for an inside look at what was actually going on behind the scenes and why the world didn't act sooner.
Diary of a Future President | Disney+
Season 2 of the coming of age series is coming to Disney+ today! This show is a great watch for people of all ages as the humor and drama are realistic but appropriate. Check out the first and second seasons streaming now!
The Tyler Perry Show: The Sista's After-Show Edition | BET
Tyler Perry's Sistas Exclusive
Tyler Perry's Sistas is airing a special episode tonight at 9 PM ET after the midseason finale aired this past week. Never-before-seen footage and behind-the-scenes moments will be on full display tonight along with conversations between all of the personalities. Tune in tonight on BET if you're a fan!
Breaking Bland | HGTV
This HGTV show is airing the final episode of it's first season tonight at 9:30 PM ET on HGTV. We've seen Mary Welch Fox Stasik transform spaces all season but it's time to say goodbye for a while as we happily wait for the next season!
Chasing Classic Cars | MotorTrend
Chasing Classic Cars is coming to an end tonight at 10 PM ET on MotorTrend! The hit show has been a fun watch and you can stream the episode with the network online if you are not around to watch it live tonight.
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Giannis Antetokounmpo's performance in Game 6 of the NBA Finals last night was something purely majestic. After falling down two games in a row to the Phoenix Suns to commence the 2021 NBA Finals, it looked dire for the Bucks from Milwaukee. But all they needed was for the Greek Freak to emerge, and the rest was history.
Athletes and celebrities across all arenas took to social media yesterday to commemorate Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo's 50 point championship winning spectacle and the Milwaukee Buck's first Finals win since 1971.
Salute & Congrats @Giannis_An34!! You earned that shit!! 🏆💍 💐. 🙏🏾✊🏾❤️👑— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 21, 2021
The King himself, LeBron James, a four-time NBA Champion, and four-time Finals MVP saluted Giannis for his iconic performance. James' Los Angeles Lakers were eliminated in the playoffs by the Phoenix Suns in the first round. However, LeBron has kept busy since his season ended, focusing on the recent release of his new movie: Space Jam: A New Legacy
Paris Saint-Germain Football Club
Team Europe represent! Paris' club football team, P.S.G., took to Twitter to shoutout Giannis and the team's first championship in 50 years.
Surprising enough, pop-country singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow is a Milwaukee Bucks fan! Inspired by her son's enthusiasm, she reminded everyone last night to fear the deer!
Crown em. #nbachamps #— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) July 21, 2021
As a fellow star athlete in the state of Wisconsin, Aaron Rodgers knows the Buck's Finals win is something special. "Crown em," he tweeted. It is still unclear whether or not Rodgers will stay in Green Bay, Wisconsin for the upcoming NFL season.
Congrats the to Bucks and Giannis. It’s nice to see a guy win who has been on the same team, doesn’t have to create a super team, is not an “I” guy, is not out making movies… not talking about anyone in particular. #DDTG @blockfolio pic.twitter.com/VeAoKRYncJ— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) July 21, 2021
President Joe Biden
Congratulations to the NBA Champions Milwaukee @Bucks on claiming your first NBA title in 50 years. Your city and your President are proud.— President Biden (@POTUS) July 21, 2021
Fresh off hosting the Super Bowl-winning Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the White House yesterday, President Joe Biden is now extending an invitation to the Milwaukee Bucks, as they have made the city and him "proud."
Shaquille O'neal knows a thing or two about winning NBA Titles and Finals MVP awards. As a fellow big man, Shaq shared his excitement for the "olde school bully" on Instagram.
Even the World Chess Champion and #1 ranked Chess player in the world Magnus Carlsen shouted out Antetokounmpo from one champion to another.
.@fiservforum and the @DeerDistrict were rocking last night! Amazing performances by @Giannis_An34, @Khris22m, @Jrue_Holiday11 and the entire @Bucks team throughout the #NBAFinals!— Triple H (@TripleH) July 21, 2021
I think you know what to do with this….#FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/KMOn3or7vj
The city of Milwaukee has produced a handful of superstar athletes in recent years, and Major League Baseball player Christian Yelich is one of them. In 2018, Yelich won the National League MVP award, and right before the coronavirus pandemic ravaged the country, the MLB star signed a 9-year, $215 million contract, securing his stay and future in the Cream City.
From one national champion to another, New England Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman re-tweeted Giannis' promise 7 years ago to build a championship-level team in Milwaukee. "Nothing but respect for this kid," Edelman wrote.
Molly Qerim Rose
You already know Molly Qerim Rose, Stephen A. Smith, and Max Kellerman are going to be dissecting every minute of the NBA Finals all week! Rose, the host of First Take, publicly congratulated Giannis and the Bucks for their historic victory.
After helping bring Green Bay a Super Bowl victory in 1996, NFL safety Leroy Butler knows what a national crown means to Wisconsin. He took to Twitter to thank Giannis for staying in Milwaukee and delivering glory to America's Dairyland!
Congratulations to the Milwaukee Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo!
A while back, it was reported that Michael Jordan himself would be the one to induct Kobe Bryant into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame at the ceremony on Saturday. In the wake of the icon's passing last February, Jordan gave a speech the world would never forget, and now we'll honor Bryant one last time when he's immortalized in basketball history.
In an interview with the Hall of Fame, Vanessa and Natalia, the late legend's wife and child, commented on the affair, saying, "It's an incredible accomplishment, and honor, and we're extremely proud of him. Obviously we wish that he was here with us to celebrate".
This induction class is legendary. Between Kobe, Tim Duncan, and Kevin Garnett, this group has amassed 48 All-Star appearances, 11 championships, and four MVP awards.
MTV TV and Movie Awards
Speaking of special honors, MTV has so much golden popcorn to give out this year, the show is being stretched to two nights! Rather than attempt a multiple venue show like the Oscars or the Golden Globes, they're choosing to make the show two nights to conform to COVID-19 protocols.
For night one, we have SNL staple and movie star Leslie Jones and the hysterical Netflix and Roast legend Nikki Glaser for night two. Night one will cover films and scripted shows, and night two focuses on reality shows.
Ryan Murphy's Halston
Beginnings and Ends
But, as Halston begins, we say goodbye to some shows as well. CBS is saying farewell to NCIS: New Orleans at the same time Fox says a final goodbye to Tim Allen's Last Man Standing. Look for those finales next Thursday!
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