NBA honors Kobe Bryant on his birthday with banner surrounding court in Orlando bubble
The NBA community is celebrating the memory of Kobe Bryant on Sunday, Aug. 23, which would have been the late Los Angeles Lakers legend’s 42nd birthday.
As the Philadelphia 76ers warmed up before their game against the Boston Celtics, an electronic banner with the initials “KB” and a heart with a “2” in reference to Kobe and his daughter, Gianna, could be seen around the court.
Check it out:
On what would have been Kobe Bryant’s 42th birthday, a 2 and KB banner surrounds the court as Sixers and Celtics warm up. pic.twitter.com/oe6Lvhllq4
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) August 23, 2020
Bryant’s memory is being commemorated inside and outside the NBA bubble
Vanessa Bryant shared a heartfelt birthday message to her late husband, while a number of athletes, such as Vince Carter, Sabrina Ionescu and LeBron James posted messages in Bryant’s honor. The Lakers, NBA and WNBA also sent out tributes to the Hall of Famer:
We miss you every day, Kobe. Happy birthday from your Lakers family. pic.twitter.com/6hzwFXgkwh
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) August 23, 2020
Remembering Kobe 💜💛 8.23.78 pic.twitter.com/l5dh9G6Vwl
— NBA (@NBA) August 23, 2020
Happy Birthday Kobe 🧡 pic.twitter.com/yP9N1XXSrg
— WNBA (@WNBA) August 23, 2020
Nike released an ad entitled “Better: Mamba Forever,” narrated by Bryant’s friend, Kendrick Lamar. “Kobe taught us to be better,” the L.A.-based rapper and lifelong Lakers fan says in the ad:
Nike has labeled this “Mamba Week.” The apparel company will release five new versions of the Kobe V Protro sneakers and a reissued jersey designed in part by Bryant.
On Aug. 12, the Orange County Board of Supervisors declared Aug. 24 (8/24) as “Kobe Bryant Day“— which comes one day after his birthday and represents both numbers he wore during his prolific career. The Lakers will wear their Black Mamba alternate uniforms for their game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday.
Over 300 murals have popped up in cities across the globe celebrating Bryant and Gigi since they and seven others tragically perished in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26