Happy Birthday, Kobe! #KobeBryantDay Takes Over Twitter

Happy Birthday, Kobe! #KobeBryantDay Takes Over Twitter [PHOTOS]


Retired Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant turns 38 today ( Aug. 24) and with the Black Mamba riding off into the sunset last season, the hoops star’s big day this year has been especially poignant for fans.

Kobe joined the Lakers 20 years ago, winning five championships, an MVP award and two Olympic gold medals over one of the most storied–and controversial–careers in NBA history. En route to basketball infamy, Kobe famously sparred with superstar teammate Shaquille O’Neal, coach Phil Jackson, faced sexual assault charges in 2003 and a near-divorce from his wife Vanessa Bryant in 2011.

Nonetheless, Bryant remained and continues to be one of the game’s biggest global ambassadors and brands. And his final NBA season was, despite the Lakers lowly play and poor record, a celebration of all that he’s meant to the game and to L.A. And post-retirement, Bryant is looking into a broader set of interests.

On Monday ( Aug. 22), Bryant and former Web.com CEO Jeff Stibel announced that they are launching a $100 million investment fund called Bryant Stibel focused on funding technology, media, and data companies.

“Playing basketball, the focus is always on winning. Winning championships, winning championships, winning championships. Now, championships come and go. There’s going to be another team that wins another championship, another player that wins another MVP award.” Bryant told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street.”

“But if you really want to create something that last generations, you have to help inspire the next generation, and they create something great, and then that generation will inspire the one behind them, right? And that’s when you create something forever. And that’s what’s most beautiful.”

And on his birthday, Twitter showed Kobe an abundance of love. Check out some of the best posts from #KobeBryantDay below.