Here’s how the sports world said goodbye to Kobe Bryant
When you play on the biggest stages for as long as Kobe Bryant has, you’re bound to draw some pretty high-profile admirers.
On the last day of Kobe’s 20-year NBA career — #MambaDay — the sports world at large said goodbye to the Los Angeles Lakers superstar on social media. The tributes came in the form of kind words, Kobe kicks, in-game dedications, and, of course, some photoshops.
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— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 13, 2016
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) April 13, 2016
Growing up In Nigeria, I wasn't surrounded by a lot of basketball fans. Still, in a society way more soccer than basketball-friendly, I came to discover your name as my classmates would shoot pieces of paper in the trash bin yelling "KOBE!". Before I knew the game, I knew your name. After I discovered the game, I have come to realize what you mean to Basketball. When I realized my love for the game, your passion became an inspiration for me. This is why it is only right that on THIS DAY that WE are chasing HISTORY I pay homage to you. You're an inspiration to kids all around the world. Thank you for all you've done for The Game of Basketball #MambaDay
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— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) April 13, 2016
— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) April 13, 2016
— Carmelo Anthony (@carmeloanthony) April 13, 2016
— Mike Trout (@MikeTrout) April 13, 2016
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— Pelé (@Pele) April 13, 2016
— Yasiel Puig (@YasielPuig) April 13, 2016
— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) April 13, 2016
— UFC (@ufc) April 13, 2016
@kobebryant it was an honor and a pleasure.You are the finest competitor of our generation.Took every ounce mentally to compete against you
— Shane Battier (@ShaneBattier) April 13, 2016
— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) April 13, 2016
— Tony Parker (@tonyparker) April 13, 2016
— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) April 13, 2016
— Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8) April 13, 2016
— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) April 14, 2016
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Some athletes go beyond. You are one of those Kobe! More than a sport's reference or example. That your highest jump come now, on this new phase. Good Luck, Legend./// Existem atletas que vão além. Você é um deles Kobe! Muito mais que referência ou exemplo. Que o seu maior salto venha agora, nessa nova fase. Boa sorte!
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