On what would have been Kobe Bryant's 45th birthday, tributes from fans, friends, and former teammates have flooded in to remember the late Lakers legend.
Vanessa Bryant, Kobe's wife, shared a heartfelt tribute on Instagram. Alongside several pictures of the couple together, she wrote, "Happy birthday, baby. I love you always & forever.
Bryant's former teammates, including Caron Butler and Carlos Boozer, expressed their love and fond memories in the comments of Vanessa's post.
Jeanie Buss, the owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, also paid her respects in the comments, describing Kobe and Vanessa's relationship as a "timeless and inspiring love story."
Many people took to social media on that day to share their favorite memories of Kobe Bryant, highlighting his impact on and off the basketball court.
Kobe and Vanessa's love story began in 1999 when they met on a music video set. They were married for 19 years until Kobe's tragic passing in 2020.
During their marriage, Kobe and Vanessa had four children together: Natalia, Gianna, Bianka, and Capri. Their legacy extends beyond the basketball world, impacting their family and communities.
The tributes will continue on the following day, August 24th, as many consider it another opportunity to celebrate Kobe Bryant. The date holds significance as 8/24 represents both of Kobe's jersey numbers during his illustrious career.