While the Memphis Grizzlies plot a rebound after their season-ending loss to the Portland Trail Blazers last week, their focus was off the court Sunday.
The franchise’s official Twitter account, as well as multiple Memphis players, tweeted in honor of Kobe Bryant, the superstar former Los Angeles Laker who passed away in a tragic plane crash in January. Sunday would have been Bryant’s 42nd birthday.
“Happy Birthday, Mamba,” the Grizzlies’ official account tweeted. “Rest in Power.”
— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) August 23, 2020
Several players, including rookie sensation Ja Morant, Justise Winslow, Tyus Jones and Jaren Jackson Jr., also honored Bryant.
“Mamba Day,” Morant tweeted.
Mamba Day 🐍🖤🙌🏽
— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) August 23, 2020
“Mamba,” Winslow tweeted.
— Justise Winslow (@IAmJustise) August 23, 2020
“Happy Birthday Kobe,” Jones tweeted. “Mamba Forever.”
Happy Birthday Kobe🐍💜💛 Mamba Forever
— Tyus Jones (@1Tyus) August 23, 2020
“Mamba 4eva,” Jackson Jr. tweeted.
Mamba 4eva 🙏🏾💙🐍
— JJJ (@jarenjacksonjr) August 23, 2020
Bryant played for the Lakers from 1996-2016, winning five league championships and earning numerous awards, including 18 All-Star honors and the 2008 MVP award.