The Los Angeles Dodgers pay tribute to Kobe Bryant on his 42nd birthday.
Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020 would have been Bryant’s 42nd birthday. Bryant, his daughter Gianna and several other friends tragically passed away in a helicopter crash in late January 2020. He had so much left to give in his post-playing career with the NBA‘s Los Angeles Lakers, and now we’re left the memories of all the good he did, on and off the court. This Dodgers’ video encapsulates it all.
There was no better voice to narrate this touching video than Vin Scully
Up until the last few years, Scully had been the voice of Dodgers baseball since the team relocated from Brooklyn, New York in the late 1950s. Scully is widely considered the best baseball play-by-play broadcaster of all time. Even if he’s not No. 1 in some people’s eyes, he belongs on the Mount Rushmore of the greatest baseball announcers to ever walk this earth. There is only one Vin Scully.
And you can say the same thing about Kobe Bryant. As a teenager, he made his way from his native Philadelphia to Los Angeles with the tall task of bringing the Lakers back to national relevancy. Only a few years after his rookie season, Bryant had the Lakers three-peating alongside Shaquille O’Neal and on top of the basketball world.
Later in the 2000s, after O’Neal took his talents to South Beach, Bryant would win two more NBA Championships with Pau Gasol playing alongside him. Bryant’s five championship rings helped him become an unquestioned top-eight player in the history of the NBA. Though not a iconic as his idol Michael Jordan, he may be the most beloved professional athlete in the history of Los Angeles.
After calling it a career, Bryant embraced being a girl dad, won an Academy Award and became a champion of the women’s game. He was going to do so much for the game of basketball in his 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. It’s beyond tragic that he wasn’t able to do all the great things we knew he was going to accomplish via the Mamba Mentality.
Happy Birthday, Kobe! We all miss you so, so much.