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NBA stars wish Kobe Bryant a Happy 40th Birthday

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In honour of Kobe Bryant's 40th birthday, we're rolling out Kobe Week! Each day we'll be celebrating his finest moments, pondering the unanswerable questions and diving into a legacy that's among the most storied in all of sports .

Kobe Bean Bryant was born on Aug. 23, 1978, in Philadelphia, Pa. For 20 years he dazzled NBA crowds, earning the respect of legends and peers while inspiring the next generation of young players.

From former teammates and current Lakers to his biggest rivals , the basketball world hasn't held back in showing the Mamba birthday love.

There are no words in this world that can describe the mad love I have for you. I appreciate you Bean, you have been there for me during my darkest times until today and I hope until the end of times. We shined together in my most glorious times and those are like a tattoo in my heart . I can never repay you back for the unconditional love but I can tell you how much I appreciate you. Those memories we have together, nobody can take that away from us. Happy bday bro, you are forever my #1 brother for life. @kobebryant ❤️🙏🏿

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Happy birthday to the "baddest" to ever lace them. #SKYBLUE @kobebryant

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Welcome to the 40 club, @KobeBryant! Blessed to call you a teammate all those years, and a friend! #HBD #TBT

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Welcome to the Top of the Hill @kobebryant Much love and respect on your born day cuz

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Happy birthday, Kobe!

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