Key figures from his championship squads sent their well wishes on Twitter.
Congrats @kobebryant 🏀 much deserved 🔥🔥8️⃣🔥🔥2️⃣4️⃣🏀 See you tonight my brother!… https://t.co/lsKFzg8p8A2017-12-18 17:33:44
Pau Gasol @paugasol
You deserve this one and all the recognitions in the world. Thank you for bringing so much to the sport of basketball #brother! Te mereces este y todos los reconocimientos del mundo. Gracias por todo lo que has aportado a este deporte #hermano! #Ko8e24 https://t.co/bM3ySD83jX2017-12-18 17:26:15
Phil Jackson @PhilJackson11
Congratulations Kobe Bryant! Hail Momba, too. Two Jersey’s retired is one way to measure your impact for the Lakers. The GOAT measure is:🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆2017-12-18 16:32:27
Former competitors and rising stars who grew up watching Bryant also posted kind words.
Mark Jackson @MarkJackson13
Congrats @kobebryant!!! Enjoy ur night bro! Well Deserved! Honored 2 have Played vs u, Coached vs u, and Call ur games! #Greatness #Mamba2017-12-18 17:56:44
Allen Iverson @alleniverson
Congrats!!! #Str8SerialKilla @kobebryant https://t.co/m2LhIAGp9W2017-12-18 16:34:50
Jayson Tatum @jaytatum0
😂😂😂 already know bro! I️ got him right behind MJ. Kobe fasho my favorite player though! https://t.co/kqyOkrBJ6K2017-12-18 19:22:26
Karl-Anthony Towns @KarlTowns
Nothing but the ultimate respect for the one and only @kobebryant on his day. #Ko8e242017-12-18 19:50:18
The tweets ranged beyond the Association. NFL players and teams also tipped their caps to the Black Mamba.
JJ Watt @JJWatt
Forever immortalized through the yelling of his name every time someone shoots a crumpled paper ball towards a garbage can. Truly Legendary. #Kobe2017-12-18 18:28:54
Eric Weddle @weddlesbeard
Well said @icecube. Got chills reading this. @Lakers doing the Mamba right by retiring both numbers. Enjoy ur night @kobebryant. U earned it..... https://t.co/IdKNuSvcfv2017-12-18 15:47:34
Los Angeles Rams @RamsNFL
Congratulations @kobebryant on an incredible career. #Ko8e24 https://t.co/BJL0n4Ohx42017-12-18 19:43:24
Minnesota Vikings @Vikings
🐍 https://t.co/L2PYQ3mSUc2017-12-17 19:17:04
The Lakers will hold a retirement ceremony at the Staples Center when they host the Golden State Warriors.