He’s getting up there! He’s been in the league since the age of 17, how quickly does time fly by? We want to wish our MVP a Happy Birthday! May the following year bring you another Larry O’Brien Trophy, and any other individual accolades that may come with it. It’s fair to say that Kobe Bryant is one of the few sports greats living today, let’s try to appreciate every game he plays — In the meantime, TLN Labs is currently hard at work looking for the fountain of youth.

Leave your Birthday wishes for Kobe here, and check out his 2009 recap.

  • http://www.rodsimmons.rovia.com Rod Simmons

    Hey Kobe!!! I hope you have a great day!! Thanks for being a Laker all these years and bringing us some great games!! You are way cooler than Shaq too!!!

  • http://none Bunty Prasad

    Hey Kobe today is ym birthday too!! You are a great player the best i have ever seen anyone handle a basketball Keep up the great work and Happy B day!

  • desecrator93

    Happy B-Day KB. Damn your gettin old!! Haha just kiddin. Hope your gettin alot of rest this offseason cuz next season’s gonna be an EPIC grind to another ring! The drive for five starts Oct. 27….

  • Arianit Zeneli

    Congratulations Kobe, hope you have a great birthday!

  • Israpil Shaldaev

    Thanks,Kobe..for everything you have done for the Lakers franchise…Happy B-Day!!!You are the greatest Laker ever!!

  • ZAK

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLACK MAMBA!! YOU’RE 31 AND YOU’RE ALREADY A LEGEND!!! CONGRATS!

  • TheFiasco

    Kobe…G.O.A.T

  • JFK-analysis-at-TLN

    the MAN KB24- Happy B-Day. GOAT

  • Tgrays

    Happy birthday Kobe hope your spending it with your family. Get your R&R and I hope we get another ring. 31 your getting up there lol…

  • lakerschamps-09

    HAPPY BDAY KOBE!! ALSO HAPPY BDAY TO MY MOM.. FUNNY THEY HAVE DA SAME BDAY LOL.. BUT WE KNOW WAT KOB GUNA B DOIN

  • http://kb24.com rissa missa

    Happy Happy Birthday Kobe! All the best and God bless. (^_^) {peace&<3}

  • Dtogawa

    Happy birthday Kobe let’s go back to back next year!

  • KobeDiem

    Happy Birthday Mamba!! All the best!!!

  • http://thelakersnation.com alex

    kobe happy birthday your the best and will continue 2 b the greatest ………enjoy your birthday

  • 8plus24ismagic

    Happy b-day Kobe and hope to see you win more titles, I’ve watched you since you come to LA in 96 and knew you would be great.

  • http://wths.net Justin

    Happy birthday kobe. I’m a die hard lakers fan. Congratulations on ur success. Best of luck

  • Jasmin

    happy bday to my hubby (i wish) Kobe Bryant!!!!
    time does go by fast :)
    hope you can bring more championship rings to this wonderful team Lakers :)

    today is all about you

    xoxo
    Jasmin

  • Jay Dholakia

    Happy Birthday!

    I hope you had a great birthday. You are the greatest athlete alive. Wish you a great season and a great life. Thanks for everything!

  • INGL3W00D

    DAMN KB I KNOW VANESSA GAVE YOU THAT “BIRTHDAY SEX”

  • MARY ANN C. @ LA PUENTE, CA

    WISHING YOU A GOOD HEALTH AND HAPPINESS ON YOUR BIRTHDAY, KOBE!

  • myriamkb24

    HEY KOBE HAPPY 31ST BIRTHDAY! ISHING YOU GOOD HEALTH, LONG LIFE AND HAPPINESS. AND MORE RINGS TO COME!!!! YOU’RE THE BEST!

  • dracul

    Happy Birthday Kobe! Here’s to good health, good games and bringing at least 2 more championships to the city of LA!

    Under the current roster, the Lakers are positioned to win the NBA Championship for 2010 and 2011.

    The keys to keeping their odds of winning high are:


    1 – Bynum’s health, hopefully continued development / consistency and his commitment to DEFENSE! 2 knee injuries in 2 years can make you lose a step – However, he is young and while it was on different knees and only 1 required surgery, he did show that he was about to have a breakthrough – twice!

    If he’s healthy, I hope 3rd time’s the charm. This year Phil Jackson might leave Bynum in for longer periods and in more clutch/pressure situations. Eventhough the Gasol/Odom combo has shown to be the most effective at the ends of games, we still haven’t seen the full potential of a fully healthy and in-sync Bynum.

    One thing for next season: I would like to see him be more aggressive around the rim and go for power dunks like hay-day-Shaq and Dwight Howard – but then again he’s being groomed by the ‘finesse’ master Kareem.

    2-Point guard play – Will Shanon Brown be the athletic point guard who doesn’t turn it over, reliably shoots the 3, and can keep opposing point guards from penetrating/defense? We all know that Fisher is a good fit for this team and has more positives than negatives, and we know what COULD NEVER DO – which was stay in front of quick opposing point guards. This is where Farmabrick was supposed to be fill in, but so far he’s been playing either really well, or inconsistent, or been injured – so its hard to figure out who will inherit the point guard spot.

    Kobe is now 31- he has 2 more years of “Kobe-like” dominance over the opposition. Even this year, you can see he’s not driving nearly as much as he used to and he’s mostly doing layups instead of dunks. You can also see his elevation on dunks is starting to slip, and he knows it.

    He’s been playing for 12 years straight, plus the Olympics, and he’s played in enough playoff games to amount to an extra season. His constant commitment to conditioning is paying off now, because even though he’s more like ’33’ in NBA years, it allows him to still stay athletically competitive. (Jordan started playing at 21 after college, plus he took 2 years off when he was ‘soft-suspended’ for 2 years by Stern, after which he came back and won 3 more.)

    Even with a diminished Kobe beyond 2011, he can still be effective and average ‘only’ 19-22ppg and the Lakers can still have a good chance at the ‘ship. I dont know if they’ll give him a ‘ultra-max’ 3 year extension after 2011, but if they win in 2010 and 2011 like they should, he’ll deserve it, even if he’s not going to be Kobe-Wan.

    Likely future scenario:

    2009-2010: Bynum returns to form and Lakers dominate the regular season. Lakers meets the Celtics in NBA Finals again but this time Paul “The Wheelchair” Pierce is shackled by Artest, Garnett is gassed and dissolves in the 4th quarter like usual, Ray Ray either scores 6 or 40ppg, and Rajon Rondo jump-clanks his team out of the series. Lakers angrily beat the Celtics 4-1 to avenge their 2008 loss.

    2010-2011: Shaq puts off retirement and wants to rejoin the Lakers in 2011 for vet’s minimum with option for 2nd year. Since Kobe will have more rings than Shaq at this point no matter what, he agrees to this signing. In the NBA Finals, Lakers face whatever Super-Team+LeBron got formed in the East from all the free agents of 2010. Despite all the LeBron-love from the refs and clearly playing 5 on 8 like in Game 4 against the Magic this year, the Lakers pull off a dramatic victory in game 5 and wrap it up 4-2 at home. PJ doesn’t want to be the one to help Kobe one-up Jordan with 6 rings, so he retires on top. Shaq retires on top. Swan song for everyone: Lakers: 3-peat Re-Peat! PJ gets a 3peat Re-Peat 2-Peat!

    2012: Lakers are still competitive, but the Portland Trailblazers are by now the team to beat in the West, and the Refs/NBA will do whatever it takes to make sure that whatever team Lebron is on will win the NBA finals.

    -Dracul

    • desecrator93

      ya i agree that KB has bout 2 yrs left of being, well, Kobe. You can definetely see that his athleticism is declining somewhat (although he can still get up there pretty well for a guy his age, better than Vince Carter lol). But even after 2 or so yrs, he’ll still be a top 5 player in the league and will rely more on his jumpshooting and post play kinda like how Jordan did in the latter stages of his Bulls career. And his defense should still remain solid although not quite like it was. Anyway, I shouldnt be talkin negative, this guy has givin us 4 f*ckn titles and amazing moments and is surely the greatest Laker of all time and one of the all time NBA greats. The drive for five starts Oct. 27…

  • xXxjustin24xXx

    Hi KObe happy birthday! wish you all the best and to your laker family.,

    More Power to the black mamba! Bring home many rings!!!

    Happy Birthday MVP!

  • http://n/a FLANY

    Dear Kobe,

    Thank you so much for all the happiness you bring to your fans. Happy 31st; stay strong and fit and bring home your 5th ring! There can only and ever will be only one Kobe!
    Hope to see you in Australia one day.

    From
    (Australia’s No.1 Kobe Fan)
    FLANY

  • lakerfan106

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY KOBE BEAN BRYANT !!!

  • Ruth Schwartz

    So Kobe I have left two messages on twitter . I am your fan from Philly Ruth. I once sent you a cake and I have been sending you letters for about 6 years. Just wishing the best 31 and I hope the Lakers have an awesome season.

  • Sako

    Happy Birthday Kobe!!!

  • http://www.inverter-china.com/blog lovekb

    Yes. Happy birthday. Hope next year Kobe will get the championship.

  • Darius Brown

    Happy Birth KB 24 were going to win the ring again next year

  • http://www.thelakersnation.com Darius Brown

    Happy birthday KB 24 Lakers all day we gone do it again next year

  • http://SHANEELENTERPRISES.COM shaneel

    omg i dnt know wt 2 say , happy 31st bdaY KOBE , IM YR BIGGEST FAN AND TRY AS MUCH AS I CAN TO PLAY LIKE U BUT AT THE SAME TIME ADD MY OWN THNGS IN , EVRY1 AT SCHOOL SAYS I PLAY LIKE U AND SAY I IMITATE YOUR HANGTIME JUMPSHOTS JABSTEPS PUMPFAKE PIVITING ROUND AND SHOOTING , BUT TO THEM IM JUS LIKE THE GUY WHOS GUD AT LONG RANGE AND MID RANGE JUMPSHOTS BUT WANT TO PROVE THT I CAN DRIVE IN AS WELL AND DOING MY BST TO DOING SO , I RECKON YR THE GREATEST PLAYER OF ALL TME AND KNW U DNT LIKE IT WEN U GT COMPARED TO MJ SO AL IM GUNA SAY Z U AND MJ R BOTH GREAT PLAYERS IN YR OWN WAYS AND I DNT BELIEVE THT ANY 2 PLAYERS PLAY EXACTLY THE SAME BUT SUM ASPECTS ARE SIMILAR , ANYWAYS HAPY BDAY AGAIN AND HOPE U GT AT LEAST 2 TO 3 MORE CHAMPIONSHP TROPHIES ! LATR BRO

  • http://yahoo shanaya

    IM HAPPY THAT I HAVE THE SAME BIRTHDAY AS YOU KOBE. YOU ARE MY #1 STAR AND I LOOK UP TO YOU TO THE FULLEST. YOU ARE THE BEST AND THE VIRGOS RULE.
    AUGUST 23 1991 WAS THE DAY I WAS BORN AND YOU JUST TURNED 13. IM YOUR BIGGEST FAN AND I HAVE THE SAME NUMBER YOU HAVE AS MY NUMBER ON MY HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TEAM. LETS GET IT LA LAKERS

  • Jorn

    you are amazing!I love you so much!

  • http://facebook zaire culver

    happy birthday kobe or should i say black mamba your getting older but don’t let that slow you down because age is just a number and only you can control the outcome

  • Utkarsh

    Wish you a very Happy Birthday! You are my best basketball star!!!!!!!

  • jorge

    Happy Birthday! 24 kobe hope you win your next ring for a 3peat enjoy your day thanks for all your hard work and keep winning. Again happy birthday thank you for everything you done for the lakers and your fans

  • CYNHTIA

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY KOBE MAMBA BRYANT YOUR THE BEST PLAYER THERE IS AND A INCREDIBLE HUMAN BEING LOTS OF LOVE TO YOU