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Kobe Bryant would have turned 42 today. The five-time NBA champion died in a helicopter crash back in January. Current and former NBA stars took to social media to pay tribute on Kobe’s birthday.

Pau Gasol, who won two titles with Bryant and the Lakers, posted the following message on Twitter: “Happy birthday brother. Kobe taught us to be better. A better scorer, better mentor, better father, better champion. Today, on his birthday, we continue his endless pursuit of better.”

The Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James shared a couple of Instagram stories involving Kobe. Here’s one of them:

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CJ McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers also tweeted on Kobe’s birthday: