Kobe Bryant has been one of the most discussed athletes in the last few decades. He’s been mentioned on Twitter over 125 million times according to the service, and has give back to his loyal following on several occasions; he took time in 2013 to live-tweet both his surgery and the re-airing of his 81-point game.
There were a handful times where Kobe truly championed social media. Here are his top five most tweeted-about moments, according to Twitter.
Nov. 29, 2015 – Retirement announcement
Kobe was mentioned 1.3 million times after he penned his “Dear Basketball” letter.
April 13, 2013 – Achilles injury
One day after Kobe injured his Achilles, 978,000+ fans took to Twitter to react to the news.
May 21, 2012 – 42 vs. OKC
Kobe’s 42-point performance in the 2012 Western Conference Semifnals was mentioned over 909,000 times.
Feb. 17, 2013 – 2013 All-Star Game
Kobe locked down LeBron at the end of the game to seal a West win, and was mentioned 876,000 times.
Dec. 8, 2013 – Return from injury
Over 763,000 tweets were sent out when Kobe came back from his Achilles injury after eight months.