— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) August 23, 2012
— #HappyBirthdayKobe (@LakersWired) August 23, 2012
Birthday candles might be a little scarce these days. August has seen a big run on notable athlete birthdays -- both young and old -- as Tom Brady, Tim Tebow, Ryan Lochte, Carl Yastrzemski, Jeff Gordon and Roger Federer have all blown various amounts of candles in the past few weeks.
Thursday, NBA fans celebrate a doubleheader of sorts -- with Kobe Bryant (34) and Jeremy Lin (24) each having their cake and eating it, too.
Happy Birthday Kobe Bryant ! Thanks for inspiring me and others to ball their hardest ! :)
— Harrison(@TrueFlightzBSM) August 23, 2012
Fans have to be wondering what Bryant would wish for on his birthday -- besides that sixth ring.
Bryant will have to wait until next June -- at the earliest -- for that one.
This summer, he already has gotten another gold medal, Dwight Howard and Steve Nash.
What's left? Maybe Phil Jackson?
The NBA offered a quick look at some highlights from his Year 33:
— NBA (@NBA) August 23, 2012
Kobe hasn't stopped since London, scoring 68 points in 15 minutes during an exhibition game in China:
Kobe just went to China & had thousands of fans greeting him. Tebow wouldn't get that same response & still waiting on a Super Bowl from him
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) August 22, 2012
Until Wednesday, that is. Bryant posted the following message on his Facebook page:
No word on birthday plans.
Any other suggestions on birthday gifts?