On Tuesday, Brooklyn Nets superstar Kyrie Irving made two posts to Twitter to honor the late Kobe Bryant.

Los Angeles Lakers superstar would have turned 44-years-old on Tuesday, August 23.

Bryant tragically passed away in a helicopter crash in January of 2020

Irving's first post was a GIF of Bryant, and he did not caption the tweet. 

The tweet has over 20,000 likes in less than three hours.  

Irving came into the NBA in 2011, and Bryant retired in 2016, so they got to play against each other six times over their careers.   

Irving considered Bryant a good friend, and was very emotional after he and his daughter (Gigi) passed away.