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#ThankYouKobe: Love For Kobe Bryant Floods Twitter

Social media showed tons of love for the NBA star who announced his retirement Sunday

Nov 30, 2015 at 12:04 PM ET

Kobe Bryant’s announcement on Sunday that he will retire at the end of the season prompted sweeping displays of respect and thanks for the NBA star across social media.

Vocativ analyzed more than 166,000 tweets including Kobe Bryant’s Twitter handle—@KobeBryant—and found that the most-tweeted hashtag showing love for the celebrated basketball player was #ThankYouKobe, posted 6,352 times. The second-most tweeted hashtag, posted 2,446 times, was #respect, as fans praised Bryant’s many accomplishments.

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Rounding out the top five were #ThankU, #Legend and #GOAT, short for the “greatest of all time.”

With 20 seasons under his belt, five NBA championships, two Olympic gold medals and more than 32,000 points scored, it’s clear why Bryant is praised. “Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest players in the history of our game,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “Whether competing in the Finals or hoisting jump shots after midnight in an empty gym, Kobe has an unconditional love for the game.”

“I join Kobe’s millions of fans around the world in congratulating him on an outstanding NBA career and thank him for so many thrilling memories,” Silver added.