Although his NBA career is over, the city of Los Angeles hasn’t forgotten all he’s done for the city… and are honoring him with his own day.
In a statement, Los Angeles city leaders declared Wednesday (Aug. 24) as “Kobe Bryant Day”… in honor of the honoring the Los Angeles Lakers icon.
Kobe played 20 seasons in the purple and gold before retiring in April, during which he won five championships.
The date commemorates the two jersey numbers that Bryant wore during his Lakers career: 8 and 24.
“Among his astonishing list of accomplishments, Kobe Bryant’s 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers ranks him No. 1 all-time for NBA players who played for a single franchise, and ‘Kobe Bryant Day’ is the City of Los Angeles’ way of thanking him for his single-minded dedication to excellence, the fans and the entire City and region of Los Angeles,” L.A. City Councilman José Huizar said in a statement.
“For 20 years, we were all the beneficiaries of Kobe’s incredible talent and legendary work ethic, and on 8-24 we’ll gather to say, ‘Thank you, Mamba.'”
Bryant will be honored at Los Angeles City Hall.