The city of Los Angeles is honoring Lakers legend Kobe Bryant by declaring Aug. 24 “Kobe Bryant Day.”
The date 8/24 represents the two jersey numbers Bryant wore during his storied, 20–year career with the Lakers.
“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,” Los Angeles city councilmember Jose 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 retired at the conclusion of the most recent NBA season, scoring 60 points in his final professional game.
The “Black Mamba” finished his career with averages of 25 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. Bryant was a five-time NBA champion, two-time NBA Finals MVP, an 18-time All-Star, and made the All-NBA First Team 11 times.