The city of Los Angeles will celebrate Kobe Bryant Day this Wednesday to honor the career of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who retired in April after playing 20 seasons with the Purple & Gold.
The decision to honor Bryant on August 24 is due to the two jersey numbers worn by the player during his NBA career: No. 8 and No. 24. Incidentally, Tuesday is Bryant’s birthday.
Kobe Bryant Day: 8-24
José Huizar, a City Councilman, announced the decision via a statement on Monday.
“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.
“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,” read the statement.
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Bryant will make an appearance at Los Angeles City Hall where he would be honored for his accomplishments.
On Monday, there was another announcement regarding Bryant’s post-playing career. According to ESPN, Bryant is starting a $100 million project that would deal with media, technology and data fund. Bryant rang the opening bell on Monday on the New York Stock Exchange before making the announcement on CNBC.
During his career, Bryant won five championships, two Finals MVP awards and one regular season MVP award. He was selected to the NBA All-Star team on 18 occasions.
With 33,643 points, Kobe Bryant finished third in the list of all-time scorers behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone. Bryant was also the only player in history to represent the same team for 20 seasons. Many consider Bryant as the greatest Laker in history.