Published On: Tue, Aug 23rd, 2016

Los Angeles to declare Aug. 24 'Kobe Bryant Day'

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The Kobe Bryant farewell tour from the NBA isn’t over just yet.

To honor his legendary career as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, council members will meet on Wednesday and declare Aug. 24 “Kobe Bryant Day” in the city.

“Among his astonishing list of accomplishments, Kobe Bryant’s 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers ranks 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,” council member Jose Huizar said in an official 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.'”

The date pays tribute to the two numbers (8 and 24) the five-time champion donned during his tenure wearing gold and purple. It will also come one day after Bryant turns 38 years old.

“Kobe Bryant Day” will also acknowledge his charity work over the years, specifically what he and his wife, Vanessa, have done with the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation, which is “dedicated to improving the lives of youth and families in need, and encouraging young people to stay active through sports.”



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