City officials declare Kobe Bryant Day in Los Angeles
Aug 25 2016
On Monday, the L.A. City Council announced that this Wednesday will be known as "Kobe Bryant Day".
The date was a combination of the two jerseys he wore during his career with the Los Angeles Lakers, 8 and 24.
Fans cheered and chanted Bryant's name as he was presented a framed proclamation by Mayor Eric Garcetti and council President Herb Wesson.
The distinction was the flawless birthday present for Bryant, who turned 38 on Tuesday.
The City of Los Angeles has declared 24 August Kobe Bryant day, in commemoration of the former Laker superstar.
"It's a very surreal experience having a day named after you", Bryant said.
Over the course of Kobe's illustrious 20-year career, the Black Mamba has supplied us with an endless amount of memorable moments, including each of his five championships as a member of the Lakers.
The 6-foot-6-inch National Basketball Association star played as a guard for most of his career.
The 6-foot-6-inch Bryant, a guard for most of his career but listed as a forward-guard in his final season, scored 33,643 points, the third most in league history, behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Karl Malone (36,928). In his final game, he scored 60 points - the most any other player in the National Basketball Association put up in a single game that season.
Bryant was the league's MVP in the 2007-2008 season and was chosen to play in the league's All-Star Game 18 times.