Kobe Bryant celebrated his 38th birthday on 8/23 and the following day the City of Los Angeles provided him the gift of marking the date of 8/24 Kobe Bryant Day.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) August 24, 2016
The date is fitting because it represents both of Kobe Bryant’s jersey numbers that he used during his 20 year career, all spent with the Los Angeles Lakers, an NBA record.
The L.A. City Councilman that pushed for the honor was Jose Huizar.
— Jose Huizar (@josehuizar) August 24, 2016
“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,” Huizar said. “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,’”
As expected, Lakers’ fans filled City Hall, lining up early in hopes of entering the chamber and witnessing the moment.
— raining3s (@raining3sdotcom) August 24, 2016
The Chamber was filled to capacity and the overflow of fans were sent to the south lawn to view the event on flat screens.
Being just one day after his birthday the chamber full of city officials and fans serenaded Bryant with a song.
Council chambers sings Happy Birthday to Kobe Bryant. pic.twitter.com/idJw6QbPUN
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) August 24, 2016
In 20 illustrious seasons that came to an end this past April, Bryant amassed 33,643 points, which ranks 3rd in NBA history just behind fellow Lakers legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain, 5 NBA championships, 2 NBA Finals, MVPs, 18 NBA All-Star selections, 4 NBA All-Star Game MVPs, 11 All-NBA First team honors, 9 NBA 1st team All-Defensive team honors and the 2008 NBA MVP. Kobe Bryant being worthy of the honor of receiving an entire day dedicated to him after what he has accomplished in his playing career and the amount of joy he’s brought to the residents of Los Angeles is a massive understatement.