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The City Of Los Angeles Declares August 24 ‘Kobe Bryant Day’

Kobe Bryant ruled the city of Los Angeles for two decades as a member of the Lakers. On Aug. 24, he was recognized for his achievements.

Kobe Bryant‘s life is pretty sweet. He’s a Hall of Fame basketball player with hundreds of millions of dollars. What more could he possibly want? A day to acknowledge his awesomeness sounds fair.

The Los Angeles City Council declared Wednesday, Aug. 24, “Kobe Bryant Day.” The date is meant to commemorate the two jersey numbers he wore as a Laker: 8 and 24.


Bryant was a hero to the city of Los Angeles for two decades. They stuck by him through the good times, and the really bad ones. No matter the situation, Kobe’s fans had his back.

They heaped endless praise on his shoulders. When the sky was falling in Lakerland Bryant seemed to escape the blame while ownership and management were thrown under the bus, sometimes by Bryant himself.

As bad as things were for this season in L.A. today is about remembering the career of a great Laker.

The Black Mamba’s ridiculous franchise scoring record (33,643 points) will never be broken and ultimately he will have two different jersey numbers hanging from the rafters at the Staples Center.

If any athlete was going to get a day from any city, it’s fitting that it’d be Kobe Bryant from Los Angeles.

So dust off your Nikes, and only your Nikes if you know what’s good for you, and head out to the nearest hoop and throw up about 30 jump shots.

That sounds right.

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