Lakers News: ‘Kobe Bryant Day’ set August 24 in City of Los Angeles

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Apr 13, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) waves to the crowd as he walks on the court before a game against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. Bryant concludes his 20-year NBA career tonight. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

August 24 has been officially declared as “Kobe Bryant Day” in the city of Los Angeles. The day comes after the Lakers legend’s birthday (August 23) and the Los Angeles City Council announced the decision on Monday.

“Councilmember José Huizar, Council President Herb Wesson and Councilmember Curren Price, will honor Lakers’ great Kobe Bean Bryant at its City Council meeting Wednesday by declaring August, 24, 2016, “Kobe Bryant Day” in the City of Los Angeles,” the officials said in an official press release.

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“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,’” Huizar was quoted as saying in the same press release.

Bryant, who will turn 38 on Tuesday, retired from the NBA after the 2015-2016 NBA Season. The No. 8 and No. 24 were his jersey numbers during his playing days with the Los Angeles Lakers from 1996 to 2016.

In 20 years in the NBA, Kobe Bryant averaged 25.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game in 1,346 regular season games. In the playoffs, he averaged 25.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game in 220 postseason games.

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Kobe Bryant has helped the Lakers to a three-peat from 2000 to 2002 and back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010. He is a two-time NBA Finals MVP (2009 and 2010) and a one-time NBA MVP (2008).

Even with many accolades already in the NBA, the City of Los Angeles found a way to honor the most popular player in Lakers history.

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