Kobe Bryant had one of the most illustrious and decorated careers in NBA history before he called it quits after this season. The former 13th overall pick of the 1996 NBA Draft is the league's third-highest scorer with a total of 33,643 over a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. He also won five titles in his time with the Lakers as part of the mega teams involving Shaquille O'Neal from 2000-2002 and then Pau Gasol from 2009 to 2010.
Bryant is undoubtedly going to get a statue outside of the Staples Center like Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar already have and Shaq is about to get this upcoming season. That's not the only thing he's got going for him though as he now has his own day in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles City Council announced the decision Monday.
Here's the entire release:
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. Bryant, who retired last season by scoring 60 points in his final NBA game, amassed 33,643 points (3rd all-time) in a 20-year career with the Lakers, along with five NBA titles, 18 All Star appearances and an NBA MVP. An international megastar, Bryant leaves a legacy as one of the Lakers', and indeed, the NBA's all-time greats. The August 24th date commemorates the two numbers (8 and 24) Kobe Bryant wore during his career with the Los Angeles Lakers, the longest for any NBA player with a single franchise.
Kobe Bryant will also be recognized for his philanthropy. Along with his wife, Vanessa, the Bryants created the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation (KVBFF), which is dedicated to improving the lives of youth and families in need, and encouraging young people to stay active through sports. In order to make a measurable impact on the critical issue of youth homelessness, KVBFF partnered with a number of Los Angeles-based organizations including Step Up on Second, My Friend's Place and United Way. Bryant has served as the honorary chair of United Way of Greater Los Angeles's annual HomeWalk. He also volunteers his time to Make-A-Wish Foundation, NBA Cares and The Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and serves as an ambassador for After-School All-Stars.
"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," said L.A. City Councilmember José Huizar. "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.'"
You might think that Bryant would get sick of all the tributes and goodbyes he's received from every team in the league in the past year, but Kobe loves himself some more Kobe.
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