In the least surprising news ever, the people of Los Angeles still love Kobe Bryant. The dude is still maybe the most popular athlete in the City of Angels, both because of the titles he brought to the Lakers and because of the delightful way that his NBA career ended.
To further prove this point, the city of Los Angeles has decided that Wednesday will be “Kobe Bryant Day,” which will look at Bryant’s accomplishments on and off of the basketball court. In a statement, here’s what Los Angeles city councilman Jose Huizar said about the special day:
“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.
“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.'”
This seems like a pretty nice token of the city’s appreciation, no? It’s all part of a busy week for Mamba, as he rang the New York Stock Exchange’s bell on Monday (in which he revealed his secret $100 million venture capital firm), and he turns 38 on Tuesday. Also, shout out to the city of Los Angeles for scheduling Kobe’s big day for 8/24. Or maybe Kobe deserves to be shouted out for switching his jersey number and making it so easy for L.A. to honor him the day after his birthday.
(via NBC Los Angeles)