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Kobe Bryant to get his name on a Metro station -- for one day only

Kobe Bryant to get his name on a Metro station -- for one day only
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant waves goodbye to fans after a game Sunday against the Rockets in Houston. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

For Kobe Bryant's final game Wednesday as a Los Angeles Laker, he's (temporarily) unseating a towering figure in California's history: Pio Pico.

The Pico Metro stop, named for California's last governor under Mexican rule, will be renamed the Kobe Station, according to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

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The temporary signs will be installed about 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to Metro spokeswoman Kim Upton. And the new name will last for one day, coinciding with Bryant's final game with the Lakers and the end of his 20-year NBA career.

The stop, which serves Metro's Blue and Expo lines, is located at Pico Boulevard and Flower Street, about two blocks from the Staples Center. It is a popular transit point for those attending Lakers games.

Metro advised those attending Wednesday night's game to take public transportation to avoid heavier-than-usual traffic near the Staples Center.

On Wednesday, Metro tweeted a photo of the "Kobe" station with the message: "Thanks for the memories and the rings!"

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