Retirement has been good for Kobe Bryant.
The former Laker superstar recently launched a $100-million investment fund and test drove a $490,000 car at Ferrari headquarters, and now he will have his own day.
On Monday, the L.A. City Council announced that this Wednesday will be known as “Kobe Bryant Day.” The date commemorates the two jersey numbers he wore as a Laker: 8 and 24.
“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,” L.A. City Councilman Huizar said in a statement.
Bryant will also be honored for his philanthropy work with his wife, Vanessa, with the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation (KVBFF). The foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of youth and families in need, both domestically and globally, and encouraging young people to stay active through sports.
“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,’” said Huizar.
Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal celebrate during Game 1 of the opening round of the Western Conference playoffs at Staples on April 21, 2002. Bryant scored 35 points and O’Neal 24 as the Lakers beat the Portland Trail Blazers, 95-87. The Lakers swept the series, 3-0.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Bryant, who turned 38 on Tuesday, won five NBA championships with the Lakers and is an 18-time NBA All Star. He holds the NBA record for the most seasons played with one franchise in an entire career.
He will be honored at L.A. City Hall on Wednesday.