Post-retirement life has been busy for Kobe Bryant. Having departed the NBA with a stunning 60-point performance against the Utah Jazz, the five-time champion has been on numerous promotional campaigns around the world as he continues to expand his off-court brand.
The career Laker committed his whole NBA life to the franchise he idolised as a child, and as a reward for the titles, MVP award and numerous playoff runs, along with the pure adrenaline and excitement he brought to the Staples Center on a nightly basis, he is to be honoured by the city of Los Angeles.
Not only is it the Black Mamba's birthday today, but on Wednesday (24/8) the City of Angels will celebrate 'Kobe Bryant Day'.
City Council member Jose Huizar said: "'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.'"
The two days commemorate the numbers that Bryant wore during his time in the Purple and Gold. He wore eight until the start of the 2006/07 campaign, claiming three NBA titles, an MVP award and eight All-Star selections.
Following his switch to 24, he won two more titles, two finals MVPs and was selected to the Western Conference All-Star team ten more times.
A day is the least he deserves.