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Kobe Bryant thanks L.A. for honouring him with his very own day

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Kobe Bryant was honoured with his very own day by the city of Los Angeles this week, but in a recent Twitter post, the Black Mamba suggested the pleasure was all his.

The 39-year-old was gifted the day by the City of Angels on August 24, which incorporates the two numbers he wore during his 20-year tenure at the Staples Center, eight and 24.

It was one day after his birthday too and post-retirement life is treating Kobe pretty well right now.

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Not only is he expanding his brand all over the globe, but he is exploring investment opportunities, releasing trainers and making plenty of public appearance too.

None of that stopped Vino from taking the time to appreciate the great honour the city of Los Angeles bestowed upon him and in a tweet, he made sure the city knew he was forever grateful.

Bryant said: "It was MY honor to play here for 20 years. Much respect, LA. #kobebryantday"

True legend

Kobe will, undoubtedly, go down as one of the greatest players of all-time. He is a five-time NBA champion, the 2008 MVP, an 18-time All-Star and two-time Finals MVP.

Scoring 60 points in his final ever game against the Utah Jazz was just the icing on the cake. He helped hang banners in the Staples Center rafters and, almost more importantly, made L.A. one of the biggest markets in the world today as he carried that allure well into the winter of his career.

Born in Philadelphia and raised in Italy, the city of Los Angeles owes nothing to Kobe in the way of heritage, and visa-versa. But, Kobe earned the undying love of a city through two decades of sheer determination and excellence. And it was HIS honour.

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