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Los Angeles to name 8/24 "Kobe Bryant Day"

Pretty cool honor for the recently retired superstar.

Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The city of Los Angeles will honor Kobe Bryant in a pretty cool fashion: It is declaring 8.24 "Kobe Bryant Day" out of recognition not only for the numbers he wore in his time as a Laker, but also a typical shooting night we could come to expect from The Black Mamba.

Okay, maybe that last bit was made up. Maybe.

Really, though, Los Angeles is right to honor Kobe as he was responsible for so much revenue throughout the city during his playing career. This comes on the heels of ringing the New York Stock Exchange Opening Bells, and it would seem retirement is treating Bryant quite nicely at this early stage.

A ceremony will be held at Los Angeles City Hall 10 a.m., this Wednesday in which Bryant will be honored not only for his physical excellence, but for his philanthropic work off the court throughout the city of Los Angeles.

"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," said L.A. City Councilmember José Huizar (via press release). "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.'"

You can find the author of this article on Twitter, @AnthonyIrwinLA.

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