Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant will be honoured on Wednesday with a ceremony in Los Angeles, the city where he played his entire 20-year professional career.
As part of the tribute ceremony, to be held at city hall, officials in the southern California city have declared Wednesday as Kobe Bryant Day.
“It is 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 councilman Jose Huizar. “For 20 years, we were all the beneficiaries of Kobe’s incredible talent and legendary work ethic.”
Bryant helped the Los Angeles Lakers win five NBA championships, and was chosen as the finals MVP for the two most recent titles.
He scored 33 643 points – the third most in league history – behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38 387) and Karl Malone (36 928).
Bryant was the league’s MVP in the 2007-2008 season and was chosen to play in the league’s All-Star Game 18 times.