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Kobe Day 2020
Kobe Day 2020

Kobe Day 2020: Get Into The Mamba Mentality

Kobe Bryant holding his number 8 jersey
Kobe Bryant holding his number 8 jersey

Shortly after his final season in 2016, the city of LA declared 8/24 Kobe Bryant Day. Today, the city of Orange County will also recognize this day for the first time. This is our first Kobe Day without the Mamba himself and to say the city doesn’t feel his absence would be a lie. He spent his entire career with the LA Lakers, showing his loyalty and dedication to the city and his fans.

“’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.” – L.A. City Council member Jose Huizar via ESPN.com

The Bryant Family
The Bryant Family
Vanessa Bryant with her children in front of a Kobe and Gianna mural.
Vanessa Bryant with her children in front of a Kobe and Gianna mural.

August 24 – 8/24 is a symbol of the 2 jersey numbers Kobe wore while playing for the NBA. Kobe helped the Lakers win 5 NBA championships, was a two-time MVP winner, a two-time Olympic gold medal winner, an 18-time All-Star, 14-time All-NBA selection (10 first team) and 12-time NBA All-Defensive player (nine first team). Off the court, he was a loving husband to Vanessa and a dedicated father to Natalia, Gianna, Bianka, and Capri.

We remember and celebrate Kobe Bryant for his incredible skills, dedication and for sharing his Mamba Mentality with us all. Kobe inspired us, motivated us and taught us to work hard and keep fighting for our dreams. The Lakers will honor Kobe and Gianna in tonight’s game by wearing special uniforms and last night the LA Dodgers honored Kobe as well [Read about it here]. Many players, celebrities and companies took to social media to honor the soon to be basketball Hall of Famer, here’s what they had to say:

Rest In Paradise Kobe Bean Bryant. #MambaMentality #MambaOut

Kobe Bryant on the court waving to fans.
Kobe Bryant on the court waving to fans.

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