The City of Los Angeles adds a permanent memorial in honor of Kobe Bryant’s legacy.
There have been many odes and tributes to Kobe Bryant in the months since his passing. All of the love came flooding in when the whole sports world celebrated Kobe Bryant Day on August 24th with tributes from fans, musicians, and fellow athletes. Though the holiday is recognized in Los Angeles, artists from around the world decorated city walls with murals of the basketball star and his daughter Gianna.
Kobe impacted no city more than Los Angeles, where he spent his entire pro career with the Lakers. The Dodgers baseball team wore his jersey pregame on his 42nd birthday, and now the city itself is renaming a street after him. Los Angeles President and City Councilman Herb Wesson Jr. broke the announcement on Kobe Bryant Day.
Figueroa St. will soon be Kobe Bryant Blvd. between Olympic & MLK.
Kobe’s legacy is bigger than basketball. #KobeBryantBlvd will be a reminder to everyone, young and old who drive down it, there is no obstacle too big and that with the #Mambamentality , anything is possible. pic.twitter.com/gvekIFOU5u
— Herb J. Wesson, Jr. (@HerbJWesson) August 24, 2020
The Lakers legend once famously said, “friends come and go, but banners hang forever.” With the addition of Kobe Bryant Blvd, the city where Mamba electrified his fans can now proudly demonstrate that his influence is not confined to just the inside of the Staples Center.
For more on Kobe’s impact in Los Angeles, check out LATV hosts Natasha and Bruno as they reminisce about their favorite Kobe memories on The Hub.