Orange County Officials Declare August 24 as ‘Kobe Bryant Day’

The Black Mamba spirit lives on. According to reports, Orange County’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to declare August 24 as Kobe Bryant Day. It’s a bittersweet moment for NBA fans. Just months after the world lost pop-culture icon and his thirteen-year-old daughter Gianna in a tragic helicopter crash in the California hills, the five-time NBA champion is getting the recognition he deserves.

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Kobe Bryant Day

Throughout his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant wore the numbers 8 and 24, becoming the only player in NBA history to have multiple jerseys retired by the same team. He wore No. 8 to start his NBA career and switched to No. 24 during the 2006-07 NBA season until his retirement in 2016. It’s precisely this reason that August 24 has been chosen, perfectly commemorating the basketball great’s dual history of success.

“A treasured member of our Orange County community, Kobe Bryant was the basketball legend that inspired so many young men and women to pursue their dreams and never give up,” Board of Supervisors chairwoman Michelle Steel told CNN. “I’m proposing August 24 to be dedicated to the memory of Kobe Bryant, and all that he brought to Orange County community, which to (sic) strive to live by his words of encouraging those around us to never give up on their dreams. The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.”

The 18-time All Star and one-time MVP was a tyrant of the game. When news of Bryant, Gianna and the five other victims’ tragic deaths struck the sporting community, fans across the globe entered a period of intense mourning. In an unprecedented season marred by COVID-19 distractions, the loss of Kobe stands tall as the definitive moment in the 2020 NBA calendar. At least now we know, each year on August 24, the legend of the Black Mamba will not be forgotten.

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