Aug 25, 2016

    Kobe Bryant Day tribute from LA


    FIVE-TIME NBA champion Kobe Bryant is unlikely to forget Aug 24 any time soon.

    Los Angeles, the city where he played his entire 20-year professional career,

    is saying a big thank you.

    As part of a tribute ceremony at city hall, officials in the southern California city 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 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Karl Malone (36,928).

    Bryant was the league's MVP in the 2007-08 season and was chosen to play in the league's All-Star Game 18 times.