The City of Los Angeles, and the rest of us on social media, are celebrating Kobe Bryant Day today, 8/24.
The City Council has officially declared that 8/24, a nod to both numbers that Kobe wore during his 20-year Lakers tenure, will be a day to honor The Black Mamba's accomplishments on the court as well as his philanthropy in youth sports and homelessness in the LA community.
L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar said this of the upcoming 'holiday':
"'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.'"
Over the course of Kobe's illustrious 20-year career, the Black Mamba has supplied us with an endless amount of memorable moments, including each of his five championships as a member of the Lakers.
But today is just about Kobe.
So instead of focusing on the accomplishments he and his teammates achieved as members of the Lakers, we're going to just zone in on 8 of Kobe "Bean" Bryant's most memorable individual moments.
But, we'd be remiss if we didn't throw in this iconic connection with Shaq during Game 7 of the 2000 Western Conference Finals as a bonus Kobe Bryant moment: