Basketball legend Kobe Bryant inspired countless people with his determination, talent, and remarkable on-court performances. Kobe Bryant Day, named after the NBA icon, is observed in his memory on August 24 each year. This day was initially announced in 2018 by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in honor of the late Lakers legend.
It has since become an annual ritual to remember his impact on basketball and beyond. Kobe’s career left an everlasting effect on sports history, from five championships with the Lakers to becoming a successful businessman after retirement.
“I’m proposing August 24 to be dedicated to the memory of Kobe Bryant, and all that he brought to the Orange County community, which to (sic) strive to live by his words of encouraging those around us to never give up on their dreams,” said Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel.
On This Day in 2016: The City of Los Angeles declared 8/24 as “Kobe Bryant Day” pic.twitter.com/J8Ks3XNRyH
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) August 24, 2022
For many ambitious sportsmen and young people growing up in Los Angeles and other parts of the world, Kobe Bryant was more than just a basketball player; he was a cultural idol. We honor Kobe Bryant’s life and talent on the day his numbers (8 and 24) meet, as well as that of his daughter Gianna, whose life was tragically cut short.
Why is August 24th Kobe Bryant Day?
August 24th is not the anniversary of Bryant’s death. The figures are crucial and symbolic nonetheless. Bryant wore the numbers 8 and 24 throughout his NBA career. Therefore, the date of 8/24 was selected. Additionally, Kobe Bryant’s birthday was the day before. Bryant was born on August 23, 1978, making him 43 years old at his death.
In his 20-year career, Kobe Bryant participated in 18 All-Star games. He also won five championships, two Finals MVP awards, and one scoring title. He developed a reputation for his perseverance and work ethic on the court, which elevated him to the position of one of basketball’s most-known figures.
Bryant led a successful professional life and a wonderful personal one. At the Olympics, Kobe also took home two gold medals. Additionally, Bryant was named to the All-Defensive team 12 times and won the Most Valuable Player honor in 2008.
A devoted husband to Vanessa Bryant and father of four daughters, he was more than just a basketball player. On Kobe Bryant Day, Bryant will be honored, remembered, and celebrated by all.