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Happy Kobe Bryant Day 8/24

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Los Angeles has officially declared 8/24 as Kobe Bryant Day.

Kobe Bryant may not be in the league anymore, but he has definitely left a lasting mark on the people of LA.  For those of you that are a little younger you may not get the 8/24 reference, but for those who are die-hard Kobe fans you know that before he was #24 he was #8.  In High School Kobe wore the numbers 24 and 33, but when he was drafted by the Lakers those numbers were not available.  Kobe would choose to wear the #8 to start his career.  While wearing the #8 Kobe would put up amazing numbers.  He wore #8 for 10 NBA seasons from the age 18-28.  Here are his numbers as #8:


  • 23.86 Points Per Game
  • 45% Field Goal Percentage
  • 34% Three Point Percentage
  • 83% Free Throw Percentage
  • 5.14 Rebounds Per Game
  • 4.45 Assists Per Game
  • 1.5 Steals Per Game
  • .62 Blocks Per Game
  • 2.87 Turnovers Per Game
  • 3 NBA Championships


At the beginning of the 2006-2007 season Bryant would announce that he was changing his number back to his old high school number of #24.  Although he changed his number, he didn’t show any signs of changing his game.  He would continue to put up amazing numbers no matter what number he was wearing.  His numbers while wearing #24 were:


  • 26.8 Points Per Game
  • 44% Field Goal Percentage
  • 32% Three Point Percentage
  • 5.3 Assists Per Game
  • 1.3 Steals Per Game
  • 1 MVP Award
  • 2 NBA Championships


When you look at the numbers Kobe was able to put up; you see why Los Angeles would choose to set aside a day to honor him for all of his accomplishment as a Los Angeles Laker.  The debate has already began on which number the Lakers should retire, but for now the City of Los Angeles has decided to honor both.  Kobe will be honored at City Hall by Councilmember José Huizar, Council President Herb Wesson, and Councilmember Curren Price.  He will not only be honored for his play on the court, but for his contribution to the community as well.  Kobe would comment on what this all means to him.

“Playing basketball, the focus is always on winning. Winning championships, winning championships, winning championships. Now, championships come and go. There’s going to be another team that wins another championship, another player that wins another MVP award.” Bryant told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street.”

“But if you really want to create something that last generations, you have to help inspire the next generation, and they create something great, and then that generation will inspire the one behind them, right?” he continued. “And that’s when you create something forever. And that’s what’s most beautiful.”


No one can doubt that Kobe Bryant has definitely created something that will last forever, and that is the love and respect from the City of Los Angeles.


Today is 8/24 and now in LA we celebrate the amazing career of #8 and #24, Kobe Bryant.