Los Angeles to declare Aug. 24 'Kobe Bryant Day'

Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant smiles during the first half of Bryant's last NBA basketball game, against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Jae C. Hong)

Los Angeles will honor Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant as it declares Wednesday "Kobe Bryant Day."

The day, Aug. 24, marks the two numbers Bryant wore in his 20 seasons for the purple and gold.

Bryant wore number 8 his first 10 seasons, and 24 his last 10 seasons.

"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,'" L.A. City Council member José Huizar said in a statement.

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Bryant won five NBA championships and countless awards for Los Angeles while breaking several NBA and franchise records during his career.

He retired in April, but not before dropping 60 points in his final game, a 101-96 victory in front of the home crowd at the Staples Center.

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Bryant will be honored during Wednesday's meeting in the council chambers at City Council at 10 a.m.

The Associated Press and City News Service contributed to this report.
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