A 3-mile stretch in Los Angeles City in California USA has been named Kobe Bryant Boulevard to honour the NBA legend that passed away in a helicopter crash earlier this year.
To commemorate what is now known as Kobe Bryant Day on Monday (24.08.20) Los Angeles City council members Curren Price and Herb Wesson announced they are introducing a motion to rename a stretch of road outside the Staples Center in honor of the late star.
Curren Price said in a statement, “This is a gift to the City of Los Angeles and to all the Kobe Bryant fans around the world. LA streets will rise in honor of the ‘King of LA.’”
Kobe played his entire professional career with the LA Lakers, whose home ground is the Staples Center.
He was honoured on Monday after the LA City Council passed a resolution back in 2016 that declared August 24 as Kobe Bryant Day in perpetuity, as the number 24 and the number 8 are the jersey numbers he wore with the team.
The special day also falls just one day after his birthday, where he would have turned 42.
Over the weekend, his widow Vanessa Bryant – with whom he had Gianna, as well as Natalia, 17, Bianka, three, and Capri, 13 months – took to Instagram to share a lengthy caption in memory of her spouse.
She wrote in part of her post: “To my baby~ Happy birthday. I love you and miss you more than I can ever explain. I wish you and Gigi were here to celebrate YOU! I wish I could make you your fav food or a birthday cake with my Gigi.
Kobe died in helicopter crash including eight others and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.