Kobe Bryant Day?
September 15, 2016
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Kobe Bryant was born on August 23rd, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Straight out of high school, Bryant was the 13th overall draft pick in the 1996 NBA draft. Only 60 players have ever been eligible for the draft straight out of high school—Bryant being the 5th.
Bryant spent 20 years in the NBA, playing only for the Los Angeles Lakers. Throughout his career, Bryant has averaged 25 points per game, 4.7 assists per game, and 5.2 rebounds per game. Additionally, he has led the Lakers to 5 NBA championships, won an MVP award in 2008, played in 15 all star games, and played on an All-NBA team 15 times.
Bryant has a decorated career and is very deserving of recognition, but is it worth a holiday? Well the Lakers organization believes that it is. The Lakers announced that 8/24 shall be recognized as both Kobe Bryant Day and Mamba Day. Since Bryant played the first 10 seasons of his career wearing number 8 and the rest as number 24, the decision was made that the date of the holiday will be 8/24.
The idea of establishing Kobe Bryant Day as a national holiday is widely accepted by the basketball and sports community—is it absurd or genius?