The city of Los Angeles marked 8/24 — Kobe Bryant Day — with details on a plan to rename a street after the late NBA icon.
As fans gathered outside the Staples Center, two city councilmen held a news conference saying they’ll introduce a motion on Tuesday to rename a stretch of Figueroa Street outside Staples Center as Kobe Bryant Boulevard.
“This is a gift to the city of Los Angeles and to all the Kobe Bryant fans around the world,” said City Councilman Curren Price.
“Kobe Bryant Boulevard will be a reminder to every Angeleno young and old who drives down it that there is no obstacle too big and that with the Mamba mentality, anything is possible,” added Council President Emeritus Herb Wesson.
Wesson shared an image on Twitter showing what the street signs will look like.
Figueroa St. will soon be Kobe Bryant Blvd. between Olympic & MLK.
Kobe’s legacy is bigger than basketball. #KobeBryantBlvd will be a reminder to everyone, young and old who drive down it, there is no obstacle too big and that with the #Mambamentality , anything is possible. pic.twitter.com/gvekIFOU5u
— Herb J. Wesson, Jr. (@HerbJWesson) August 24, 2020
While he is retiring from the city council in a matter of weeks, Wesson told us he plans to fast track the legislation.
“I think the community can help a great deal by letting the rest of the city leaders know how important this is to them, and they want this to happen and they want this to happen fast,” he said outside Staples Center.
If approved, the portion of Figueroa Street from Olympic Boulevard to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard would become Kobe Bryant Boulevard in honor of the five-time NBA champion.
Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a Jan. 26 helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif.