LOS ANGELES (AP) Lakers fans packed Los Angeles City Hall chambers to witness the mayor and other officials declare Kobe Bryant Day in honor of the retired NBA superstar.
Councilman Jose Huizar said Wednesday's declaration is the city's way of thanking Bryant for his excellence on the court and philanthropic efforts across Los Angeles.
Bryant attended with his pregnant wife and their two daughters. He called the experience ''surreal'' and jokingly said someone would have to explain to his unborn daughter why ''daddy has a day named for him.''
Fans cheered and chanted Bryant's name as he was presented a framed proclamation by Mayor Eric Garcetti and council President Herb Wesson.
Bryant played his entire 20-season career with the Lakers, leading them to five NBA championships.