Just a single day following the basketball community’s united celebration of what would have been Kobe Bryant’s 45th birthday, the special occasion has returned with Mamba Day. Today’s date, 8/24/23, holds particular significance, especially within the city of Los Angeles, where a plethora of events are taking place to honor the iconic Black Mamba.
Chiefly, Vanessa Bryant commenced the morning by sharing on Instagram that a statue of Bryant will soon grace the surroundings of the Crypto.com Arena, with the unveiling set for February 8, 2024. This official revelation from Vanessa herself is particularly noteworthy, considering that rumors about the statue have been circulating for the past month. Since Bryant’s final appearance donning the Lakers’ purple and gold attire, devoted fans have been eagerly anticipating his induction into the statue legacy outside the arena.
However, there’s more to today’s proceedings that pay homage to the Lakers legend!
A Special Ferris Wheel Tribute at Santa Monica Pier The weather in Los Angeles has significantly improved compared to recent days, potentially inspiring some locals to spend their Thursday at the renowned Santa Monica Pier.
Serendipitously, the iconic ferris wheel on the Pier will illuminate the sky in shades of purple, featuring numerous Lakers-themed designs as a tribute to Bryant.
A Show of Sneakers A select group of fortunate fans managed to secure the coveted Kobe 8 Protro ‘Halo’ sneakers, released on August 23. However, Nike has taken it a step further by introducing a fresh wave of signature Kobe shoe releases on this year’s Mamba Day.
The day began with an unexpected shoe drop on the SNKRS app, and even if you missed out on the initial release, don’t be astonished if Nike gives it another shot later today. For those residing in proximity to Westfield Culver City, a special celebration is scheduled from 3pm to 6pm, dedicated to commemorating Bryant’s legacy. The event promises live musical performances, complimentary cuisine from nearby eateries, opportunities to snag coupons from neighboring stores, and a chance to win a throwback Kobe Bryant jersey courtesy of Mitchell & Ness.
“Santa Monica Pier will honor Mamba on August 24th for Kobe Bryant Day. The Ferris wheel light display is from 7:30 PM until midnight on 8/24. #KobeDay LLKB824
On this Mamba Day, the spirit of celebration and reverence for Kobe Bryant resonates throughout Los Angeles. From the announcement of the impending statue to the radiant Ferris wheel tribute and exclusive shoe unveilings, the city comes together to ensure that the legacy of the Black Mamba lives on.