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Los Angeles Authorities to Rename Street Honoring NBA Champion Kobe Bryant

CC BY-SA 2.0 / Erik Drost/flickr / LeBron James vs. Kobe BryantLos Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, left, and Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, right, are seen on the court together during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, left, and Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, right, are seen on the court together during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Los Angeles. - Sputnik International
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Kobe Bryant died in January, after a helicopter he and his 12-year-old daughter Gianna were traveling in crashed, killing all aboard, including the pilot. A star of the Lakers basketball club and a US sports icon, Bryant was an NBA champion five times.

A portion of the street surrounding the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, will be renamed after the Lakers legend, Kobe Bryant, who, along with one of his children, died in a helicopter crash in January

Herb J. Wesson Jr, an LA city councilman, on Monday tweeted that Figueroa St. would be renamed 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", Wesson said in his tweet.

​The initiative came shortly after fans around the world commemorated Bryant on his birthday. On Sunday he would have turned 42. 

Five-time NBA champion and a Lakers basketball club star, Bryant died in January in a helicopter crash, along with his 12-year-old daughter Gianne. The tragedy claimed lives of all people on board, including the pilot. 

Bryant's widow, Vanessa, filed a death suit against the company that owned the helicopter after the fatal crash.

Staples Center, in the vicinity of the street to be renamed, is a sports complex and home to the Los Angeles Lakers.

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