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Los Angeles Authorities to Rename Street Honoring NBA Champion Kobe Bryant

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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