Carson Renames City Recreation Center to Honor Kobe Bryant

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Kobe Bryant points during Game Seven of the 2010 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics at Staples Center on June 17, 2010. (Credit: Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant points during Game Seven of the 2010 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics at Staples Center on June 17, 2010. (Credit: Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)

Lawmakers in Carson unanimously voted to rename the city basketball gym in honor of Kobe Bryant, officials announced Wednesday.

The building will formally be known as Kobe Bryant Gym after the City Council’s Tuesday night vote, the Carson officials said in a news release.

The resolution was introduced by Mayor Albert Robles, who said Bryant once filmed a commercial at the indoor courts in 2004.

“Obviously as a Laker fan I was shocked by the news of compa Kobe Bryant’s death, but as a father who also takes his kids around during the weekend to their games, this tragedy particularly resonated with me,” Robles said in a statement, using a Spanish word for “friend.”

Mourners have been painting murals and erecting impromptu memorials for Bryant across the Los Angeles area, but this appears to be the first time a building has been renamed in his honor. In its release, the city noted that “the impact of his tragic death unleashed shock waves across the globe.”

Correction: A previous version of this story gave an incorrect name and location for the facility.

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