Lakers Retiring Both of Kobe Bryant's Jersey Numbers

Kristopher Nichols
September 14, 2017

The jerseys will be retired at a half-time ceremony on 18 December when the Lakers host the Golden State Warriors. He wore No. 8 when his career began, then switched to No. 24 at the start of the 2006-07 season.

The Lakers have confirmed they will retire both of the numbers Bryant wore as a Laker, local media reported on Tuesday.

The Black Mamba, of course, played all 20 seasons of his legendary career with the Lakers, and helped them win five titles.

Kobe was named an All-star in 18 out of the 20 seasons he has played in the National Basketball Association; he was also a four-time All-star game Most Valuable Player. "The Lakers have bestowed a huge honor on me and I'm grateful for the fans' enthusiasm around this game".

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"Kobe's jerseys are taking their rightful home next to the greatest Lakers of all time", Lakers chief executive and controlling owner Jeanie Buss said.

Kobe who is now 39 years old had an unbelievable 20 year career for the LA Lakers. The big question ... which number will go up in Staples Center - #8 or #24 ... or both?

Bryant will become the 10th player in team history to join the elite club with legends Wilt Chamberlain (13), Elgin Baylor (22), Gail Goodrich (25), Earvin "Magic" Johnson (32), KareemAbdul- Jabbar (33), Shaquille O'Neal (34), James Worthy (42), Jerry West (44), and Jamaal Wilkes (52). No. 24 was still his number when he retired in 2015.

Kobe, the 2008 NBA MVP, holds the third spot in the all-time scoring list with 33,643 career points.

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