NBA giants, Los Angeles Lakers have revealed their plans to honour legend and star, Kobe Bryant by retiring both his No. 8 & No. 24 jerseys at a ceremony on December 18 during their game against Golden State Warriors.
Kobe wore No. 8 from 1996 – 2006 before he switched to No. 24 for the remainder of his 20-year career which he spent with the Lakers.
He will be the 10th Lakers player to be honored with a retired number hung up on the Staples Center wall, but the first player in NBA history to have two numbers retired for the same team.
Lakers owner Jeanie Buss told New York Post:
Kobe’s jerseys are taking their rightful home next to the greatest Lakers of all time. There was never any doubt this day would come. The only question was when. Once again, Lakers fans will celebrate our hero, and once again, our foes will envy the legendary Kobe Bryant.
Even as injuries betrayed his body later in his career, during his final game in a Lakers jersey, Bryant scored a remarkable 60 points—23 of those in the first quarter.
Comparisons to Michael Jordan followed him his entire career, and he is considered one of the greatest to ever play the game.
As the Times notes, since his retirement, Bryant has served as an adviser to Lakers owner Jeanie Buss.
He told the Times last year: “The Lakers are my family. I’ll always be available for Jeanie and the whole organization. They know I’m only a phone call away.”