Lakers to retire both Kobe Bryant jersey numbers

Lakers to retire both Kobe Bryant jersey numbers

Lakers to retire both Kobe Bryant jersey numbers

But for all the distinctions Bryant already has to his name, he will reportedly be adding one more to his legacy this season, when he will become the first player in National Basketball Association history to have not one, but two numbers retired by one team.

Bryant played with the Lakers for his entire 20-year career, beginning in 1996 when the Lakers trade Vlade Divac to the Charlotte Hornets for draft rights to the then-17-year-old. "The Lakers have bestowed a huge honor on me and I'm grateful for the fans' enthusiasm around this game". Take a look back at Kobe Bryant's storied career with the Lakers! He wore No. 24 for the remaining eight years of his career. His numbers will now be hung up on the Staples Center wall.

Bryant has been retired for more than a season now and has kept himself busy. Bryant having his jersey retired at halftime will probably make this the most popular night for the Lakers this season.

Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Gail Goodrich, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O'Neal, James Worthy, Jerry West and Jamaal Wilkes have all had their number retired previously.

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Even in retirement, Bryant continues to sell tickets for the team and drive up prices for fans begging to witness "Black Mamba" history one more time.

Bryant is eligible to enter the Hall of Fame in 2021, but the Lakers decided not to wait for that formality to enshrine Kobe in their own exclusive club. He now ranks third on the NBA's all-time regular season scoring list and fourth in postseason points. Sep.

Since his retirement, Bryant has become an unofficial adviser to Buss and the Lakers.

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