Kobe Bryant will become the first player in Los Angles Lakers history to have two jersey numbers retired, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. The team will put both No. 8 and No. 24 in the Staples Center rafters in December.
The question of which jersey the Lakers should retire was always a fun debate, especially given how Bryant dominated in both numbers—winning 3 NBA championships in No. 8 (2000, 2001, 2002) and 2 in No. 24 (2009, 2010).
These will be the 10th and 11th jersey numbers retired by the Lakers franchise. The other nine are Wilt Chamberlain’s 13, Elgin Baylor’s 22, Gail Goodrich’s 25, Magic Johnson’s 32, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 33, Shaquille O’Neal’s 34, James Worthy’s 42, Jerry West’s 44, and Jamaal Wilkes’ 52.
The Lakers have announced that the retirement ceremony will take place on Dec. 18 in a game against the Golden State Warriors.
The Lakers are expected to announce they will retire Kobe Bryant's number on Monday, December 18 when they play the Golden State Warriors.
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