The Los Angeles Lakers have revealed that they will retire the two jersey numbers (8 and 24) that Kobe Bryant wore before their game against Golden State Warriors later in the year.
Kobe Bryant retired last season after 20 seasons with LA Lakers where he won 5 championships.
Kobe Bryant also featured for the All-Star team 18 times and scored a total of 33,643 career pts. This puts him at 3rd on the NBA all-time list behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone.
The Los Angeles Lakers only retire the jerseys of their old players who have inducted in NBA hall of fame and even though Kobe Bryant is not eligible yet. The management believes it is just a matter of time before it is done.
Sticking To A Trend
This is not the first time the Los Angeles Lakers will be resting the jersey of a player that had not been inducted into the NBA hall of fame as they rested the jersey of Shaquille O’Neal before he was inducted in 2016.
This makes Bryant the 10th Lakers player to have his Jersey retired by the club after Wilt Chamberlain, Gail Goodrich, Elgin Baylor (22), Magic Johnson, Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, James Worthy, Jerry West and Jamaal Wilkes.
Kobe Bryant is regarded as one of the iconic players in the NBA and had a near controversy free career in the NBA before announcing his retirement at the end of last season.