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Lakers plan to retire Kobe Bryant's jersey this winter

14 September, 2017, 00:40 | Author: Carla Brady
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The Los Angeles Lakers will retire former guard Kobe Bryant's No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys on December 18, according to a report from TMZ and ESPN's Ramona Shelburne. He wore No. 8 at the beginning of his career and switched to No. 24 during the 2006-2007 season, and it is unclear which of those numbers will be the one to be retired. "There was never any doubt this day would come, the only question was when". Kobe also celebrated his 39th birthday recently (with a Marvel superhero cake he couldn't help but to gush over).

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Kobe Bryant during his final game.

Bryant retired after the 2015-16 season, spending his entire 20 year career with the franchise. An 18-time All Star and third on the National Basketball Association all-time scoring list, Bryant's remarkable career on the court is one that will be remembered for a long time. "The Lakers have bestowed a huge honor on me and I'm grateful for the fans' enthusiasm around this game". The Lakers are in a rebuild, as they move away from the Bryant era, one of the greatest stretches in franchise history.

Kobe Bryant's storied career will forever be immortalized at the Staples Center this Christmas.

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.

Last year, Bryant was asked his thoughts on what the team should do.

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

It was always a given, but now it's been confirmed by the L.A. Lakers.



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