The reports are in! The goat Kobe Bryant will be the first Laker in team history with not one, but two jersey numbers retired.
Sources close to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne confirmed the news early Tuesday. Both jersey numbers #8 and #24 will be placed in the Staples Center rafters, December 18th. The same day that the Lakers will face the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors.
TMZ reports that,
The Lakers aren’t officially acknowledging it but the team sent a letter to Lakers season ticket holders advising them to, “hold on to your tickets for the game on Dec. 18th” for a “special event.”
Bryant, who retired after the 2015-16 season has lasted 20 seasons with the Lakers, including winning five championship games. The 18-time All-Star has scored 33,643 career points.
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He will be joining 10 others who have been retired by the Lakers. These include; Wilt Chamberlain (13), Elgin Baylor (22), Gail Goodrich (25), Magic Johnson (32), Abdul-Jabbar (33), O’Neal (34), James Worthy (42), Jerry West (44) and Jamaal Wilkes (52).