Lak­ers to re­tire Kobe’s 8, 24 jersey num­bers

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS -

LOS ANGELES – One re­tired jersey num­ber just isn’t enough for Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lak­ers.

The Lak­ers an­nounced Tues­day that they will re­tire Bryant’s No. 8 and No. 24 in a cer­e­mony Dec. 18 dur­ing their game against Golden State.

Bryant wore No. 8 from 1996 to 2006, when he switched to No. 24 for the re­main­der of his 20-year ca­reer with the Lak­ers. He will be the 10th player hon­ored by the Lak­ers with a jersey re­tire­ment, and the first to have two re­tired num­bers.

The five-time NBA cham­pion and 18-time All-Star se­lec­tion is the Lak­ers’ fran­chise leader in games played (1,346) and points (33,643), among count­less su­perla­tives. He was the first player in NBA his­tory to spend at least 20 sea­sons with one fran­chise.

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