The Los Angeles Lakers will retire Kobe Byrant’s jerseys Dec. 19 in a game against the defending champion Golden State Warriors, the team announced Tuesday.
“Bryant wore No. 8 from 1996 to 2006, when he switched to No. 24 for the remainder of a 20-year career spent entirely with the Lakers,” The Hollywood Reporter wrote. “He will be the 10th player honored by the Lakers with a retired number hung high on the Staples Center wall, but the first in NBA history to have two numbers retired by the same team.”
Lakers owner Jeanie Buss said in a prepared release: “Kobe’s jerseys are taking their rightful home next to the greatest Lakers of all time. There was never any doubt this day would come. The only question was when. Once again, Lakers fans will celebrate our hero, and once again, our foes will envy the legendary Kobe Bryant.”
Bryant spent all 20 of his pro seasons with the Lakers. He was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in 1996, then immediately traded. He won five championships and made the All-Star team 18 times.