According to a report from ESPN, the Los Angeles Lakers will be retiring former guard Kobe Bryant’s No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys on December 18th. The ceremony will take place during the game against the Golden State Warriors.
Bryant will be joining an illustrious lineup and will become the 10th Laker player to have his jersey hanging in the rafters, following: Wilt Chamberlain (13), Elgin Baylor (22), Gail Goodrich (25), Magic Johnson (32), Kareem Abdul–Jabbar (33), Shaquille O’Neal (34), James Worthy (42), Jerry West (44) and Jamaal Wilkes (52).
The reason for the two numbers, Bryant switched his jersey from No. 8 to No. 24 after the 2006 season.
When Bryant was asked last year which number he wanted to retire, he told ESPN.com, “Whichever number is chosen, it’ll be pretty hard for someone else to wear the other one.”
After spending his entire 20 year career in the NBA with the the Lakers, Bryant finally retired after the 2015-16 season.
Bryant is a legend in the game and led the Lakers to five NBA championships and scored 33,643 points in his NBA career, which leaves him currently third on the all-time list.