Source: Lakers to retire Nos. 8, 24 for Kobe

From ESPN - September 12, 2017

The Los Angeles Lakers will retire both of Kobe Bryant's jerseys -- No. 8 and No. 24 -- before their game against the Golden State Warriors on Dec. 18, sources confirmed to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne on Tuesday.

TMZ Sports first reported that Bryant's jersey will be retired in December.

Bryant, who retired after the 2015-16 season, played 20 seasons with the Lakers, winning five championships. The 18-time All-Star scored 33,643 career points, currently third on the all-time list behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone.

The Lakers usually only retire the jerseys of players in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Bryant is not yet eligible for enshrinement, but the team is confident he will be inducted.


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