The Kobe Bryant era in Los Angeles has come to a close, but the coffin is about to be shut now. The Lakers organization has decided they will retire both of the Black Mamba’s numbers (No. 8 and No. 24) on December 18, before they play the Golden State Warriors.
As we all know, Bryant played 20 seasons with the team and won five championships in total, cementing his name as one of the all-time Laker greats.
Now his jersey will hang in the rafters with the likes of NBA legends Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, James Worthy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Shaquille O’Neal and more. Kobe will be the 10th to have his jersey and number retired.
Interestingly, the organization usually waits until their players reach the Basketball Hall of Fame, but they’re bypassing this technicality for Kobe and are confident he will be a shoe-in for the honors in due time.
One time for the Black Mamba, though.