Monday night during during halftime of the Los Angeles Lakers vs Golden State Warriors game the Lakers organization held a ceremony retiring both of Kobe Bryant’s jerseys’ – #8 and #24.
Kobe Bryant spoke to ESPN about his big night,
“As a kid growing up in Italy, I always dreamed of my jersey hanging in the Lakers’ rafters, but I certainly never imagined two of them.”
Steve Kerr and the Warriors skipped their regular halftime routine to stay out and watch the ceremony. Kerr talked about the decision with The Mercury News
“I’m not going to keep them in the locker room to watch tape of the first half. The players would look at me like I was nuts. There’s something interesting going on the floor, let’s go out there.”
Kobe Bryant had an extremely successful twenty year career. He was a five-time NBA Champion, two-time Finals MVP, eighteen-time All-Star, four-time All-Star MVP, and 2008 league MVP — just to name a few.
Kobe will become the 10th player in Los Angeles Lakers’ history to have his jersey retired. He joins the company of Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Gail Goodrich, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, James Worthy, Jerry West, and Jamaal Wilkes.