The Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday afternoon have announced that both of Kobe Bryant’s jerseys will be retired by the team on Dec. 18 against the Golden State Warriors.
“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,” said Bryant, according to Lakers.com. “The Lakers have bestowed a huge honor on me and I’m grateful for the fans’ enthusiasm around this game.”
Bryant is set to become the 10th player in team history to have his jersey retired joining the likes of Wilt Chamberlain (13), Elgin Baylor (22), Gail Goodrich (25), Earvin “Magic” Johnson (32), Kareem Abdul- Jabbar (33), Shaquille O’Neal (34), James Worthy (42), Jerry West (44) and Jamaal Wilkes (52).
He put together a well-decorated NBA career where he earned numerous accolades earning 18 All-Star Game selections, five NBA titles, two NBA Finals MVPs, 15 All-NBA team nods, 12 All-Defensive Team selections, and four NBA All-Star Game MVPs. Bryant also finished third all-time with 33,643 career points along with holding the Lakers’ all-time marks in points, games played (1,346), three-pointers made (1,827), steals (1,944). He also holds the franchise playoff records for games played (220), points (5,640), and three-pointers made (292).
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