Kobe Bryant's jersey to be retired this coming National Basketball Association season

Lakers to retire Bryant’s number in December
Reports: Los Angeles Lakers to retire Kobe Bryant's jersey on Dec. 18
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14 September, 2017

According to both TMZ Sports and ESPN.com, the Lakers plan to retire Bryant's jersey in a ceremony on December 18 against the Golden State Warriors (which will air on NBA TV at 10:30 p.m. ET).

Last season was the first time in 20 years that Kobe Bryant was not on the Los Angeles Lakers roster.

The Los Angeles Lakers have announced they will retire Kobe Bryant's jersey.

After spending 20 years rocking the purple and gold, Bryant announced his retirement from the league in 2015, solidifying a one-of-a-kind run within the National Basketball Association. The Lakers are in a rebuild, as they move away from the Bryant era, one of the greatest stretches in franchise history. Time zones got nothing on Bryant.

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Kobe Bryant will have two jersey numbers hanging from the rafters of the Staples Center.

Bryant was the league's MVP in the 2007-2008 season, received All-NBA honors 15 times, including 11 first-team selections, and was chosen to play in the league's All-Star Game 18 times.

Kobe's jerseys are taking their rightful home next to the greatest Lakers of all time. The Lakers struggled late in his career while Bryant ended three consecutive seasons early with injuries, and the franchise delayed its rebuilding in favor of showcasing Bryant to his adoring worldwide fans.

Johnson is, perhaps purposefully, vague when it comes to distinguishing which Mt. Rushmore (NBA or Lakers) would include Bryant. It is apparently still undetermined if the Lakers will retire No. 8 or No. 24. "Beyond the championship banners and individual accolades, Kobe's "Mamba Mentality" is something the Lakers will always try to emulate".


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