LA Lakers to Retire Both of Kobe Bryant’s Jersey Numbers

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The Los Angeles Lakers will retire Kobe Bryant’s jerseys — both of them.

Bryant burst onto the pro basketball scene wearing number 8, and he kept that number for the first 10 years of his career, before playing 10 more years wearing number 24, but never again will a member of the Lakers wear either number.

The Lakers have announced those jerseys will be retired during a ceremony on Dec. 18, when they host the Golden State Warriors.

The Los Angeles Times reports tickets for that game are already selling for upwards of $600 on the secondary market.

In the team statement, Bryant said, “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.”

Bryant averaged 25 points per game over his 20-year career, winning five championships and earning 18 All-Star appearances.