L.A Lakers Honours Kobe Bryant By Retiring Two Of His Jerseys After A 20-Year Career
NBA team, Los Angeles Lakers, has honoured basketball legend, Kobe Bryant by retiring both his No 8 and No 24 jerseys following stellar 20-year career.
The ceremony took place at the Staples Center at halftime as the Lakers took on the Golden State Warriors on Monday night.
It was the very first time both jerseys worn by a basketballer were retired at once.
According to reports, Los Angeles opted to retire both numbers because Bryant, who retired in 2016, spent his first 10 seasons wearing No 8 and his final 10 in No 24
Before the ceremony, a Kobe’s short film, ‘Dear Basketball’, was played on the arena Jumbotron. Bryant was then introduced by fellow Lakers jersey retiree Magic Johnson.
In a speech by Magic Johnson, who is the Lakers president, he encouraged Bryant to use his platform to help unite this country.
‘The thing, Kobe, is this, brother: We need you right now. When I look into this audience, there [are] all races of people [who] come together, cheered you on for 20 years. And this country needs to come together,’ Johnson said.
‘And you were able to bring us all together – the city and Los Angeles – for 20 years. So I want to thank you for that.’
Three-time MVP attended the event with his beautiful wife, Vanessa Laine Bryant and children Natalia Diamante Bryant, Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant and Bianka Bella Bryant.
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