Los Angeles Lakers to retire Kobe Bryant's number(s)

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Reports: Los Angeles Lakers to retire Kobe Bryant's jersey on Dec. 18

The Los Angeles Lakers will retire Kobe Bryant's jersey numbers 8 and 24 on December 18 when it hosts the defending champions Golden State Warriors, the team announced on Wednesday.

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

Want to send us anything? Bryant also took the third most shots all time, 26,200, again behind Abdul-Jabbar (28,307) and Malone (26,210).

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Kobe Bryant averaged 25.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.4 steals, and 0.5 blocks throughout his career. He was also named as the Most Valuable Player during the 2007-2008 National Basketball Association season. "The Lakers have bestowed a huge honor on me and I'm grateful for the fans' enthusiasm around this game".

The 18-time All-Star and 11-time All-NBA first Team led the Lakers to five NBA championships and scored 33,643 points in his NBA career, now third on the all-time list.

Kobe Bryant's jersey number is being retired. The big question ... which number will go up in Staples Center - #8 or #24 ... or both?

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Bryant is eligible to enter the Hall of Fame in 2021, but the Lakers decided not to wait for that formality to enshrine Kobe in their own exclusive club.

If he can once again have a solid season for the revamped Lakers roster, he will be able to set himself up for a possible contract extension as soon as next year. Rob Pelinka, Bryant's longtime agent, became the Lakers' general manager in February when Buss put Johnson in charge of the front office.

Johnson is, perhaps purposefully, vague when it comes to distinguishing which Mt. Rushmore (NBA or Lakers) would include Bryant.

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It was always a given, but now it's been confirmed by the L.A. Lakers.

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