Sport Kobe: Lakers retiring my 2 numbers 'a huge honor'

12:56  13 september  2017
12:56  13 september  2017 Source:   theScore

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"The Lakers have bestowed a huge honor on me and I'm grateful for the fans' enthusiasm around this game." The Black Mamba becomes the 10th Lakers player to have his number (s) retired , joining Wilt Chamberlain (13), Elgin Baylor (22), Gail Goodrich (25), Magic Johnson (32), Kareem

"The Lakers have bestowed a huge honor on me and I'm grateful for the fans' enthusiasm around this game." The Black Mamba becomes the 10th Lakers player to have his number (s) retired , joining Wilt Chamberlain (13), Elgin Baylor (22), Gail Goodrich (25), Magic Johnson (32), Kareem

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — One retired jersey number just isn't enough for Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers . "The Lakers have bestowed a huge honor on me, and I'm grateful for the fans' enthusiasm around this game."

LOS ANGELES — One retired jersey number just isn’t enough for Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers . “The Lakers have bestowed a huge honor on me, and I’m grateful for the fans’ enthusiasm around this game.”

For the first time in NBA history, a franchise will be raising two different numbers to the rafters for one player, with Kobe Bryanthaving his Nos. 8 and 24 immortalized by the Los Angeles Lakers.

"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 in an official statement. "The Lakers have bestowed a huge honor on me and I'm grateful for the fans' enthusiasm around this game."

The Black Mamba becomes the 10th Lakers player to have his number(s) retired, joining Wilt Chamberlain (13), Elgin Baylor (22), Gail Goodrich (25), Magic Johnson (32), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (33), Shaquille O'Neal (34), James Worthy (42), Jerry West (44), and Jamaal Wilkes (52).

"This honor is very well deserved," Lakers president of basketball operations Johnson said. "Kobe was one of the greatest Lakers and NBA players of all time and he's definitely on my Mount Rushmore. I look forward to seeing both of his jerseys be retired and celebrating this special day with Kobe and his family."

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LOS ANGELES (AP) One retired jersey number just isn't enough for Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers . ''The Lakers have bestowed a huge honor on me, and I'm grateful for the fans' enthusiasm around this game.''

LOS ANGELES — One retired jersey number just isn't enough for Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers . "The Lakers have bestowed a huge honor on me, and I'm grateful for the fans' enthusiasm around this game."

Bryant donned No. 8 until 2006 when he made the switch to No. 24, which was his original number competing at Lower Merion High School. He then wore No. 33 prior to entering the league, but since No. 33 had already been retired, and No. 24 was taken by a teammate, Bryant decided to wear No. 8.

During his legendary 20-year stint in purple and gold, Bryant won five championships with a pair of Finals MVPs, was an 18-time All-Star, and earned a spot on 11 All-NBA First Teams. He's also the Lakers' all-time leading scorer with 33,643 points, which is the third-highest point total of any player ever.

Bryant's numbers will be officially retired in a ceremony at halftime on Dec. 18 when the Lakers host the visiting Golden State Warriors.

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We recently learned that adidas has overtaken Jordan as the second-most popular sports footwear brand in the United States. According to a report from Versus Reviews, Jordan has also fallen in another key measure of understanding shoe popularity. Their research indicates more NBA players are wearing Kobe Bryant sneakers than Michael Jordan. In fact, 58 players in the league are wearing Kobe's while 50 rock shoes from Jordan. This is a major change of pace for the industry.

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