Kobe Bryant Makes History Getting Both Of His Jersey Numbers Retired

Kobe Bryant Makes History Getting Both Of His Jersey Numbers Retired

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Word broke earlier this year that the Lakers organization would be retiring not one but both of Kobe Bryant’s jersey numbers (No. 8 and No. 24). Well, today was the day where the ceremony finally took place.

The festivities began early in the day. The Lakers hosted Kobeland, a street festival outside of Staples Center where thousands of Kobe fans could buy exclusive merchandise, listen to live music, and even ride a Kobe inspired Ferris Wheel.

Later that night, the Lakers took on the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center and about 21,000 fans filled the seats all anticipating the unveiling of Kobe’s jerseys. Bryant arrived just like the super-star they are is in a helicopter, accompanied by his wife and kids.

The night began with an animated video that the legend helped create himself.

p>Former Lakers player and team president Earvin “Magic” Johnson had the honor of introducing him, calling him “the greatest who ever wore purple and gold,” and thanked him for bringing five NBA championships to Los Angeles. He also thanked him for bringing fans together for the past 20 years.

Some other celebrities that were in attendance were Kevin Hart, Kendrick Lamar, Allen Iverson, Lamar Odom and of course long-time colleague, Shaquille O’Neal.


During halftime, Mamba took the court, this time it not to play ball, but to give a speech appreciating the honor.


Finally, the epic moment took place. Thousands of fans chanted “Kobe” as the two jerseys were unveiled.

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