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Lakers reportedly ready to make it official, set to retire Kobe Bryant’s number Christian Petersen/Getty Images
PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 19: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers adjusts his jersey during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on February 19, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Lakers 102-90. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

It was only a matter of time. The Los Angeles Lakers have announced they will retire Kobe Bryant’s number on Dec. 18 when the Lakers take on the Golden State Warriors, according to TMZ Sports.

For those wondering whether the Lakers will retire the No. 8 or No. 24 for Bryant, well, it appears as if they plan on retiring both.

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Bryant played all 20 seasons with the Lakers, and he won five championships with the franchise. He scored 33,643 points in his career, which is third all-time.

Kobe wore No. 8 from 1996 through 2006, and he won three titles and had the infamous 81-point game in that jersey. He then switched to No. 24 for the remainder of his career where he won two more championships and two NBA Finals MVPs.

Bryant will join fellow Laker legends such as Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain as players whose number was retired by the franchise.

(h/t Bleacher Report)

Cole Frederick About the author:
Cole Frederick is from a small town in Alabama, and he graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in journalism. He loves all sports - especially football and basketball - and quotes The Office frequently.
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