Lakers will reportedly retire Kobe Bryant's jersey, but which one?


It's unclear what the "special event" will entail, but TMZ Sports is reporting that several sources have told them it will be the night the Lakers will retire Kobe's jersey.

Bryant's jersey retirement ceremony will take place at the Staples Center on December 18, ahead of the Lakers game against the Golden State Warriors.

If the franchise does retire both No. 8 and No. 24, it would be unprecedented to see two different acknowledgments to the same player in the rafters.

Other Lakers legends to have their jerseys retired include Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, Gail Goodrich, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O'Neal, Jerry West, Jamaal Wilkes and James Worthy. Donning the #24, Kobe added two more championship rings, as well as nine more All-Star appearances and one National Basketball Association regular season MVP award. Bryant wore No. 8 for the first half of his career, and he helped the Lakers win three championships in a row from 2000-2002 while wearing that number.

He made it to the All-NBA First Team 11 times and twice to the All-NBA Second Team and All-NBA Third Team.

Bryant was selected 13th overall in the 1996 draft by the Charlotte Hornets, and then traded to Los Angeles in a draft day deal. In his final year with the Lakers, Bryant started 66 games, averaging 17.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game.