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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Lakers to retire Kobe Bryant’s jersey(s) in December

You knew it was only a matter of time before the Los Angeles Lakers held a ceremony honoring the Hall of Fame career of Kobe Bryant, and it would appear an official date has been set.

The Lakers sent a letter to season ticket holders this summer encouraging them to “hold on to your tickets for the game on Dec. 18” because the team will be holding a “special event” that night. According to TMZ, the Lakers plan to retire Bryant’s jersey — or is it jerseys? — before they face the Golden State Warriors.

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 then switched to No. 24 — his first high school number — prior to the 2006-2007 season. The Lakers went on to win two more championships over the latter nine years of Bryant’s career, so how could they possible choose between the two jerseys? They probably won’t.

If you remember, Bryant had a great response a while back when asked which of his jersey numbers the Lakers are going to retire.

Seats to the Lakers-Warriors game on Dec. 18 could end up being the most expensive regular season tickets of the 2017-2018 NBA season. A ceremony honoring Bryant and Lonzo Ball taking on Stephen Curry? You can’t ask for much more than that.

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