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Kobe Bryant has great line about inevitable Lakers jersey retirement


The Los Angeles City Council previously declared Aug. 24 “Kobe Bryant Day,” and on Wednesday, the city and the beloved NBA icon celebrated the tribute.

In a way, Wednesday’s festivities provided a perfect way to bookend a yearlong celebration of the Los Angeles Lakers superstar’s phenomenal NBA career. Now arrives the time to put his legacy in its proper perspective, which of course will include induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame, not to mention having his number retired by the only NBA organization Bryant ever knew.

But this inevitable tribute from the Lakers presents something of a conundrum, as Bryant of course wore two numbers during his career: No. 8 early on before changing over to No. 24.

Bryant was asked which number the Lakers should hoist up into Staples Center rafters and join the likes of legends Wilt Chamberlain (No. 13), Elgin Baylor (No. 22), Gail Goodrich (No. 25), Magic Johnson (No. 32), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (No. 33), Shaquille O’Neal (No. 34), James Worthy (No. 42), Jerry West (No. 44) and Jamaal Wilkes (No. 52).

Not surprisingly, Bryant’s response was patented Kobe.

Let’s be honest, should any other response been expected from someone who oozes confidence and swagger like Bryant?

Perhaps the Lakers will decide to retire both numbers. After all, Bryant won three NBA titles while wearing No. 8 and two more championships sporting the No. 24. Both numbers merit retirement.

But should the Lakers decide to retire only of them? Bryant’s right: It would be foolish for any Lakers player to have the audacity to wear the other one.

[CBS Sports]