The LA Lakers Are Planning To Retired Kobe Bryant's No. 8 & No

Kobe aka ‘#MonsterMamba’ was in the gym at 4 a.m. after Lakers announced jersey retirement

On Tuesday (Wednesday NZT), the team confirmed to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne that it will retire both numbers worn by Kobe Bryant in a ceremony ahead of a game against the Golden State Warriors on December 18. After spending the early years of his career wearing No. 8 and winning three titles with the Lakers, Bryant switched to No. 24 for the latter half of his playing days and continued his league dominance for years. Bryant, an 18-time All-Star who won five National Basketball Association titles with the Lakers before retiring after the 2015-16 season, wore both number 8 and number 24 during his 20 seasons with the team.

The question of which of Bryant's jersey number will be retired has been the subject of much speculation since before he even stopped playing.

Bryant also earned First Team All- NBA honors 11 times and was a member of the All-Defensive First Team nine times. He retired in 2016 with a bravura 60-point performance in his farewell game against Utah. It is apparently still undetermined if the Lakers will retire No. 8 or No. 24.

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Kobe Bryant's storied career will forever be immortalized at the Staples Center this Christmas.

"As a kid growing up in Italy, I always dreamed of my jersey hanging in the Lakers rafters, but I certainly never imagined two of them", Bryant said in a statement.

It means a Hall of Fame case could be made for Bryant in either jersey.

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Bryant spent all of his 20-year career with the Lakers.

Johnson is, perhaps purposefully, vague when it comes to distinguishing which Mt. Rushmore (NBA or Lakers) would include Bryant.

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