Lakers Will Have No. 8 and No. 24 on the Court for Kobe’s Last Game (Pic)
It’s not particularly unusual for athletes to switch numbers during the course of their career. But these switches usually involve switching teams, and even then superstars usually keep their numbers.
That’s what makes the case of Kobe Bryant so unusual. He played 10 years with no. 8 on his back, winning three championships. Then, even though he had already cemented himself as a future Hall of Famer, and even though he didn’t leave the Lakers, Kobe switched to no. 24 for the last 10 years, winning two more championships and an MVP.
The tough question for the Lakers thus becomes, which number do you retire? Do you retire no. 8, Kobe’s original number, and the one he wore for the threepeat? Or do you retire no. 24, the number he wore when he had his best seasons?
One solution, unprecedented though it may be, would be to retire both numbers. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak has ever gone so far as to say the team is thinking about it.
Whatever they decide, the team will definitely be honoring both numbers at Kobe’s final game on Wednesday night. The Staples Center court will feature a giant no. 8 and a giant no. 24.
Take a look:
Wednesday night 20 seasons come to a close. Catch 8 and 24 on the floor. pic.twitter.com/gg2NlHifL9
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 13, 2016
What do you think? Which of Kobe’s numbers should the Lakers retire?