Kobe Bryant Honored by Lakers, Has No. 8 and No. 24 Jerseys At Half-time Ceremony
It's official! Kobe Bryant's legendary jerseys are now retired. Traditionally, the Lakers only retire one jersey but because Kobe has done great things with both numbers, you can catch No. 8 and No. 24 flying high at the Staples Center in L.A. He is the first player in history to ever have two Jerseys retired. The retirement ceremony went down during halftime at the Golden State Warriors versus the Lakers game yesterday. See below.
Last night, Kobe mentioned, before playing games he used to look up at all the jerseys flying above him for motivation.
"One of the first things I did when I walked into the [Great Western] Forum, when the lights were down, it was dimly lit, I looked up and looked at all the jerseys up there because I'd seen them many times on the videotapes before. Before every game, I made it a point to kind of glance up there and remind me of what I'm playing for."
At the very end of the ceremony, Bryant thanked his fans and family for their love and support and reminded them the importance of hard work and concluded his speech with his famous catchphrase: "MAMBA OUT!"
Congrats to Kobe Bryant!!!