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Lakers plan to retire both numbers, 8 and 24, that Kobe Bryant wore during his career

Lakers plan to retire both numbers, 8 and 24, that Kobe Bryant wore during his career

Two seasons removed from his celebrated retirement, Kobe Bryant will have his jersey retired by the Lakers this fall.

The Lakers said Tuesday they would retire both of the numbers Bryant wore as a Laker. He wore No. 8 when his career began, then switched to No. 24 at the start of the 2006-07 season. He wore No. 24 for the remaining 10 years of his career.

“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 news release from the team. “The Lakers have bestowed a huge honor on me and I'm grateful for the fans' enthusiasm around this game.”

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