Not every NBA athlete gets to receive the honor of having their jersey retired. Even fewer get to have two retired.
For Kobe Bryant, his legacy exceeded anything the world had seen. Wearing number 8, he formed the second piece of a dominating dynasty, while also building the foundations of his iconic career. With 24, he expanded on his already developed game, while proving his game as limitless.
Before tonight's ceremony, where the Lakers will retire both numbers, The Mamba took some time to reflect with
Kobe Bryant on Lakers retiring both Nos. 8 and 24 tonight at Staples Center: "I feel truly blessed. What happens is you get caught up in the grind … you just go, go, go, go go … you look back, and you're like, 'Whoa, what?'" pic.twitter.com/z9NWdFb1op
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 18, 2017
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