WATCH: Lakers retire Kobe's numbers in emotional ceremony


Posted at Dec 19 2017 01:24 PM

No player will ever wear No. 8 or No. 24 for the purple and gold as the Los Angeles Lakers have formally retired both numbers in honor of Kobe Bryant.

In an emotional ceremony at halftime of the Lakers' game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center, Bryant's numbers joined those of other legends at the rafters.

He is the 10th Laker to have his number retired, joining Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Gail Goodrich, Magic Johnson, Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O'Neal, James Worthy, Jerry West and Jamaal Wilkes.

In a tearful tribute, Lakers president Jeanie Buss said it was a no-brainer for the organization to retire both No. 8 and No. 24.

"If you separated each of the accomplishments under those numbers, each of those players would qualify for the Hall of Fame," said Buss.

Bryant changed his jersey number from 8 to 24 at the start of the 2006 season.

The one-time NBA MVP and five-time champion paid tribute to those that inspired him in a speech, and gave special tribute to his family.

Bryant retired at the end of last season, having spent all 20 years of his career with the Lakers. He memorably scored 60 points in his final game, a victory over the Utah Jazz.

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