The Lakers retire Black Mamba jerseys


The Los Angeles Lakers will retire Kobe Bryant's jersey numbers 8 and 24 in a halftime ceremony Monday when the Lakers host the Golden State Warriors.

"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," said Bryant. "The Lakers have bestowed a huge honor on me and I'm grateful for the fans' enthusiasm around this game."

Bryant will become the 10th player in Los Angeles Lakers' history to earn this distinction, joining Wilt Chamberlain (13), Elgin Baylor (22), Gail Goodrich (25), Earvin "Magic" Johnson (32), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (33), Shaquille O'Neal (34), James Worthy (42), Jerry West (44) and Jamaal Wilkes (52).

The Warriors and Lakers play at 8:30 p.m. MT Monday on NBA TV. The jersey retirement will be held at halftime. You can watch NBA TV with cable television but also some streaming services like Sling TV. Check the Lakers’ and NBA’s Twitter feeds for possible live streams of the ceremony.

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