Los Angeles Lakers will retire Kobe Bryant’s number 8 and number 24 Jerseys during the halftime of the matchup against Golden State Warriors.
Five-time NBA Champion Kobe Bryant will have his No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys retired by the Los Angeles Lakers during halftime of the Lakers’ matchup against the defending NBA Champions Golden State Warriors. Bryant played the final game of his 20-year career on April 13, 2016, setting an NBA record for most points in a player’s final game by scoring 60 points in a victory over the Utah Jazz at Staples Center.
In the NBA career spanning 20 years, Bryant has spent 48,637minutes court, the seventh most in NBA history, to score 33,643 career points. Only NBA’s all-time scoring record holder Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Karl Malone (36,928) have better scores than Kobe.
His journey in numbers includes 5,640 points scored in the NBA Playoffs, which is the fourth highest in NBA history behind LeBron James (6,163), Michael Jordan (5,987) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5,762).
The 81 points Kobe netted in a 122-104 victory against the Toronto Raptors on January 22, 2006, are the second-highest total in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game in 1962. His 60 Points in the 101-96 victory over the Utah Jazz on April 13, 2016 is the most points in a player’s final game in NBA history. At 37-years-old Bryant became the oldest player in league history with a 60-point game.
The ace hoopster also has to his credit, twenty-five career 50-point games, third most in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain (118) and Michael Jordan (31). His 20 seasons with the Lakers are tied with Dirk Nowitzki for the most with one team in NBA history. His 15 All-Star Game starts are the most for an NBA player ever.
Bryant has won 5 NBA championships (2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010); 4 All-Star MVP Awards (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011), tied with Bob Pettit for the most in NBA history; 2 finals MVP Awards (2009, 2010) and 1 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award (2007-08).