After all… if No. 8 and No. 24 were two players, they’d both be Hall of Famers for the Lakers.
Kobe played his entire 20-year career with the Lakers—the first 10 seasons wearing No. 8, the second 10 seasons wearing No. 24. From ESPN:
The Los Angeles Lakers will retire both of Kobe Bryant’s jerseys — No. 8 and No. 24 — before their game against the Golden State Warriors on Dec. 18, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne on Tuesday. […]
Bryant will be the 10th player to have his jersey retired by the Lakers, joining Wilt Chamberlain (13), Elgin Baylor (22), Gail Goodrich (25), Magic Johnson (32), Abdul-Jabbar (33), O’Neal (34), James Worthy (42), Jerry West (44) and Jamaal Wilkes (52).