L.A. Lakers to retire two Kobe Bryant's jersey numbers

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(CNN Philippines, September 13) — The Los Angeles Lakers will retire Kobe Bryant's jersey numbers 8 and 24 on December 18 when it hosts the defending champions Golden State Warriors, the team announced on Wednesday.

The ceremony will take place during halftime between the Lakers and Warriors.

Bryant will become the 10th player in team history to join the elite club with legends Wilt Chamberlain (13), Elgin Baylor (22), Gail Goodrich (25), Earvin "Magic" Johnson (32), KareemAbdul- Jabbar (33), Shaquille O'Neal (34), James Worthy (42), Jerry West (44), and Jamaal Wilkes (52).

The 39-year-old Bryant retired last year as the first player in league history to spend at least 20 seasons with a single franchise.

He was a vital piece to the Lakers' title runs in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, and 2010 where he was hailed as the Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) twice (2009 and 2010).

Kobe, the 2008 NBA MVP, holds the third spot in the all-time scoring list with 33,643 career points. He is behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points) and Karl Malone (36,928 points).

Bryant also earned First Team All- NBA honors 11 times and was a member of the All-Defensive First Team nine times.

To put things into perspective, Bryant scored 16,866 points, won three championships, and played in eight All-Star games when he wore the number 8 jersey.

He tallied 16,777 points, captured two titles, and participated in 10 All-Star when he donned jersey number 24.