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Sports Update with Chitox!

Warriors will watch as Lakers retire Kobe Bryant's jerseys.

The Los Angeles Lakers have decided to honor legend Kobe Bryant by retiring the two numbers he has worn on his shirt in the long years with the team, and this in a halftime ceremony to be held on December 18 when the Lakers host the Golden State Warriors at the STAPLES Center. Meanwhile the Warriors will be sitting on the bench during halftime to witness this event.

Bryant who played All Stars on 18 occasions wore the number 8 in his first 10 years with the Lakers before replacing it with number 24 in the next 10 years up to 2016, which saw the end of his career with his first and only team.

Bryant commented on the Lakers decision to honor him "As a kid growing up in Italy (where his father Joe played from 1984 to 1991) I always dreamed of my jersey hanging in the Lakers rafters, but I certainly never imagined two of them!"  He continued "The Lakers have bestowed a huge honor on me and I'm grateful for the fans enthusiasm around this game"

During his 20 years in the Lakers from 1996 to 2016, Bryant scored 33,643 points, making him the third most in NBA history behind Kareem AbdulJabbar and Karl Malone.

Kobe Bryant will become the tenth Lakers player to retire his number from the team in honor of him after Wilt Chamberlain ( number 13) Elgin Baylor (22) and Gail Goodrich (25) Magic Johnson (32) Abdul-Jabbar (33) and Shaquille O'Neal (34) James Worthy (42) Jerry West (44) and Jamaal Wilkes (52).

Bryant was crowned during his long career with the Lakers 5-time NBA champion 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010. And after all, Bryant refused to leave the stadiums without leaving his mark. He entered history as the 37-year-old player scoring 60 points or more in one game. This was in his last match against Utah Jazz on April 13 2016, when he scored 60 points.

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Chitox :)