L.A Lakers retire no. 8 and 24 - these numbers shall never be worn by another Lakers player- ever! At halftime of Monday's game against Golden State, Bryant stood at center court and watched as his jersey numbers were revealed in the Staples Center rafters, retired for the rest of franchise history.
Behind Bryant stood a horde of NBA legends and former teammates — from Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Derek Fisher and Shaquille O’Neal to Allen Iverson and Bill Russell.
Before the ceremony began, the arena videoboard showed Bryant’s short film, “Dear Basketball” — an ode to the sport he loves that he wrote when he announced his retirement in November 2015.
After that, Bryant’s close friend and President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson addressed the sold-out crowd that chanted “Ko-be! Ko-be!”
“We’re here to celebrate the greatest who’s ever worn the purple and gold,” Johnson said. “For 20 years, he thrilled us; he made us scratch our heads (and say), ‘What did we just see? What did we just witness?’ And he gave us five NBA championships.”