Lakers Retiring Kobe Bryant's Jersey Dec. 18

Lynette Rowe
September 12, 2017

According to both TMZ Sports and ESPN.com, the Lakers plan to retire Bryant's jersey in a ceremony on December 18 against the Golden State Warriors (which will air on NBA TV at 10:30 p.m. ET).

That night, the Lakers host the world champions Golden State Warriors at Staples Center, and rumors of Bryant's special ceremony have already shot up ticket prices into a new stratosphere.

Tickets for the game are now selling for at least $795 on StubHub.

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It's a bit odd that Bryant's jersey retirement would be before a Warriors game, as that would be an easy game to sellout (and sell pricy tickets to) with or without Bryant's ceremony. Likewise, if no. 8 gets lifted into the rafters, only the bravest of souls would dare ask for no. 24 in purple and gold.

The last time Bryant was on the Staples Center hard court, he lit up the Utah Jazz for 60 points in one of the most memorable farewell games in the history of North American professional sports. Kobe wore #8 from his rookie season in 1996-97 up until 2005-06 before he switched to #24 for the rest of his career. Bryant wore both the No. 8 and No. 24 for L.A. during his career and was equally as impressive in both jerseys. Judging by the way this jersey retirement is being fast tracked, plans for the statue are likely already underway.

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