NBA Players Have Begun ‘Informally Retiring’ Kobe Bryant’s Jersey Numbers

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NBA players have started changing their jersey numbers to honor Kobe Bryant.

Bryant wore eight and 24 during his days with the Los Angeles Lakers. Following his death this past Sunday in a helicopter crash, players around the league with those numbers have begun switching them, according to Shams Charania. (RELATED: NBA Legend Kobe Bryant Dies In Helicopter Crash)

Don’t be surprised if the league ends up retiring eight and 24. Will it happen for sure? I don’t know, but I think there’s a very real chance it does.

Kobe moved the needle in a way that we really haven’t seen before. His death has sent shockwaves through the world of sports that I’m not sure we’ve ever seen in our lifetimes.

Short of LeBron James dying tomorrow, I’m not sure anything would be more shocking.


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If more and more athletes continue this trend in the NBA, then I think there’s a very real chance the league retires the jerseys numbers for good.

There’s no question the NBA will do something big to honor Kobe. That’s just a fact, and permanently retiring his jersey numbers could get the job done.

Keep checking back for more developments on the reaction to Kobe’s death when we have them.