"Obviously it's going to be 8, 24 or it could be both," Lakers
General Manager Mitch Kupchak said. "I don't know the answer."
Bryant wore number eight from the time he broke into the team in the
1996-97 campaign, won three championships and delivered an
unforgettable 81-point performances while wearing it.
He changed to number 24 prior to the 2006-07 season, won two more
championships and is wearing it in his 20th, and final, season in
the NBA which has been on something of an extended farewell tour.
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"This is a year that's dedicated to Kobe and his farewell," Kupchak
said. And next year the Lakers will lift one of Bryant's numbers
into the arena rafters. Or, two of them.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Greg
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