Los Angeles Lakers honored Kobe Bryant by formally having both of his numbers 8 and 24 retire.
Bryant is now the 10th Laker to have his number retire after Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Gail Goodrich, Magic Johnson, Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, James Worthy, Jerry West and Jamaal Wilkes.
Emotions poured out at a ceremony held during the halftime of the Lakers’ game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center. Here, Bryant’s numbers joined those of other legends at the rafters.
“If you separated each of the accomplishments under those numbers, each of those players would qualify for the Hall of Fame,” Lakers president Jeanie Buss said in a tearful tribute; explaining of Kobe’s accomplishments for the team.
Bryant, a one-time NBA MVP and five-time champion also paid tribute to those that gave him the inspiration in a speech; he also gave special tribute to his family.
Bryant changed his jersey number from 8 to 24 at the start of the 2006 season. No player will ever wear No. 8 or No. 24 for the purple and gold again.
After having spent 20 years of his career with the Lakers, he retired at the end of last season. His unforgettable moments in his final game include making 60 points; a victory over the Utah Jazz.
Watch: Full Kobi Bryant’s retirement speech