According to the report, the Lakers have yet to confirm the pre-game ceremony, but the organization had previously sent a letter to season-ticket holders stating the December 18 matchup against Golden State would feature a "special event".
By the numbers, both the No. 8 and No. 24 iterations of Kobe Bryant could've likely made the Hall of Fame on their own merits, so while it might seem a bit over-the-top to retire both numbers, it's not a preposterous as you first might think. Kobe spent 20 years playing for the Lakers and helped the team win five championship rings during his time in Los Angeles.
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It appears Bryant will be the first National Basketball Association player to have two numbers retired in his name. The others belonged to Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Gail Goodrich, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O'Neal, James Worthy, Jerry West and Jamaal Wilkes.
Bryant wore the No. 8 jersey from his rookie year in 1996-97 through 2005-06. In this jersey, Bryant went on to lead the team to back-to-back NBA Finals victories in 2009 and 2010, racking up Finals MVP awards both times. He boasts career averages of 25 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game.