Retired Basketball player Kobe Bryant was honored by his former team LA Lakers who retired both of his jerseys (#8 & #24) in the rafters of the Staples Center on Monday night.
Kobe spoke with the media and discussed Monday night’s ceremony first before the main event. He said:
“It is hard to put into words,” Bryant said of the moment. “Growing up and watching all these great players play and learning so much from them, to now be a part of that wall means everything to me. Legacy is really important in the sense of what we have done is awesome, but what is more important for a legacy is how that affects the next generation. For the jerseys up there now, the impact it had on me which led us to this moment now is the true [indication of a legacy].”
Past & present players were all in attendance to pay their respects to one of the best to ever do it, including Shaq, Bill Russell, Magic Johnson, & even Allen Iverson to name just a few.
Kobe finally addressed the sold-out crowd during halftime, where he spoke about his appreciate for the fans’ support & his love for basketball & Lakers nation.
— NBA (@NBA) December 19, 2017