In case you’ve been without internet over the past couple of days, the Los Angeles Lakers retired Kobe Bryant’s legendary jerseys up into the Staples Center rafters this past Monday night at halftime in the game between the Lakers and Golden State Warriors.
The Lakers retired both number 8 and number 24 for his contributions for the franchise while wearing both jerseys.
Bryant wore No. 8 between 1997 and 2006, winning 3 championships in that span alongside Shaquille O’Neal as well as being named an All-Star eight times and leading the league in scoring once with an outstanding 35.4 points a game in 2005-06. After swapping to 24, Kobe didn’t slow down at all, being named to the All-Star game every year for the rest of his career, winning 2 titles in 2009 and 2010, and leading the league in scoring once again in 2006-07.
Kobe has become somewhat infamous for being a high-volume, slightly inefficient scorer, as the shooting guard is the career leader in missed field goals across the entirety of NBA history, and it shows in the following ironic stat line.
8 of 24 from the field is hardly a great shooting percentage, only amounting to making a third of your shots in any given game, so the fact that Kobe is the leader in such games, especially when you consider both No. 8 and No. 24 are both retired by the Lakers, is a hilarious coincidence.