Latest posts by Stefan Abramian (see all)
- Fan Voice: Remembering Derek Fisher’s days with the Lakers - May 9, 2013
- Kobe Bryant: which number to retire? - January 20, 2013
- What went wrong against the Miami Heat - January 19, 2013
As most you guys know already by now, Kobe Bryant has worn two different jersey numbers during his career: one being 24 and the other being 8.
Kobe achieved many accomplishments with the number 8 jersey. For example in 1997 he won the Slam Dunk Contest. At the age of 18, he was the youngest to do so. Bryant’s future would be changed forever 1999, when the Lakers signed a coach named Phil Jackson. Phil had already coached arguably the best player to step on the court in Michael Jordan. It also helped that Kobe had a really dominate teammate named in Shaquille O’Neal.
Phil implemented his triangle offense to this squad and it helped them win 3 consecutive championships.
On January 22, 2006, something amazing happened. Kobe scored the second most highest points ever in a game behind Wilt Chamberlain‘s 100. Kobe scored an astonishing 81 points against the Toronto Raptors.
Following the season Kobe decided to switch his jersey number to 24. In high school, he wore that jersey number prior to switching to 33.
In 2007, some of you might remember that Kobe wanted to be traded. Well, thank goodness he wasn’t. In that year Kobe won his first MVP.
From 2008-2010, the Lakers went to the Finals three times and they prevailed by winning against the Orlando Magic in 2009 and the Boston Celtics in 2010.
Kobe has so many accomplishments. Now, I think when he retires, the Lakers should honor him with a statue. No question.