8 or 24? It’s a question that Laker fans have asked themselves for years.
Now, with Kobe Bryant set to retire at the end of this season, fans will soon discover which number the Los Angeles Lakers will send up to the rafters to honor the five-time NBA champion.
Or will they retire both?
That’s an option, according to Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak.
“I don’t know the answer,” Kuphak said at a season ticket holder’s event on Sunday, according to Eric Pincus from the L.A. Times. “Obviously it’s going to be 8, 24 or it could be both,”
When he calls it quits at the end of the year, Bryant will have played 10 seasons while wearing number 8 and 10 seasons while donning 24.
In 2013, ESPN’s Dave McMenamin said he had “spoken to a couple people in [the] organization who think” Bryant should have both of his numbers retired, though the final choice will likely be up to the man himself.