LA Lakers retire Bryant’s jerseys

The Los Angeles Lakers have officially retired both of Kobe Bryant’s jerseys in honour of the NBA legend.

The 39-year-old retired in April after having amassed no less than 33,643 points in his 20 years as a pro, putting him in third place on the all-time NBA points scoring list.

Bryant played in the number eight and 24 jerseys in his two decade career with the Lakers, and they now take their rightful place in the rafters.

Lakers chief executive Jeanie Buss added that Bryant, nicknamed the Black Mamba, belongs with the all-time greats.

“Kobe’s jerseys are taking their rightful home next to the greatest Lakers of all time,” said Buss.

Bryant becomes just the tenth player in NBA history to have his jersey number retired.