Kobe Bryant Could Emulate Michael Jordan With Reported Jersey Retirement

Published 09/22/2021, 1:01 AM EDT
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 05: Kobe Bryant attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 5, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)


One way that an organization pays respect to a player is by retiring their jersey. It is the ultimate sign of respect for any player to have their numbers up in the rafters. However, it is more rare to have another organization retire a jersey number in honor of a player. One team may do that for Kobe Bryant.

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Bryant spent all his 20 seasons with the Lakers in the NBA. In his journey, he wore the numbers 8 and 24. Likewise, he is the only player to have two jerseys retired by an organization. While he had a great impact on the city of LA, he is a Philly native.

He attended Lower Merion High School located in Philadelphia before declaring for the NBA draft. Now, the city may be looking to pay him back.

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Philadelphia to retire jersey for Kobe Bryant?

There are no confirmed reports yet. But, the 76ers’ are giving serious consideration to retire a jersey for the late Kobe. They plan on retiring his high school number 33, which Bryant wore with Lower Merion. Scott O’Neil believes that it would be an interesting idea if Philly do go through with it.

He believes that all the major people at Philadelphia will make a decision on this, even President Chris Heck. However, everyone will hope that they go through with it for the ‘Mamba’.

While he didn’t give the city happy memories, he had some great battles with them. Notably, the 2001 NBA finals between Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia. Apart from that, Bryant did more than enough in his career to receive such an honor from his home city.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA JANUARY 29, 2013-Lakers Kobe Bryant bites his jersey while Pau Gasol shoots a free throw at the Staples Center Tuesday. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Looking at this, has there been another player who received such an honor from another organization?

Michael Jordan and Miami

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In 2003, Miami Heat surprised the entire NBA world when they announced that none of their players will wear the number 23. This was done to honor the legend of Michael Jordan and his achievements in the game of basketball.

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 26: Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan watches as Roger Federer of Switzerland plays against Marinko Matosevic of Australia at their men’s singles first round tennis match on second day of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Bilgin Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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Even with the arrival of LeBron James, they did not change that. In fact, James decided to change his number to six to honor MJ when he joined the Heat in 2010. This is the only time such has happened. So, Bryant could be the second player to receive such a great honor.

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Do you want Philadelphia to give Kobe Bryant this honor for his contributions to the game? Let us know your views in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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