NBA stars and legends react to Kobe's jersey retirement
NBA.com Global on Dec 19, 2017 07:09 PM
Former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant arrives for a halftime ceremony, retiring both of his jersey's during an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors, in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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Five championships. 33,570 points. Eighteen All-Star selections. Four All-Star MVPs. Two Finals MVPs. The 2007-08 regular season MVP.
Together, those stats and accomplishments only begin to tell the legacy Kobe Bryant left both in the NBA and the basketball world at large.
On the night the Lakers retired both of his jersey numbers, Bryant received an outpouring of reaction on social media.
Congratulations Kobe Bryant! Hail Momba, too. Two Jersey’s retired is one way to measure your impact for the Lakers. The GOAT measure is:🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆— Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) December 18, 2017
You deserve this one and all the recognitions in the world. Thank you for bringing so much to the sport of basketball #brother!— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) December 18, 2017
Te mereces este y todos los reconocimientos del mundo. Gracias por todo lo que has aportado a este deporte #hermano! #Ko8e24 pic.twitter.com/bM3ySD83jX
https://t.co/wThAX67mvX— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) December 18, 2017
Congrats @kobebryant I want to officially welcome you to the legend's club! #Ko8e24, they retired my jersey2x BUT 2 Jerseys @ 1x what an honor. @NBAHistory #MambaMentality #NBA #LakeShow #KobeWeek
From 8 to 24, and beyond, it’s been a hell of a ride, @kobebryant! Congratulations my friend! Quite an honor to see both your numbers hang at @StaplesCenter, and it’s one you most certainly deserve! pic.twitter.com/cKzoaxyUkM— Derek Fisher (@derekfisher) December 18, 2017