Lakers plan to retire Kobe Bryant's jersey this winter

Luke Walton lakers

Luke Walton lakers

Bryant will join an elite list of legends to have their jerseys retired by the Lakers franchise.

The Lakers appear set to retire Kobe Bryant's jersey on December 18, less than two years after he last donned it in a dazzling and dramatic 60-point sendoff.

Today, the Lakers organization have announced that they will retired the #8 and #24 jersey worn by 5-time NBA World Champion, Kobe Bryant.

Bryant, who retired after the 2015-16 season, played 20 seasons with the Lakers, winning five championships.?The 18-time All-Star scored 33,643 career points, now third on the all-time list behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone.

Though the ceremony hasn't yet been confirmed by the team, tickets are already through the roof for the game.

Of course, the next question after Bryant's jersey hangs in the rafters is when, not if, he'll get his statue outside Staples Center.

TMZ Sports first reported that Bryant's jersey will be retired in December.

Bryant wore No. 8 from the start of his career through the 2005-06 season, after which he switched to No. 24, which was what he originally wore in high school.

The Los Angeles Lakers will retire both of? "That will be a choice he has to make".

While retiring two numbers for one player is unprecedented, what other choice did the Lakers have?

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