Kobe Bryant may eventually have the two jersey numbers he wore during his career — 8 and 24 — retired by the NBA, and teams and players have already begun taking steps to make that happen.
On Tuesday, Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie announced that he is changing jersey numbers from No. 8 to No. 26. He won’t be the only player currently wearing No. 8 or No. 24 to change numbers, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Everything in life evolves. #26
— Spencer Dinwiddie (@SDinwiddie_25) January 28, 2020
Sources: Multiple NBA players have begun informally retiring Kobe Bryant’s jersey number(s) as a tribute — with Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie among them, changing from No. 8 to No. 26.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 28, 2020
Players typically are not allowed to change jersey numbers in the middle of a season, but Marc Stein of The New York Times reports that Dinwiddie has been granted permission from the NBA to do so. Other players will obviously be free to do the same.
The NBA typically makes players wait for a new season to start to allow players to change a jersey number but Dinwiddie has been granted permission to make the switch to No. 26, according to a source familiar with the decision
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) January 28, 2020
One team that Kobe never played for announced on Sunday that they are retiring the No. 24. At this rate, it seems like only a matter of time before No. 8 and No. 24 are permanently retired by all teams. Quite frankly, they should be.
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