Los Angeles Lakers: Kobe Bryant and legends with retired number, Pau Gasol will join


After confirming the franchise plan for the Spaniard, we reviewed the select group of figures who have their jersey hanging from the ceiling of the Staples Center.

Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant


© Getty ImagesPau Gasol and Kobe Bryant

One of the most important traditions in the sport is that its legends who made history, the number they used on their jerseys is removed so that no one is ever used again, in the National Basketball Association (NBA) is no exception, and more so in a team like Los angeles lakers.

Although the franchise is 74 years old, 61 of them in California, and hundreds of players have passed through it, only a select group became immortal, their shirts being hung on the ceiling of their stadium, either at the Inglewood Forum, or now at the Staples Center.

Following the withdrawal of Spanish Pau Gasol and the Lakers’ plan to retire the number 16 that he used during his tenure with the team, between 2008 and 2014, in Bolavip We review who are the NBA legends who have their jersey immortalized, even one of them, twice.

Legends with their retired number at Los Angeles Lakers

The first to be decorated were in 1983, when Wilt Chamberlain y Elgin Baylor they saw hanging the respective numbers that they used in their time in the team, 13 and 22; that year, he also received tribute Jerry west with the 44; a long time later, in 1990, it was the turn of the highest scorer in the history of the league, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and the 33.

The next to go down in history were Magic Johnson, withdrawing the 32 in 1992; James Worthy, with the 43 in 1995; Gail Goodrich, with the 25 in 1996. Already in the 21st century, they appeared Jamaal Wilkes, with the 52 in 2012 and Shaquille O’Neal, with the 34 in 2013; and then go to the exception, Kobe Bryant, which in 2017 saw its numbers immortalized 8 and 24.

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