When Kobe Bryant ended his legendary NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2016, he had quite a few wins, records and honors to his name.
As a five-time NBA champion and 18-time All-Star selection, Bryant wrapped up his career as the Lakers’ leader in points, games played, 3-pointers, steals and free throws. Bryant by the numbers is impressive, to say the least.
Come December, Bryant will be adding another record to the list: number of jerseys retired.
The Lakers recently announced that not one — but two — of Bryant’s jerseys will officially be retired when the Lakers play the Golden State Warriors on December 18, making him the first player in NBA history to have two numbers retired by the same team.
During his 20 years spent with the Lakers, Bryant proved just what it takes to be a top athlete — a story that’s captured seamlessly in Showtime’s documentary, Kobe Bryant’s Muse. The documentary showcases the grit, determination and heart that led to a celebrated career and, more recently, two retired jerseys.
Kobe Bryant’s Musetakes fans beyond the stats and goes straight to the man himself, highlighting the beginnings of his relationship with basketball and the highs and lows of his career, from wins and injuries to mentors and daily rituals.
From the retiring of two Bryant jerseys to the tale told in Kobe Bryant’s Muse,”one thing is for sure: Whether Bryant was donning the number 8 or 24, his story is anything but ordinary and his influence is here to stay.