Mamba’s Moment: Kobe Bryant’s Jersey Retirement Ceremony Was Made Of NBA Legend was originally published on www.hellobeautiful.com

1. Kobe Bryant Jersey Retirement Ceremony

Kobe Bryant Jersey Retirement Ceremony

On December 18, the Los Angeles Lakers honored Kobe Bryant by retiring both of his jerseys, #8 and #24. The ceremony took place during halftime as the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors faced off. Bryant was celebrated by his family, fans and former teammates–cementing his legacy as NBA royalty. He is the first NBA player to have two jerseys retired.

2. Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bryant and his family sit courtside ahead of the ceremony.

3. Kobe Bryant Jersey Retirement Ceremony

Kobe Bryant Jersey Retirement Ceremony

Kobe Bryant walks onto the floor of the Staples Center.

4. Kobe Bryant Jersey Retirement Ceremony

Kobe Bryant Jersey Retirement Ceremony

Bryant makes a short speech at the ceremony.

5. Kobe Bryant Jersey Retirement Ceremony

Kobe Bryant Jersey Retirement Ceremony

Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant hug after Bryant’s speech.

6. Kobe Bryant Jersey Retirement Ceremony

Kobe Bryant Jersey Retirement Ceremony

Allen Iverson looks on from the crowd during Bryant’s speech.

7. Kobe Bryant Jersey Retirement Ceremony

Kobe Bryant Jersey Retirement Ceremony

Bill Russel attends Kobe Bryant’s jersey retirement ceremony during halftime.

8. Kobe Bryant Jersey Retirement Ceremony

Kobe Bryant Jersey Retirement Ceremony

Kobe’s #8 and #24 jerseys will hang in the Staples Center along with past honorees.

9. Celebrities At The Los Angeles Lakers Game

Celebrities At The Los Angeles Lakers Game

Gary Vitti, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Lamar Odom attend Kobe Bryant’s jersey retirement ceremony.

10. Kobe Bryant Jersey Retirement Ceremony

Kobe Bryant Jersey Retirement Ceremony

A.C. Green, Jerry West and Rick Fox watch as Kobe Bryant addresses the crowd.

11. Kobe Bryant Jersey Retirement Ceremony

Kobe Bryant Jersey Retirement Ceremony

“Mamba out.”

12. Kobe Bryant Jersey Retirement Ceremony

Kobe Bryant Jersey Retirement Ceremony

Kobe greets his wife Vanessa and daughters Gianna and Natalia.

13. Kobe Bryant Jersey Retirement Ceremony

Kobe Bryant Jersey Retirement Ceremony

The Bryant Family from L to R: Natalia Bryant, Vanessa Bryant, Kobe Bryant, Bianca Bryant and Gianna Bryant.

14. Kobe Bryant Jersey Retirement Ceremony

Kobe Bryant Jersey Retirement Ceremony

Kobe Bryant and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shshare a moment at halftime after the ceremony.

15. Kobe Bryant Jersey Retirement Ceremony

Kobe Bryant Jersey Retirement Ceremony

Derek Fisher and Kobe Bryant share a laugh after Kobe’s speech.

16. Kobe Bryant Jersey Retirement Ceremony

Kobe Bryant Jersey Retirement Ceremony

Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal shake hands in the center of the court.

17. Kobe Bryant Jersey Retirement Ceremony

Kobe Bryant Jersey Retirement Ceremony

Kobe Bryant speaks at a press conference after the ceremony.

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