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Kobe Bryant: No.8 or No.24? His future success will decide

Published by on May 22, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

It is common knowledge that if the Lakers were to win a title in the next few years, Phil Jackson would have 10 NBA championship rings, moving ahead of Red Auerbach for the most all time. Kobe Bryant would finally win a title as "The Man," and the franchise would move a little closer to Boston's record 17 championships with 15 of their own.

What is less often discussed is what it could mean for the Lakers in terms of Bryant's inevitable jersey retirement. If Bryant doesn't win a championship wearing No. 24, it will be very difficult for the Lakers to retire his new number.

Even if Kobe were to wear 24 for more than half of his career, his three championships wearing No. 8 would make a compelling argument in favor of ...

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