Sports World Congratulates Kobe Bryant on Jersey Retirement

Andrew Gould@AndrewGould4Featured ColumnistDecember 18, 2017

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 24:  Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant talk during the Los Angeles Lakers unveiling of the Shaquille O'Neal statue on March 24, 2017 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that
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The Los Angeles Lakers will retire his No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys Monday night to commemorate Kobe Bryant. Before the ceremony, numerous sports stars lined up to pay their respects.

Key figures from his championship squads sent their well wishes on Twitter.ย 


Congrats @kobebryant ๐Ÿ€ much deserved ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ8๏ธโƒฃ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ2๏ธโƒฃ4๏ธโƒฃ๐Ÿ€ See you tonight my brother!โ€ฆ https://t.co/lsKFzg8p8A

Pau Gasol @paugasol

You deserve this one and all the recognitions in the world. Thank you for bringing so much to the sport of basketball #brother! Te mereces este y todos los reconocimientos del mundo. Gracias por todo lo que has aportado a este deporte #hermano! #Ko8e24 https://t.co/bM3ySD83jX

Phil Jackson @PhilJackson11

Congratulations Kobe Bryant! Hail Momba, too. Two Jerseyโ€™s retired is one way to measure your impact for the Lakers. The GOAT measure is:๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†

Former competitors and rising stars who grew up watching Bryant also posted kind words.

Mark Jackson @MarkJackson13

Congrats @kobebryant!!! Enjoy ur night bro! Well Deserved! Honored 2 have Played vs u, Coached vs u, and Call ur games! #Greatness #Mamba

Allen Iverson @alleniverson

Congrats!!! #Str8SerialKilla @kobebryant https://t.co/m2LhIAGp9W

Jayson Tatum @jaytatum0

๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ already know bro! I๏ธ got him right behind MJ. Kobe fasho my favorite player though! https://t.co/kqyOkrBJ6K

Karl-Anthony Towns @KarlTowns

Nothing but the ultimate respect for the one and only @kobebryant on his day. #Ko8e24

The tweets ranged beyond the Association. NFL players and teams also tipped their caps to the Black Mamba.

JJ Watt @JJWatt

Forever immortalized through the yelling of his name every time someone shoots a crumpled paper ball towards a garbage can. Truly Legendary. #Kobe

Eric Weddle @weddlesbeard

Well said @icecube. Got chills reading this. @Lakers doing the Mamba right by retiring both numbers. Enjoy ur night @kobebryant. U earned it..... https://t.co/IdKNuSvcfv

Los Angeles Rams @RamsNFL

Congratulations @kobebryant on an incredible career. #Ko8e24 https://t.co/BJL0n4Ohx4

Minnesota Vikings @Vikings

๐Ÿ https://t.co/L2PYQ3mSUc

The Lakers will hold a retirement ceremony at the Staples Center when they host the Golden State Warriors.



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