Clippers' Moe Harkless to Wear No. 11 Instead of No. 8 to Honor Kobe Bryant

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJanuary 29, 2020

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 24: Maurice Harkless #8 of the LA Clippers handles the ball during the game against the Miami Heat on January 24, 2020 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Clippers forward Moe Harkless will no longer wear No. 8 in honor of Kobe Bryant.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, Harkless will change his number to 11 instead of the number Bryant wore for the first 10 years of his career with the Los Angeles Lakers before he switched to No. 24.

Charania previously reported a number of players around the league had "begun informally retiring Kobe Bryant's jersey number(s) as a tribute," including Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie's decision to go from No. 8 to No. 26. 

The Orlando Magic also announced Terrence Ross will go back to wearing No. 31 after switching to No. 8 before this season. 

Harkless previously wore No. 21 during the first three seasons of his career on the Orlando Magic and No. 4 the next four seasons on the Portland Trail Blazers.

This was his first year playing in Los Angeles and the Staples Center—where Bryant largely built his legendary career—and he donned No. 8 with the Clippers.

Harkless posted the following message on Instagram as a way of honoring Bryant: "Still at a loss for words ... thank you for inspiring a young kid across the country in Jamaica Queens to want to make something of himself , real life superhero. RIP Mamba."

Bryant and his daughter Gianna were among the nine people who died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday.

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