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Still too tough to call?
Well, according to a report by TMZ, the Lakers front office has also been struggling with the decision.
"We have had a couple very casual and preliminary conversations internally about this over the past few years," a team spokesman told the outlet. "But now that Kobe has officially announced a retirement date, I anticipate we will discuss this more formally in the coming weeks and months."
In the video above, the "TMZ Sports" staff brings up a couple of interesting points:
1) Bryant will likely also get a statue in front of Staples Center, making the number selection all the more critical.
2) Perhaps Bryant’s move to No. 24 prior to the 2006-07 season was actually a calculated move by perhaps the game’s most calculating player; a bet on himself that, should he play in No. 24 at the level he set in No. 8, perhaps Kobe could get TWO numbers hung in the rafters, one-upping pretty much everyone.
As you can see in the "TMZ Sports" video, former teammate Rick Fox, who won three titles with Bryant and O’Neal in the early 2000s, certainly agrees.
As for Kobe, he reportedly told the Los Angeles Times he does not have a preference as to which number gets hung up.
Let’s just hope he doesn’t make another switch on his way out the door.
(H/t: Larry Brown Sports)