All NBA eyes were on Kobe Bryant and the City of Los Angeles on Monday night as the Los Angeles Lakers raised both of Kobe’s jerseys to the rafters of Staples Center. Many of the league’s biggest names — past and present — sent congratulations to Kobe, including LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Shaquille O’Neal and Bill Russell.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) December 19, 2017
— Allen Iverson (@alleniverson) December 18, 2017
Despite the Warriors being in town to play the Lakers, Stephen Curry wasn’t traveling with the team:
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) December 19, 2017
You deserve this one and all the recognitions in the world. Thank you for bringing so much to the sport of basketball #brother!
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) December 18, 2017
Congrats @kobebryant I want to officially welcome you to the legend's club! #Ko8e24, they retired my jersey2x BUT 2 Jerseys @ 1x what an honor. @NBAHistory #MambaMentality #NBA #LakeShow #KobeWeek
— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) December 18, 2017
DeMar DeRozan was one of many to chime in on the 8 vs. 24 debate:
This is tough, but I gotta go with #8. The hunger @kobebryant had to prove that a guard out of high school could eventually become one of the best ever is something that inspired me in all aspects of life. It inspired an entire generation. #8v24 @nikebasketball https://t.co/tILLZIerij
— DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan) December 18, 2017
Paul George and LeBron were also part of a tribute from the NBA:
— NBA (@NBA) December 18, 2017