NBA players begin process of retiring Kobe Bryant’s jersey numbers

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie recently opened up about a conversation he had with the late Kobe Bryant that resulted in Kobe telling him he deserves to be an All-Star.

It’s one of hundreds of anecdotes from NBA players following Bryant’s tragic death at the young age of 41 on Sunday in Southern California.

As the NBA world continues to mourn the loss of Bryant, his daughter and seven others in the tragic helicopter accident, players are now starting to informally retire Kobe’s jersey numbers. That has started with Dinwiddie himself.

We’re going to see this a whole heck of a lot in the coming days and weeks. It was Sunday evening that Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said that Kobe’s No. 24 jersey will never again be worn by a player on his team.

There’s also a movement out there suggesting that NBA teams officially retire both Kobe’s No. 24 and No. 8 jerseys. Whether that actually happens remains to be seen.

But this is a start.