Should Kobe Bryant's 24 be retired across the NBA? | The Tylt
The NBA community is still processing the monumental loss of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter and others due to a tragic helicopter accident that took their lives. The grieving process will be long, but the NBA is moving forward with their tributes and honors for the Black Mamba, including Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban promising that no one in his organization will wear Bryant's No. 24 ever again. Some are calling for a league-wide retirement of the number. Do you agree? 🏀
Should Kobe Bryant's 24 be retired across the NBA?
Yes, Kobe Bryant wowed us with historic scoring performances while he was playing, but his impact was so much more. He was a generation-defining player whose determination, drive and desire to maximize his potential inspired everyone.
Aside from his legendary work ethic in basketball, he encouraged players to really think about life after basketball and diversify their portfolio like he did with his venture capital fund, production studio and multiple business interests.
A jersey retirement is the least the NBA can do to honor him.
There is no doubt Kobe Bryant is a legend and he will be honored properly by the entire league, but a league-wide jersey retirement is too much to ask. If he received that honor, why wouldn't Larry Bird, Magic Johnson or even Michael Jordan have their jerseys retired across the NBA? Those players had just as great of an impact, and it would be wrong to exclude them from such an honor.
What Mark Cuban did was gracious, but to make this a league-wide jersey retirement would be too intrusive. NBA teams should have the choice to do that and not be forced by the league.
He will be honored in plenty of other ways. Having No. 24 never worn again in the NBA shouldn't be one of them.