This topic will introduce you to the number of jerseys retired by the NBA teams. Today, in the first issue, let’s take a look at the Los Angeles Lakers gathered by the stars. Kobe Bryant retired two jerseys to create an NBA historical record!
8&24: Kobe Bryant jersey
On December 19, 2017, the Lakers played against the Warriors at home. During the team held a retirement ceremony for Kobe, the No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys of the Flying Man slowly rose to the sky above the Staples Center. In the middle is the team’s legendary commentator Kick Hearn (41 years).
Kobe was selected by the Hornets at the 13th overall pick in the first round in 1996, and then traded to the Lakers. The Flying Man played for the Lakers for 20 seasons, wearing the No. 8 jersey for the first 10 years and the No. 24 shirt for the next 10 years.
In 20 seasons, Kobe won five championships in the Lakers, twice was selected as the finals MVP, once won the regular season MVP, 18 times selected All-Star, 4 times won the All-Star Game MVP, 15 times was selected as the best team of the year, Twelve times into the defensive lineup of the year, twice won the scoring champion, will be officially elected to the Hall of Fame next year (ceremony postponed until 2021).
Kobe played 1346 regular season games for the Lakers, averaging 25 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.4 steals. He maintained a number of team history records (number of games played, time played, points scored, sports goals scored, number of shots, three-pointers and Steals, etc.)
No. 13: Wilt Chamberlain jersey
As one of the greatest stars in NBA history, Chamberlain played for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers. And Zhang Dashuai joined the Zijin Army in the later stage of his career.
From 1968 to 1973, Chamberlain played for the Lakers and won the championship in 1972. Personally, he won the finals MVP, which is also his most important honor in the Los Angeles team.
During his time with the Lakers, Chamberlain won the rebounding four times, once was selected as the second team of the year, and twice into the first team of the year’s defensive lineup. He played in 339 regular season games, averaging 17.7 points, 19.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game.
Chamberlain was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1978, and was selected into the ranks of the 50 NBA superstars 18 years later. It is worth mentioning that Master Zhang is the first and only player in history to be retired by three teams (Warriors, 76ers and Lakers).
No. 22: Elgin Baylor jersey
Speaking of Baylor, many people have the impression that they are “tragic heroes”. It has been difficult to win the championship dream after breaking into the finals many times.
In the 1971-72 season, Baylor only played 9 games and chose to retire because of a serious knee injury. That season, the Lakers played a 33-game winning streak and defeated the Knicks in the finals to win the championship. Although Baylor retired early that season, the Lakers still gave him the championship ring.
Looking back at Baylor’s career, he entered the league as the No. 1 pick in 1958. He only played for the Lakers. He was elected as the Rookie of the Year in 1959. He was selected to the All-Star 11 times in his career and won the All-Star Game MVP once. He was selected to the first team of the year’s best team 10 times and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1977.
Baylor played 846 regular season games for the Lakers, averaging 27.4 points, 13.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game, making him the team’s total rebounder.
On November 10, 1983, the Lakers held a jersey retirement ceremony for Baylor and Chamberlain.
No. 25: Goodrich jersey
Goodrich was a scoring player in college. He scored 42 points in the 1965 NCAA championship game and led the team to win the championship. He reached the highest podium twice in college. After entering the NBA, Goodrich’s performance is not too much.
Goodrich played for the Lakers twice, helping the team win the championship in 1972. In the 15 games of the playoffs that year, he only scored one game without a double-double. In the 5 finals with the Knicks, he played Both scored 25.6 points and were the mainstay offensively.
During his time with the Lakers, Goodrich was selected to the All-Star 4 times and once into the first team of the year. He played in 687 regular season games, averaging 19 points, 3 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.5 steals.
In 1996, Goodrich was inducted into the Hall of Fame. On December 21 of the same year, the Lakers retired his No. 25 jersey.
No. 32: Magic Johnson’s jersey
If the Magic Johnson is not infected with AIDS, can he compete with Jordan for the best title in history? But there is no such thing as reality, but if the best point guard in the history is selected, I believe that the Magic Johnson will be the choice of many people.
In 1979, the Magic Johnson was drafted by the Lakers with the No. 1 pick. The rookie season averaged 18 points, 7.7 rebounds and 7.3 assists. He was selected to the All-Star team and reached the finals with the team. In the sixth game of the Finals that year, the Magic Johnson replaced the injured Jabal as the center. He scored 42 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals in the game. He sealed the first battle and led the team to win the MVP!
Throughout the Magic Johnson‘s NBA career, he is also a representative of one person and one city! Only played for the Lakers. Won five championships, three finals MVP, three regular season MVPs, 12 All-Star selections, two All-Star MVP selections, ten All-NBA team selections, four assists, and two honors Steal the king.
On February 17, 1992, the Magic Johnson‘s No. 32 jersey was retired by the Lakers. In 2002, he was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
No. 33: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar jersey
During the period of Jabal University, he was famous all over the world. He has won three consecutive NCAA championships, MOP three consecutive games in the quarter-finals, and three consecutive game players of the year. The No. 33 shirt was retired by UCLA. With such a brilliant transcript, Jabal was elected NBA champion in 1969.
In the six years the Bucks played, Jabal “only” won a championship! In 1975, the Lakers traded Elmore Smith, Brian Winters, Dave Meyers, Junil Bridgeman for Jabal and Walter Wesley. Coming to Zijin’s first season, Tiangou averaged 27.7 points, 16.9 rebounds, 5 assists, 1.5 steals and 4.1 blocks per game. He won the MVP for the fourth time in his career.
During his time with the Lakers, Jabal won the championship five times, won the Finals MVP in 1985, won the regular season MVP three times, was selected to the All-Star 13 times, entered the All-NBA Team 10 times, and was selected to the Defense of the Year 7 times. The lineup, four times won the block leader, won the rebound leader in 1976.
The Lakers retired Jabal’s No. 33 jersey on March 21, 1990, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame three days later.
No. 34: Shaq O’Neal jersey
Another super center of the Lakers! On the day before the opening of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, O’Neill announced that he had signed a seven-year, $120 million contract with the Lakers and officially transferred to the Purple and Gold Corps! In the summer of the same year, the Lakers traded in the 13th show-Kobe Bryant.
At the turn of the century, the Lakers led by the OK team achieved three consecutive victories, and O’Neill completed the FMVP three consecutive villages with a destructive trend. Among them, in 2000, O’Neill won three MVP trophies in a single season, which is one of the classic moments of his career.
O’Neal played for the Lakers for 8 years, was selected to the All-Star team seven times, was selected to the All-NBA team seven times, was selected to the All-Defensive team three times, and won a scoring title.
On April 3, 2013, O’Neill’s No. 34 jersey hung at the Staples Center. In 2016, Austrian Fat entered the Hall of Fame.
No. 42: James Worthy jersey
In 1982, Worthy was drafted by the Lakers with the No. 1 pick. His NBA career has been playing for the Lakers (1982-1994). He was a key member of the Lakers’ showtime era and won three championships with the team! Among them, in the 1988 Finals, Worthy averaged 22 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists, winning the finals MVP! Among them, the tiebreaker scored 36+16+10, which is the team’s champion.
Worthy is a typical playoff player. Most of the time, the playoff statistics are better than the regular season, and the more critical games often have excellent performances. Worthy played 143 times in the playoffs, averaging 21.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.2 steals.
Worthy was selected to the All-Star 7 times in his career, twice into the All-NBA Third Team, played in 926 regular season games, and averaged 17.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.1 steals per game.
On November 11, 1995, Worthy’s No. 42 jersey was retired by the Lakers. In 2003, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
No. 44: Jerry West jersey
West is also a typical one-man, one-city player. He was the No. 1 player in the 1960 and played for the Lakers in the NBA.
In the 1969 Finals, the Lakers lost 3-4 to the Celtics and missed the championship, but West won FMVP with his extraordinary performance and is the only loser to date. In the finals that year, West averaged 37.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game.
In 1972, West finally realized his dream! He, together with Chamberlain and Goodrich, won the championship for the Lakers.
West’s player career has been selected for the All-Star game for 14 years. He won the All-Star MVP in 1972. He was selected to the All-Star team 12 times and the defensive team of the year 5 times. He has won the scoring and assists.
In 1980, West was inducted into the Hall of Fame, and his No. 44 jersey was retired by the Lakers three years later.
No. 52: Jamal Wilkes jersey
Wilkes was the No. 11 show in 1974. He played for the Warriors early in his career and came to the Lakers in 1977.
Wilkes played for the Lakers for 8 years, during which he won three championships, was selected as an All-Star twice, and once entered the Defensive Second Team of the Year.
In 8 seasons and 575 regular season games, Wilkes averaged 18.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
On December 29, 2012, the Lakers retired Wilkes’ No. 52 jersey.
Hearn is a senior announcer in the history of the Lakers. He has served for the team for 41 years and has witnessed the rise and fall of the Purple Army.
On August 6, 2002, Hearn died, and on December 3 of the same year, the Lakers held a jersey retirement ceremony (no number) to commemorate this team history legend.