The Los Angeles Lakers will retire Kobe Bryant’s No. 8 and No. 24 jersey numbers in a ceremony on December 18 at halftime of their game against the Golden State Warriors, the franchise announced this week. Bryant joins a select few of NBA greats not only to have his jersey retired, but an even more exclusive club to have two jerseys retired.
Roy’s with 17 locations in the continental United States, some within miles from Staples Center, is putting its own spin on the ceremony by slashing the price of its signature entrée Misoyaki Butterfish (Alaskan Black Cod, Baby Bok Choy and Furikake Rice) from $41 to $24 in honor of Bryant’s #24 on Monday, December 18 and Tuesday, December 19.
In addition, Roy’s will donate $8, in recognition of Bryant’s #8 jersey, from each sale of the special on both days to the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the lives of youth and families in need, both domestically and globally. By providing financial resources and developing unique programs, the Foundation strives to strengthen communities through educational and cultural enrichment opportunities.
“I could argue all day long and probably will that Kobe Bryant is the greatest of all time,” says Chris Dharod, born in Los Angeles, lifetime Lakers fan and president of SSCP, the parent corporation that owns Roy’s. “To me, Kobe is the G.O.A.T. and we are excited to extend a great dish at an exceptional price while donating a third of the tab to a very deserving organization.” Chris and father Sunil Dharod, CEO of SSCP as well as entrepreneur and philanthropist, will attend the game in person.
Bryant wore No. 8 from 1996 to 2006, when he switched to No. 24 for the remainder of a 20-year career spent entirely with the Lakers. He will be the 10th player honored by the Lakers with a retired number hung high on the Staples Center wall, but the first in NBA history to have two numbers retired by the same team.