Are the 76ers considering retiring Kobe Bryant’s number?
Another jersey retirement could be in place for the Philadelphia 76ers. Former 76ers’ CEO Scott O’Neil spoke with Bally Sports and had some interesting comments when discussing Kobe Bryant. According to Scoop B, when asked if he thinks the 76ers should retire Kobe Bryant’s 33 from Lower Merion, Scott O’Neil said this.
The way O’Neil presented the idea makes it sounds like this is something that the team has discussed. Shortly after Bryant passed, the 76ers had a 33 on the sideline to commemorate Bryant and his legacy in the Philadelphia community.
Scott O’Neil was the 76ers CEO since 2013 before stepping down back in late June. He was succeeded by former Rockets CEO Tad Brown.
Kobe Bryant attended Lower Merion High School, which is roughly a 25-minute drive to the Wells Fargo Center. The Los Angeles Lakers retired Kobe’s 8 and 24 while the Dallas Mavericks also retired 24 shortly after his passing. Philadelphia has already retired 24 for Bobby Jones, so 33 is the next option.
The last Sixer to have their jersey retired was Dolph Schayes’ 4, which was retired in 2016. 33 was last worn by George Hill this past season, who has since left to join the Milwaukee Bucks in free agency.
For someone who meant so much to the Philadelphia community, retiring his high school jersey isn’t a bad idea, especially since he had such an impact on Joel Embiid and the rest of the basketball world.
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