Which 6 NBA players have two different numbers retired?
In December 2017, the Los Angeles Lakers retired two numbers in the same ceremony to honor Kobe Bryant: No. 8 and No. 24. For the first 10 seasons of his career, Bryant wore No. 8, but switched to No. 24 beginning with the 2006-07 season. He wore No. 24 for the remainder of his career.
Of the six players in NBA history with two different numbers retired, Bryant is the only one to have played his entire career with one team. The other five players each played had two different number with two different teams: Julius Erving, Pete Maravich, Earl Monroe, Shaquille O’Neal, and Oscar Robertson.
- In 1987, the Brooklyn Nets (then the New Jersey Nets) retired No. 32 in honor of Dr. J’s spectacular tenure with the organization when it was the New York Nets in the ABA.
- In April 1988, the Philadelphia 76ers retired the No. 6 he wore with the team.
- In 1985, the Utah Jazz retired No. 5 in honor of Pete Maravich.
- In 2002, the New Orleans Pelicans retired the same number in recognition of Maravich’s contributions to the city.
- In March 1986, the New York Knicks retired No. 15 to honor Earl Monroe.
- In 2007, the Washington Wizards retired No. 10 to pay respect to Monroe’s efforts with the organization when it was known as the Baltimore Bullets.
- In December 2016, the Miami Heat retired the No. 32 Shaquille O’Neal wore with the team.
- In April 2013, the Los Angeles Lakers retired No. 34 to pay tribute to Shaq’s tenure with the team.
- In 1970, the Sacramento Kings (then the Cincinnati Royals) retired the No. 14 Oscar Robertson wore with the franchise before being traded to Milwaukee.
- In 1974, the Milwaukee Bucks retired No. 1, the number Robertson wore with them.
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