Should Number 24 or Number 8 Be Risen to the Rafters &...

Should Number 24 or Number 8 Be Risen to the Rafters & The Top NBA News

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant holds the MVP trophy and the Larry O'Brien championship trophy after the Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals basketball series in Los Angeles, California June 17, 2010.  REUTERS/Alex Gallardo (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

Kobe Bryant has wore two jersey numbers in his career, number eight and number 24.  In the early years of his career, Kobe rocked number eight.  During that time, Kobe won three-titles, scored 81 points, but also had some legal trouble.  However, the number 24 era was a new beginning for Kobe.  Kobe “started” a new chapter in his life and became to leader of the Lakers.  During this time Kobe won two-titles, a regular season MVP, two Finals MVPs and he beat Boston in the Finals.  So which number should be sent up to the rafters, number eight or number 24?  Let the debate begin Lakers Nation!

Should number eight or number 24 live forever in Staples? : Los Angeles Times Lakers Blog

The Latest on the Lakers

Lakers’ rookie Derrick Caracter has to lose weight in order to receive more money on his contract.  The Lakers offered Caracter a $473,000 contract and guaranteed him $250,000.  However, the only way Caracter will receive the rest of his money is if he weighs 275 lbs by Friday.  [Yahoo Sports]

The most important player on the Lakers’ roster is returning next year.  Kobe Bryant will be entering his 15th season next year, and will be looking for his sixth title.  Not matter what his age his, Kobe will always be ready to fight and carry his team to glory. [ESPN Los Angeles]

The Latest on the NBA

Linas Kleiza will be playing for the Toronto Raptors next season, but he is not the same player that once played for the Nuggets. Kleiza is much improved and will make an immediate impact on the rebuilding Raptors. [ESPN.com]

Derrick Rose has been criticized for his less-than-impressive jump shot, but Rose has been working on his shot all summer long and aims to be a deadly three point shooter. [Slam Mag]

Jamal Crawford either wants an extension from the Hawks, or a trade that will send him out of Atlanta.  However, so far nothing has happened. [Pro Basketball Talk]

If any of you readers are interested in writing, then the Bobcats are here to help you.  The team is launching an official team blog and is welcoming fans to work for them. [Pro Basketball Talk]

Check out what happened in an exciting day at the World Championships. [FIBA.com]