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Multiple NBA players change jersey numbers to honor Kobe Bryant

So far at least 5 players have decided to switch their jersey numbers this season

The NBA is allowing players to change their jersey numbers mid-season in order to honor the legacies of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna.

So far Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie, Orlando Magic guard Terrence Ross and New Orleans Pelicans forward Jahlil Okafor have all officially declared their plans to switch numbers, the teams announced this week.

In addition to these changes …

  • Lakers guard Quinn Cook tells Shams Charania of The Athletic he will change his number from No. 2 to No. 28 to because, “No. 2 is Gianna’s number. I feel it should be retired. It’s hers.”

However, the Lakers, Pistons, Warriors, Clippers, Nuggets and 76ers have not yet officially announced these number changes.

Dinwiddie, Ross and Okafor are all switching from No. 8 to new numbers. Dinwiddie will switch to No. 26, Ross will switch to No. 31 and Okafor will wear No. 9 (according to a report from Charania). Ross had worn No. 31 for his entire eight-year career before switching to No. 8 for the 2019-20 season.

According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, the league is reviewing jersey number requests on a “case-by-case basis”. There are 21 players in the NBA who wear No. 8 this season and 13 players who wear No. 24.