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Spencer Dinwiddie changes number for Kobe Bryant

Dinwiddie will no longer wear Kobe’s #8.

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Spencer Dinwiddie has worn Kobe Bryant’s #8 for the entirety of his NBA career. He grew up in the Los Angeles area and idolized the Lakers’ guard, so it was natural for him to take on his favorite player’s original number. Now today, following Kobe’s tragic death, Dinwiddie has honored him another way by changing his number from #8 to #26.

Dinwiddie said that fans guessed the most obvious meaning behind #26, most likely Kobe’s later #24 added to his daughter Gigi’s #2. He also said it was to honor his own son Elijah, whose birthday is on the 20th + Spencer’s birthday on the 6th.

Spencer’s move is a larger part of NBA players attempting to informally retire Kobe’s #8 and #24 league-wide, according to Shams Carania of the Athletic.