The greatest NBA player of all time, Julius Erving, made an interesting comment about Kobe Bryant’s number being retired across the league. Kobe is a top-5 player to ever play the game and some people believe he might be the best ever.
Earlier this season, the news that Bill Russell was going to have his number retired led people to question why Kobe wasn’t getting the same treatment.
Julius Erving made some interesting points and said Kobe might not deserve the same treatment yet.
Julius Ervin retiring Kobe’s number
According to TMZ, Erving said:
“I don’t think it should be compared to Russell’s situation,” Erving said at LAX airport. “We’re new to that but let’s see how that works. Maybe in some time. Bill was 86 years old, so make it so for an 86-year-old – multiple championships, multiple coaching championships, multiple on-and-off-court champions, or whatever – there’s no comparison.
“If they want to do it, I think they already have, that makes sense — but for the entire league to do it, it’s probably not going to happen,” Erving said.
“Bill was a very special person and what he did for basketball no one else could do. So I think it’s absolutely right that he retires his number,” he said.
Kobe didn’t worry about such things.
Kobe was never worried about having his jersey number retired, instead he wanted his teammate Pau Gasol to retire it with the Lakers.
“There is no argument. Pau, when he retires, will have his number in inventory next month. The truth is, I wouldn’t have won those championships without Pau. How can I not see those two championships without Pau Gasol. We know, everyone knows. I’m really looking forward to the day he gets there and gives his speech at center court in front of all the fans who have supported him for ages. So it’s going to be a great night. “
That’s not all, Kobe Bryant has retired his jersey number throughout his career and even though the NBA may not be retiring it for the next few years. Instead, it can happen in ten years.