Originally Posted by lakerfreak
why do you all insist on making Kobe to be some sort of arrogant bastard.
His high school number was 24 and wanted to change it to that to start fresh with phil but wasn't able to do that because he was supposed to inform the league a year ahead.
also keep in mind Jordan changed his number to 45 because that was his baseball number when he retired.
Exactly. Kobe stated in an interview that he wants another fresh start, just like when he came to Philadelphia for the first time from Italy.
Also, stop comparing Kobe to MJ. One, Kobe doesn't want to be compared to him. He wants to be remembered for his own marks on the game. And two, there will never be another Michael Jordan. He is the greatest player to ever play the game and there will never be another player like him. His impact on the game was amazing and he made Basketball what it is today.