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Kobe Bryant speaks to the media at a press conference before his No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys are retired by the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, on Dec. 18, 2017.Harry How/The Globe and Mail

Although Kobe Bryant has been asked many times, he still isn't sure who would win a game of one-on-one between the young Kobe in his No. 8 Lakers jersey and his older self, who wore No. 24.

The Lakers couldn't choose, either. So they honoured both eras of Kobe's incredible career.

The Lakers decided to retire both jersey numbers worn by Bryant, the leading scorer in franchise history. Bryant attended the Lakers' game against the Golden State Warriors on Monday night for a halftime ceremony.

Bryant switched jersey numbers halfway through his career, neatly dividing the eras of his 20 years with the Lakers. The No. 8 Bryant won three NBA titles, and the No. 24 Bryant won two more before retiring in 2016.

As R.J. Barrett announced he will play NCAA basketball at Duke, the 17-year-old said his goals go beyond his Olympian father's achievements. Rowan Barrett says his son has talked about being a Hall of Famer since he was 12 years old.

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