Several NBA players have begun "informally retiring" Kobe Bryant's jersey number in wake of his tragic death, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie is one of those players.
Charania announced on Tuesday that the 26-year-old was changing his jersey number from No. 8 to No. 26 out of respect for Bryant. Dinwiddie wasted no time confirming the report, tweeting "Everything in life evolves. #26 🙏🏾" seconds later.
Everything in life evolves. #26 🙏🏾- Spencer Dinwiddie (@SDinwiddie_25) January 28, 2020
We often search for meaning in numbers. And yes you guys have caught a lot of the obvious reasons...- Spencer Dinwiddie (@SDinwiddie_25) January 28, 2020
There's one more tho, a person that I often speak about but hold private and most close to my heart.
Elijah + Spencer = 20 + 6
Honor your ppl, love you son 🤙🏾 https://t.co/pVT630bk0F
Marc Stein of The New York Times added that the NBA usually makes players wait until the start of a new season to change a jersey number. Dinwiddie, however, has reportedly been granted permission to make the switch.
Having grown up in Los Angeles, Dinwiddie has long idolized Bryant. He told Alex Schiffer of The Athletic recently that Bryant is "by far my favourite player of all time."
Dinwiddie was emotional talking about Bryant following Brooklyn's game against the New York Knicks on Sunday, specifically when describing a recent interaction with Bryant in which he told Dinwiddie that he's an All-Star in his book.
Spencer Dinwiddie cries while talking about what Kobe Bryant meant to him pic.twitter.com/XRgpjD3bnA- SNY (@SNYtv) January 27, 2020
Dinwiddie is averaging 21.2 points, 6.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game this season. He was the driving force in Brooklyn's climb up the Eastern Conference standings while Kyrie Irving was out with an injury.
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