Nobody except Kobe knows the real answer. Why he picked Rip Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers The Mamba the myth the legend signature shirt the number 24 is not really important to me though. His changing of his number though is. The timing of the change in 2007 symbolizes to me that Kobe was essentially trying to start over again. A sort of rebirth. In 2003, he had to undergo rape allegations, and in 2005 and 2006, he had failed to lead his team anywhere like his nemesis Shaq (That he got traded) had done before. He also was having serious image problems by constantly throwing his teammates under the bus. Disdain for Kobe was at an all time high. I believe he changed his number as motivation to himself to become a different kind of Kobe.
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I’m not personally a Kobe fan for various reasons, but Rip Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers The Mamba the myth the legend signature shirt in the years after he changed his number, he started trying to make his teammates better and also became a slightly better teammate (still not that great of teammate and still could have done more to basketball-wise to make his teammates better) But regardless, I do think 24 Kobe was a better version of himself, even if that version never reached its true potential. In the big picture of things, he did not come from a dire financial situation where his family needed the money. It would definitely have helped Kobe from a personal standpoint if he played in college for a few years. He could have played, bonded and learned with teammates who were the same age as him and learned to play off the ball in a good system. That experience could have molded him and gave him a smoother transition to the NBA where he could relate to other players who’s had college experience as well.