Bryant wore No. 8 when he broke into the NBA in 1996 until the beginning of the 2006-07 season, when he switched to No. 24. Bryant spent a decade wearing each number, and the Lakers retired both in December 2017.
Going deeper into the symbolism, Rizzo found that No. 8 signifies resurrection and regeneration in the Bible:
Somewhat ironically, Bryant doesn't own a stake in the Dodgers, but Magic Johnson, another Lakers legend, does while acting as one of six members of the Guggenheim Baseball Management group. The group paid $2 billion to acquire the Los Angeles franchise in 2012.