Why are the Lakers retiring both 8 and 24?
If you take @bball_ref HOF probability and split Kobe Bryant into two separate careers, one wearing 8 and one wearing 24, he'd have a 99.8 and 99.9 pct chance of making it.
He literally had two different no doubt about it HOF careers.
— Micah Adams (@MicahAdams13) December 14, 2017
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Larry Nance Jr
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Caldwell-Pope is now on the Los Angeles Lakers, where he signed a one-year, $17.7 million deal. It feels like an uncomfortable stasis for a player in his fifth season, enduring his second contract year in a row. But the 24-year-old has yet to test the shortcomings of his game for the sake of his own individual growth or production, at the cost of his team’s success. Instead, he’s solely focused on finding ways to move L.A.’s needle in a positive way. His teammates respect that, understand how important he is, and recognize the partnership could end sooner than anyone wants it to. “If I put myself in his shoes, it’d just be tough to embrace everybody and kind of get into the whole team aspect knowing that next summer is another free agent year,” Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. told VICE Sports. “But he’s done a terrific job of being selfless and looking out for others.”
While the Los Angeles Lakers have dropped three consecutive games, they remain on the fringes of the playoff picture in the Western Conference. And newly-returned Larry Nance Jr. is well aware of the team’s position in the standings. “That’s definitely something I keep track of for sure,” Nance said this week. “[Making the playoffs is] something I would love for this team, I think everybody here would love for the team. It’s very realistic the way it’s shaping up right now.”
With their record, the Lakers are currently the 11th seed, but in a wild Western conference that’s seen its fair share of playoff contenders struck by unfortunate injuries. For a point of reference, the Lakers were in the eighth seed as recently as a week ago. “After a tough last game, it’s easy to be upset but there’s a bigger plan here. We have to focus on that eight seed,” Nance said. “We can still get it. It kind of brings you back down to earth and refocuses you a little bit.”