Warriors will be on court for Kobe Bryant's jersey retirement, Steve Kerr says

By Kirstie Chiappelli 17 December 2017 809
Warriors will be on court for Kobe Bryant's jersey retirement, Steve Kerr says

The Warriors are as excited as Lakers fans to watch Kobe Bryant's retirement ceremony.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr made it clear that his team will be on the court and partaking in the celebration Monday night as the future Hall of Famer's jerseys are sent to the rafters.

"Just the experience in seeing one of the greatest players in the history of the game getting his jersey retired and we happen to be there," Kerr said after practice Saturday, via ESPN. "I'm not going to keep them in the locker room to watch tape of the first half. The players would look at me like I was nuts. There's something interesting going on the floor. Let's go out there."

Warriors star Kevin Durant recalled when Bryant gave him his "first taste of fourth-quarter basketball in the NBA" and how it has affected the development of his game throughout his career.

"He fouled me all of the way up until I got the ball. It was a blatant foul, and the referee just stared at him, looked at him and didn't call the foul," Durant said. "It was a level I knew I had to get to. That's what made me realize that there's certain players on different levels, and that you have to wait to get to that point.

"I do miss that intensity that he brought to the court. He raised everybody's — opponents, coaching staff, just everybody's — level of play. That's what great players do. You can learn a lot from watching somebody like that."

Bryant will have his No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys retired Monday ahead of the Lakers' matchup against the Warriors at Staples Center.

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