Kobe Bryant's No. 24 jersey retired at Italian stadium where his father played basketball

Feb 07, 2020 1395

Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 jersey was hoisted to the rafters of the arena in Italy where his father, Joe, played after he retired from the NBA and moved his family to Europe in the 1980s. The central Italian city of Rieti became the Bryant family’s first Italian home when Joe Bryant signed for the local team AMG Sebastiani Rieti in 1984, when six-year-old Kobe was already a budding basketball player.

AMG Sebastiani Rieti folded in the 1990s. A new club, NPC Rieti, was formed in 2011, and plays at the same venue as Joe Bryant’s old team, the PalaSojourner. It was there that Kobe was honored in a pregame ceremony on February 5, before NPC’s game against Scafati in Italy’s second tier. On the night, NPC Rieti fans held up a banner which read: “You began to play here and as an adult you made us dream. Our colors are with you in the sky.”

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