Nets G Spencer Dinwiddie, who idolized the late Kobe Bryant, is changing from No. 8 to No. 26 to honor him, Dinwiddie announced via social media on Tuesday.
Bryant wore No. 8 and No. 24 during his 20-year career with the Lakers.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Dinwiddie is among a host of players who have unofficially begun retiring Bryant's numbers. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban announced Sunday that Dallas would be retiring No. 24 to honor Bryant.
"Everything in life evolves. #26," Dinwiddie wrote on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon about the number change.
He then followed that tweet up:
"We often search for meaning in numbers. And yes you guys have caught a lot of the obvious reasons...There's one more tho, a person that I often speak about but hold private and most close to my heart. Elijah + Spencer = 20 + 6 Honor your ppl, love you son."
The Nets later tweeted out an image of Dinwiddie wearing his new number.
We often search for meaning in numbers. And yes you guys have caught a lot of the obvious reasons...- Spencer Dinwiddie (@SDinwiddie_25) January 28, 2020
There's one more tho, a person that I often speak about but hold private and most close to my heart.
Elijah + Spencer = 20 + 6
Honor your ppl, love you son 🤙 https://t.co/pVT630bk0F
Honor your people.- Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) January 28, 2020
Number 26, Spencer Dinwiddie. pic.twitter.com/Y3oZREw602
And Dinwiddie followed that up by asking his team to allow him to pay for 260 people that want to switch his No. 8 jersey for his new one...
Speaking Sunday shortly after learning of Bryant's death, Dinwiddie reflected.
"For him to tell me, in his book, I'm an All-Star and stuff like that -- I've talked about a popularity contest before -- you don't win things like that when you're me," Dinwiddie said as his voice choked up. "So for him to say that, I didn't need to be selected anymore because I was an All-Star. It's not just my family -- it was the guy.
"He was everything to my generation," Dinwiddie continued. "There's a whole generation of kids that ... that was our childhood. The lessons of hard work and, as cliche as it may sound, the Mamba mentality -- that's part of the reason why I am who I am today. The mentality of consistent work and pushing through boundaries and playing through injury and never giving up, never falling, just continuing to push through, shooting the free throws off the Achilles, all types of things that he did, the game-winners, all that stuff. He was everything to a lot of kids and I was one of them."