The last career Laker to retire from the team was Erving Magic Johnson in 1996.  That was the same year that a young man from Lower Merion High was drafted in the 1st round.  Nineteen years later the lifetime Laker Kobe Bryant announces retirement.

Lifetime Laker Kobe Bryant announces retirement to his fans before tonight’s game at the Staples Center

Fans in attendance at Staples Center on Sunday were greeted at the doors with a letter from Bryant in which he thanked those fans who supported and rejected him, as each helped him become one of the greatest in NBA history:

Lifetime Laker Kobe Bryant announces retirement

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Lifetime Laker Kobe Bryant announces retirement
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After 19 seasons, 5 NBA Championships, 2 NBA Finals MVP, etc..., lifetime Laker Kobe Bryant announces retirement from the league.
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