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The Warriors plan to watch Kobe Bryant’s jersey retirement

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The Laker will be hanging up a legendary jersey at halftime of Monday’s game, and the Warriors will be watching.

Los Angeles Lakers v Golden State Warriors Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Monday is a special day in the NBA. The Golden State Warriors will be at Staples Center to play the Los Angeles Lakers, in a rematch of what was a thrilling overtime game earlier this season.

While the game features established superstars from Golden State, and exciting youngsters from Los Angeles, the real news is what will happen at halftime: Kobe Bryant will have his jersey retired.

Bryant, who retired at the end of the 2015-16 season, is, of course, a legend in the sport. He played 20 seasons - all with the Lakers - and won five titles, one MVP award, and made the All-Star game 18 times. He scored more than 33,500 points in his career, including 1,812 against the Dubs.

His jersey retirement is, justifiably, a pretty big deal (if you don’t believe me, try checking ticket prices!). And because of that, Warriors coach Steve Kerr wants his team to be present for it. So instead of having a typical halftime with coach talk and scheming, Golden State will stay on the court, and honor an all-time great.

This is a pretty cool move by Kerr, especially for players like Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, and, if in attendance, Stephen Curry. Those players had so many battles with Bryant over the years, going tit for tat with the now retired superstar.

The game will be nationally televised, so make sure to tune in, as the jersey retirement will certainly be aired.