Why did Kobe Bryant have two different numbers?

Why did Kobe wear number 24?

Kobe Bryant Changed From 8 To 24 To Begin A ‘Clean Slate’

You’re going after them. It’s nonstop energy and aggressiveness and stuff,” Kobe started. “Then 24 is a growth from that. Physical attributes aren’t there the way they used to be, but the maturity level is greater.

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