The Lakers star also told ESPN, 'Friends can come and go, but banners hang forever.'
The big man downplayed his famous feud with Bryant, praising his former teammate's "killer instinct."
The Lakers star apparently enjoys tapping into the widsom of movers and shakers in a variety of industries.
Kobe would have been 17 or 18 at the time, a fact that did not come up during their discussion.
The Lakers superstar will likely miss the rest of this season, his 19th in the NBA.
The team wants to make sure its superstar guard can play well next season, which could become his NBA farewell tour.
A resurgent season has the Laker's superstar looking like a lock for his 17th straight starting spot in the All-Star game, as the league updates the voting totals.
Against the Nuggets, the Lakers star proved he can still summon up some youthful vitality.
The Lakers star is now third, behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone. And you can buy a shoe to mark the achievement!
More players follow the leads of Derrick Rose and LeBron James in expressing their concern over the Eric Garner case.