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Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist (and Lakers fan) Flea sees a kindred spirit in Kobe Bryant

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist (and Lakers fan) Flea sees a kindred spirit in Kobe Bryant

Michael Balzary remembers seeing the teenage basketball player for the first time at a movie premiere in Los Angeles, red carpet and all.

Balzary had already established himself as Flea, the bass player for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, when he introduced himself to a future one-named wonder of sorts.

There was only brief chatter with Kobe Bryant, who likely had no idea who Flea was. This was fine. Flea barely knew who Bryant was.

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"I went up and said hi to him and shook his hand and stuff," Flea said. "I just knew he was a kid...

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