As Kobe Bryant plays out his 20th and final season with the Lakers, The Times has reached out to players, coaches and broadcasters for recollections about his career.
Amar’e Stoudemire, a 15-year pro and six-time All Star now with the Miami Heat, played eight seasons with the Phoenix Suns and faced Bryant twice in the NBA playoffs. (Stoudemire was sidelined for a third Lakers vs. Suns playoff series).
It was 2010, Game 5 of the Western Conference finals in Los Angeles. The Lakers and Suns were even in the series, two wins each.