As Kobe Bryant's farewell tour alternately limps and lopes into its final lap, the strangest thing is happening.
When he's not being showered with gratitude, Bryant is handing it out. He's not just receiving gifts, he's giving gifts. A man who spent most of 20 years openly dismissing opponents is now embracing them.
He's giving opponents his autographed shoes, which they are accepting with the smiles of children, and whose photos they are posting on Instagram like teenagers.
“Thanks for everything!” wrote the Indiana Pacers' Paul George. “YOU put that ball in my hand as a youngin!”
He's also handing out advice, having fatherly chats with...