Kobe Bryant is in his 20th season with the Lakers, but through the years he's been selective about who he forms close relationship with.
In the forward for Caron Butler's, "Tuff Juice: My Journey from the Streets to the NBA," Bryant writes that he and Butler have remained connected, even though they only played together a single year with the Lakers.
"Caron and I bonded in day one and that bond remains as strong today as it ever was even though he now wears a different uniform," Bryant writes. "It's very rare for me to open up to somebody like that, but I just had a connection with him. He's one of my favorite teammates."