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.
Isaiah Thomas, an All-Star guard for the Boston Celtics, recalled his favorite memory against Bryant after facing him a final time Sunday.
Thomas, a fifth-year pro, made his NBA debut in 2011 when the Sacramento Kings hosted the Lakers.
Former Kings Coach Paul Westphal inserted Thomas, the final pick in the 2011 draft, to guard Kobe Bryant.
“My first year, it was my first game and Paul Westphal, he had a rule at practice like nobody could back me down, cause they always turned...