Kobe Bryant had taken four questions, including two in Italian, from media members crammed around him inside a hotel ballroom when a reporter from a Toronto radio station placed a shiny red bag on the table in front of the Lakers star and slid it toward him.
Inside was a bottle of Brio, an Italian soda made in Canada.
Two days before fans could shower Bryant with adoration in his final All-Star game appearance Sunday at the Air Canada Centre, it was the media's turn.
There was applause Friday when Bryant took his seat on the dais and when he rose after the 25-minute session had concluded. One reporter wearing a Bryant shirt presented his idol with a picture of...