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.
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Dwyane Wade – Teammates on Team USA
The relationships that came out of there, myself and Kobe, you see it now with the relationship that we have -- its just a total amount of respect.
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Brook and Robin Lopez – Twins who now play in the NBA
There are times when youre on the floor and you kind of have to pinch yourself a little bit, make sure youre not dreaming, as corny as it sounds.
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Amar'e Stoudemire – Faced Kobe twice in the NBA playoffs
We sent double-teams at him, we sent triple-teams at him and normally he would pass out of it, but he was just on fire that night and he scored every time.
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Isaiah Thomas – Made his NBA debut against Kobe
He changed the game, not just on the court but off the court, and he means a lot. Thats my favorite player.
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Caron Butler – Played one season with Kobe
The house was full of about 30 to 40 people in it and everybody saw Kobe and was like, 'Aw, man! He eats ribs!' and he said, 'Yeah, I pump my own gas, too.'
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Carmelo Anthony – Olympic teammate with Kobe
It was a very emotional situation from the standpoint of competing. One of the greats, a friend, brother, one last time.
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Kyrie Irving – Three-time All-Star guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers
A lot of people like to see highlight dunks, a lot of crossovers and stuff like that. But when Im watching Kobe, I just watch how detailed he is and just watching how he reads the game
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Matt Barnes – Teammate and opponent of Kobe
I never got a chance to play against Jordan, so for my era, Kobe was the best player of my generation so the game will sorely miss him.
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Tony Allen – The 'Kobe stopper'
I just remember him hitting a three and one jump shot and looking at me like, 'Go sit down.'
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Kevin Martin – a 12-year veteran playing for San Antonio
It will 'be kind of weird' to think of the NBA without Bryant.
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Tim Duncan – A five-time NBA champion for the San Antonio Spurs
We played for many years. It's been great. We're moving on.
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Dwight Howard – Played one season with Kobe
I dont know why everybody just made it seem like we just hated each other.
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Jason Kidd – Lost to Kobe in the 2002 NBA Finals and was an Olympic teammate with him in 2008
We come in not understanding who Father Time is, and at the end, you find out very quickly who he is and that he's undefeated. There's no way around it.
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Shaquille O'Neal – Center on title teams with Kobe
That's when I got behind the podium after the game and said, 'Kobe is the best player in the world!'
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Ron Harper – Guard on title teams with Kobe
Who would you want to take the last shot in a game, Michael Jordan or Kobe?
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