When recalling memories of Kobe Bryant, most players around the
"When I first signed to the Lakers we went overseas and he was over there and he was drawing on a piece of paper and I didn't know what he was doing," said Barnes, who played two seasons with the Lakers.
"Something was going on. He was moving up and down and grabbing his face and I went over there and he probably had about 40 different little mini courts drawn on this paper. He was figuring out when teams double and triple team him, where his teammates were going to be open.
"That was kind of one of my first times seeing how deep he is and how involved he is with the game."
Barnes, who is considered a friend of Bryant's and now plays with the
After 20 seasons, Bryant is set to retire after the Lakers' final game of the season in April.
Barnes said Bryant's absence would be felt.