Kobe Bryant was one of the first people to rush to the hospital after hearing Lamar Odom was found unconscious.
He hadn't spoken to reporters since that night, though that changed Tuesday, the day before the Lakers' opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
"He's a brother, above everything else. It's important to see him get back on his feet," Bryant said after the Lakers finished practicing. "It's amazing to see him doing so well. It truly is remarkable."
Bryant and Odom were teammates for seven years, appearing in three NBA championships together and winning two of them. It's safe to say Odom's ordeal hit Bryant unexpectedly hard.
"It puts things in perspective a little bit more," Bryant said. "This is what we do. This is not who we are. Sometimes basketball can get in the way of life and in the way of living."
Bryant, 37, is about to start his 20th and possibly last NBA season. His contract expires after this season and he has not committed to playing beyond it.