Kobe Bryant remembers giving a pair of his sneakers to LeBron James as a gift and offering the teenager some advice.
The years in between have passed in a blur.
On his final visit to Cleveland to play against James on Wednesday night, Bryant reflected on his relationship with a player who once hung a poster of him on his bedroom wall in Akron, Ohio, and has grown into a valued friend.
And as gets ready to say goodbye to the NBA after two decades, Bryant was stunned to learn that James, too, is on the back half of his career.
"Is this his 10th year?" Bryant asked, before being told that James has been in the league longer. "Eleventh year?...