Lakers honor Kobe with Warriors on hand
Kobe Bryant became the first player to have two numbers retired by a single franchise on Monday, and the Golden State Warriors were there to witness it.
Head coach Steve Kerr followed through on his promise to let his players watch the halftime ceremony, with Kevin Durant and former Laker Nick Young among the players to soak it all in.
"It's not about my jerseys that are hanging up there for me; it's about the jerseys that were hanging up there before," Bryant said at halftime. "Without them, I couldn't be here today. They inspired me to play the game at a high level."
Steph pays his respects
Stephen Curry couldn't be at the ceremony, as he's recovering from his ankle injury at home. But he managed to pay tribute to his fellow two-time MVP regardless.
"Wish I could be there tonight. Congrats [Kobe]," Curry tweeted, adding the hashtag "#Ko8e24" for good measure.
Curry averaged 22.9 points and 7.3 assists in 15 career games against Bryant. The Warriors went 6-9 over that span.
A thorn in Golden State's side
It's fitting that the Lakers chose to honor Bryant on a night they hosted the Warriors, a team he long dominated.
He averaged 27.0 points in 67 career games against Golden State, the second-most against any opponent in both categories. The Lakers were 51-16 in those games.
Kobe a fan of Klay's postgame podium bottle treatment
Bryant took time before the game to shout out Warriors guard Klay Thompson.
Bryant and Thompson are both endorsed by BodyArmor, and Bryant admitted he's enjoyed Thompson pushing aside Gatorade bottles in his postgame press conferences.
"Well, I thought it's pretty obvious why there's not a Gatorade bottle here right now," Bryant said with a smile pregame. "They had their time."