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Kobe Bryant called Luke Walton next Phil Jackson – ‘an average player with a messed-up back’

Detroit Pistons v Los Angeles Lakers

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 04: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Luke Walton #4 talk during the game against the Detroit Pistons at the Staples Center on January 4, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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When the Lakers play the Warriors tonight – hey, Kobe Bryant said Los Angeles had a chance – Kobe will see a familiar face on the opposing sideline.

Kobe and Golden State interim coach Luke Walton played together with the Lakers under Phil Jackson.

Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News:

Kobe compliments are the best compliments – at least from afar.