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Retired Lakers great Kobe Bryant challenged John Wall to make the All-NBA Defensive first team next season.

He has been issuing various challenges to athletes and other celebrities as part of his #MambaMentality campaign with Nike. 

For example, he asked Isaiah Thomas to make the All-NBA first team next season, then called on Kendrick Lamar to help "revolutionize" the music program at his high school in Compton. 

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Wall wasn't one of Bryant's initial targets, but answered a request for a challenge. 

It seems Wall – who made the All-NBA third team last season and wasn't please to have narrowly missed the All-Defensive teams – heard Bryant loud and clear. 

Challenge accepted. If Wizards fans weren't counting down the days to October 18 yet, it's time to start.