Kobe Bryant Reveals the Toughest Defender He Ever Faced

Find out who Kobe Bryant thinks is the toughest defender he has ever faced.

Tony Allen

As Kobe Bryant's career winds down to its conclusion, he has been showing respect to opponents by giving them a piece of memorabilia following each game. Last night, the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 112-95, and afterwards, Kobe Bryant gave Grizzlies guard Tony Allen a special gift.

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Bryant gave Allen a pair of basketball shoes. He has offered up his sneakers before, but this time he wrote an inscription on them. The message states, "To Tony, the best defender I ever faced!" This is a huge compliment, since Kobe has faced several great defenders over his 20-year career.

Allen tweeted out a photo of the shoes with the hashtag #respect. Recognized as one of the best defenders ever to have played the game, Allen was a First Team NBA All-Defensive selection three times. But this compliment from The Black Mamba will certainly stand out as one of his career highlights.

Check out the tweet and sneakers below:

 


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