Kobe shows how strong his friendship with Derek is. Thanks Kobe!
ESPN: Bryant has seen all that for the past 14 years. Seen it and nodded his head in assent.
There is no real way to value that, except to never let it get away once you’ve found it.
So when it came time for the Lakers to put a value on his longtime friend and teammate, Bryant thought little about lending his support to the cause.
According to sources close to the situation, Bryant didn’t just voice his support for Fisher’s return; he made sure it happened.
“Kobe really proved his allegiance in all of this,” one source said. “Kobe is a loyal, true friend to Derek, and he proved that this week.”
Fisher is no sycophant to Bryant, though. Far from it.
He is, for lack of a better word, Bryant’s counterweight.
Gravitas personified. The force that keeps Bryant and the Lakers grounded and in balance.