It's not a rare occurrence for NBA players to ask one another for game-sneakers after a game. In the past, Michael Jordan gifted Richard Hamilton with sneakers as he neared retirement. More recently, Kobe Bryant gifted LeBron James with a pair of kicks straight off his feet in similar fashion. But Bryant has been giving away sneakers well before his farewell season.
In a small get-together for Kobe Bryant's retirement over All-Star Weekend, Chris Paul recounted the time he asked Bryant for his sneakers after a 2007 match up in New Orleans. Even though the sneakers were meant for a charity auction, Paul admitted to still having them today.
"When he broke the record against us in New Orleans it took a lot of pride in me, but I asked him for them shoes after the game," said Paul. "'Hey man, would you sign those shoes for me so I could auction them off in my foundation?'"
Paul quickly followed up by saying, "Them shoes still at the crib."
Watch Paul jokingly tell the story here.