Caron Butler wrote a book this year, and in this book Kobe Bryant wrote the foreward, baring his soul to us in a way we never would've seen during the first half nine-tenths of his career. In it Kobe revealed the four closest teammates he's had during his entire 20 years in Los Angeles. You can probably guess a few. He's previously called Derek Fisher his favorite teammate, and though Fisher once said he's never even been to Kobe's house, that's one. He wrote the foreward for Caron Butler's book, so that's two. We're kind of spotting you number three with that pic above. So that leaves one that you may likely find surprising, though you can probably guess who it's not. From the foreword:

"It’s very rare for me to open up to somebody like that, but I just had a connection with him. He’s one of my favorite teammates.

When that happens, it makes the season better. It doesn’t always happen. It’s not something that I need to happen, but there are certain players that I just automatically get along with. You gravitate to each other because you eye to eye on things and you get along extremely well. And Caron was one of those players.

There aren’t many like that. There’s Caron, there’s Pau, there’s D. Fish, and Ronnie Turiaf. That’s four guys in a twenty-year career."

Four guys in a 20-year-career, huh? To be honest, that's more than we would've guessed.

[via NBC Sports]

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