As Lakers greats, Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant developed a unique relationship. During a Tuesday appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Johnson touched on the mutual respect and admiration they had for one another.
"We idolized each other," Magic told Jimmy Kimmel before explaining why they both can be considered the greatest Laker of all-time.
"We both poured our heart and soul into performing each night in Los Angeles for the greatest fans on Earth," Johnson continued. "We both were committed to basketball. We were married to basketball. We were married to winning and playing the game the right way."
Their love for the game led to a similar competitive nature, as Magic told Kimmel that he hated losing just as much as Kobe. So when they played against each other, Magic had to resort to cheating in order to win.
"Well, we actually one time played one-on-one," Magic said. "And he got so mad at me because I called a foul on every play,"
"I was older," Magic added. "He was in his prime, killing me. So I was like, 'I gotta cheat. I gotta do something.'"
Kimmel confirmed Magic's account of the story by showing clip of Kobe describing the game with Johnson to Kimmel during a 2018 interview.
And Magic isn't the only Laker stalwart reminiscing about Kobe and his time with the team. According to a new report from The Atheltic, the current Lakers held a lunch with the sole purpose of grieving, and recounting old stories about Bryant. Per the report, LeBron James spent 10 minutes sharing stories, and was followed by the likes of Kurt Rambis, and assistant coaches Lionel Hollins, Phil Handy, Miles Simon and Mike Penberthy. James reportedly told those assembled that he is equipped to play through what is expected to be a somber season on many levels. "God gave me wide shoulders for a reason,” he said.