Ray Allen and Kobe Bryant didn’t always get along. But it’s clear from Allen’s Instagram post Thursday following Bryant’s last NBA game that there’s mutual respect between the longtime NBA rivals.
It was certainly a great honor to compete against you @kobebryant You and I had some epic battles. The class of 96 will go down as one of the greatest of all times. What you brought to the game certainly changed it and set a new standard for those behind you. You played with an awesome drive and a competitive spirit that will be remembered forever. Congratulations to you on a Hall of Fame career!!!! #mamba #96draft
Allen and Bryant were both members of the 1996 NBA draft class. Bryant is currently 3rd on the NBA’s all-time scoring list; Allen is 22nd.
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