Read another article about KG and Kobe and the 1998 All Star Game. Says Kobe was nervous and KG was the one who calmed him down.
http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincitie ... 685783.htm
Of all the players in the NBA, you know who Kobe Bryant respects more than any of them?
"K.G.,'' he said.
Yep, Kevin Garnett.
"He's my man right there,'' Bryant said. "There's a lot of love.''
The love goes back to Bryant's second season in the league. He was playing in his first All-Star Game, and K.G. took him under his wingspan.
"There was all this hype, and K.G. came to me and said, 'Run with me. I'll get you involved.' He threw me a lob, and I dunked it. He patted me on the back and gave me that big smile of his. It relaxed me,'' Bryant said.
"Once he got that first basket, I knew he'd be cool,'' Garnett said. "Since then he's played with that confidence.''
So, now you know. It was Garnett who stoked the flame that still burns white-hot in Bryant.
"Since that day, I've loved Kevin,'' Bryant said. "If I have an older brother in the league, besides Shaquille (O'Neal), it'd be K.G.''
At this year's All-Star Game, Bryant wanted to, as he put it, "return the favor." He made sure Garnett got the ball as much as possible, and K.G. was selected the game's most valuable player.
"He deserved it,'' Bryant said. "He's great, man.''