Since deciding to retire at the end of the season, Kobe Bryant has made the most of his remaining time as an NBA player. From soaking up his final All-Star game to getting roasted by his younger peers, each moment has had him smiling even though the Lakers are one of the worst teams in the league. It's something we're not used to at all from the traditionally intense Kobe, but he knows his best years are behind him and is smartly using his final season to appreciate a long and incredibly successful career.
That means everyone else attending Laker games is getting a special treat, too, and in the case of a couple kids at the recent Nuggets-Lakers matchup, that treat took a pretty cool physical form: Kobe's shoes. While seated on the bench, the legend took a second to sign not one, but two pairs of shoes and pass them back to some young fans sitting behind him.
According to The Denver Post, they were actually prizes, not gifts. "No, they earned them," Bryant said. "They wanted to know what the name of my pet dog was so I gave them a clue. I said 'it's in a (Harry) Potter film.' So every time, they threw out like 15 names. The deal was if they got it, I'd give them my shoes. And they got it."
In case you're curious, the answer was Crucio, one of the three "unforgivable curses" that inflicts brutal pain on someone. Bit of an odd name for a pet, but the shoe thing was a class act all the same.
Watch him pass the shoes on below:
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