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Jerry West calls Kobe Bryant a top-ten player in NBA history, Roaracle Arena gives him a huge ovation

Jerry West took some time to talk about Kobe and the Lakers before Bryant's final game in Oakland.

As Kobe Bryant makes his way around the NBA on his farewell tour, he has gotten gifts, tributes, and standing ovations from around the league. The Boston Celtics gave Bryant a piece of their parquet floor, Michael Jordan called him his little brother, and Vlade Divac gave Kobe a number eight Charlotte Hornets jersey in a reference to the trade that brought him to Los Angeles on draft night.

The man who executed that trade twenty years ago was legendary Los Angeles Lakers guard and executive Jerry West. West now serves as a consultant for the defencing NBA champion Golden State Warriors, and with the 37-year old guard in town for his final professional game in the Bay Area against Stephen Curry and company, West chose to speak to the Los Angeles media about Bryant's career, pre-draft process that brought him to the Lakers all those years ago, and the state of the team's current rebuild:

In addition to the media, West addressed Bryant himself, in the form of a video that played for everyone in Oracle Arena during pregame intros, and the crowd went nuts:

Kobe seemed to enjoy the video as well:

Classy stuff from West and the Warriors organization on Bryant's final night in Oracle.

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