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Kobe Bryant gives Paul George his shoes following final game in Indiana

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Kobe Bryant's farewell tour has been a recurring factor of the 2015-16 NBA season as the basketball community says goodbye to a living legend. 

Arenas around the United States have been packed to the rafters to welcome the Black Mamba to his final game in certain cities. 

His last appearances in Boston, Detroit and the Bay Area have thrown up moments that will live long in the memory.

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But it is not just fans who are getting the chance to say goodbye to a man they have watched dominate for the best part of 20 years. There are also younger players in the league who grew up wanting to be like Kobe. 

Following the Lakers' 89-87 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Monday night, Kobe went into the home locker room bearing gifts for a player who idolised Bryant as a youngster. 

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Paul George, who will line-up against Kobe as a member of the Eastern Conference starting five at the All-Star game on Sunday, was presented with a pair of Bryant's shoes as a parting gift following his final ever appearance in Indiana.

The Pacers star is the third player to be given a gift by the 37-year-old this season; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green and 2014 MVP Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder were the other players who received similar gifts. 

All four men will play a part in Sunday's All-Star showcase and it is sure to be an emotional night for Kobe as he says goodbye to the NBA on the biggest of stages.

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