The Los Angeles Lakers' game against the Miami Heat on Wednesday night was touted as the final chance to see Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade compete against each other before the former's impending retirement.
Unfortunately, with Kobe continuing to monitor his body so that he can feature in each of the Lakers' remaining regular season games, the final meeting was only fleeting as Bryant was restricted to just over eight minutes on the court.
Speaking before the Lakers'102-100 victory, however, Wade revealed his favourite Kobe-related moment - the Heat star picking one he admitted probably only he remembers.
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"One that always comes to mind was my first time playing the Lakers," Wade told the Palm Beach Post's Jason Lieser. "I told Kobe this story for the first time at All-Star Weekend. It was just so not a meaningful moment in basketball history at all.
“We was getting our butts kicked by the Lakers that year when they had (Gary Payton) and Karl Malone and Shaq and Kobe.
"It was the second half, late in the game — and I had two fouls early so I didn’t play much — and then I got an opportunity for my first time guarding Kobe one-on-one in transition and I was so nervous.
“But I ripped him. For me, that was it. That was the Holy Grail. I ripped him and I went down and scored or whatever. Inside, I felt so good. It didn’t mean nothing to him. They were up 30 or 40. But to me, it meant the world.”
Despite both Kobe and D-Wade having simultaneously played at the elite level for over a decade, the two have, unfortunately, never met in the NBA Finals. Had they done so, Wade's chosen moment might have had slightly wider significance.
Nevertheless, it is testament to Bryant's stature amongst his fellow NBA players that Wade, a man who has three rings, a Finals MVP award and 12 All-Star appearances to his name, so vividly remembers such a relatively insignificant moment from 13 years ago.
In the game the Miami star is talking about, a November 2003 contest that ended with L.A. winning out 99-77, Bryant was actually the top scorer after finishing with 27 points.
On Wednesday night, Wade was the veteran in form as he put up a 26 point, 10 rebound box score. Kobe and the Lakers, though, had the last laugh as they left the Staples Center court with a surprise W.