Kobe Bryant's final season in the NBA has touched everyone in the league, and that includes Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James.
LeBron and Kobe, two of the biggest players in basketball history, will only face each other three more times before the Black Mamba says goodbye to the hardwood.
The first of those meetings will come in the early hours of Thursday morning when the Los Angeles Lakers travel to Cleveland. Then comes the East versus West meeting at All-Star weekend, before a final showdown in March.
As Bryant continues his farewell tour, James has admitted that watching his games this season with the knowledge it will be his last has made him emotional.
The Cavaliers will join the list of teams to honour the 37-year-old with a pre-game video before the game at the Quicken Loans Arena, and speaking to the media, James recalled one of his fondest moments of the five-time NBA champion.
As per ESPN, LeBron said: "I think my most fond moment is he gave me his shoes when I was in high school. I think I was playing in a tournament in Teaneck, New Jersey, and they were playing in the  All-Star game in Philly.
"And I had an opportunity to go meet him, and he gave me a pair of his shoes, and I actually wore them in a game against Oak Hill, against Melo [Carmelo Anthony], actually. So, six degrees of separation right there."
The 18-time All-Star has been an idol for many people during his career and that includes the four-time MVP, James.
Having done so much for LeBron during his formative days, these final matchups between the two will be the perfect chance for the Cavaliers man to show his appreciation to the greatest of a generation.