Lakers Video: Jerry West, Warriors Honor Kobe Bryant With Tribute
Jerry-west
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Before the Los Angeles Lakers faced off against the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors on Thursday night on the road, someone very special to Kobe Bryant had a message for the future Hall of Famer.

NBA legend and former Lakers general manager, Jerry West, wanted to say a few words to Bryant on the big screen at Oracle Arena before he played his last game in Oakland.

West, the man who pulled off the franchise-altering trade with the Charlotte Hornets to acquire Bryant, has been as close to Bryant as anyone during his basketball career in the NBA and expressed his admiration in the following tribute video above.

Back in 1996, West made the bold move to trade veteran center Vlade Divac to the Hornets in exchange for Bryant. Kobe was drafted out of high school with the 13th overall pick in the draft that year.

West had tremendous faith in Bryant after an incredible pre-draft workout and obviously made the right choice to make the trade despite all the questions about the decision at the time.

You May Also Like

Lakers Video: Larry Nance Jr. Working Alongside Gunnar Peterson During Offseason Training

The front office of the Los Angeles Lakers understood that a complete overhaul of the organization was necessary, in order to…

2018 NBA Playoffs: Kobe Bryant Analyzes Celtics’ Jayson Tatum In ESPN ‘Detail’ Video

Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant spent 20 years wowing NBA fans with his seemingly limitless bag of tricks…

Lakers vs. Magic NBA Highlights: March 12, 2013

The Lakers are back on the road with a three game winning…

VIDEO: Nick Young Crashes While Tobogganing On Great Wall Of China

The Lakers have been in China for two days now. Mike D’Antoni…