Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant has faced his fair share of great defenders throughout his 20-year NBA career, but in his opinion nobody has been tougher to get past than Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen.
After the Grizzlies cruised to a 112-95 victory over the Lakers on Friday night, Bryant paid Allen the ultimate sign of respect by autographing a pair of sneakers for him and inscribing an incredible compliment.
"To Tony, the best defender I ever faced!"
Allen has been selected to the NBA All-Defensive first team three times and the second team once. While those honors stand out, getting props from one of the all-time greats is pretty special.
The Grizzlies and Lakers will play one more time this season, on March 22 at the Staples Center.