When athletes win the ultimate championship title in their respective sports, they want to do nothing but celebrate with their teammates, family and closest friends.
During an interview with ThePostGame, the Cleveland Cavaliers guard revealed a cool factoid about how he commemorated his team's first title:
I actually FaceTimed Kobe [Bryant] after the game as soon as I got in the locker room. Other than seeing my dad and my sister right after we won, FaceTiming him was just a great thing, knowing how he has won five and I just won my first. Then realizing how hard it is just to win one, my respect for him is already high, but it went to another level knowing that he's got five of them. I'm trying to get a second one.
While Bryant and Irving have gone head-to-head as opponents a few times since the former Duke Blue Devils star entered the league in 2011, a friendship has formed through the years. Part of that could be due to the fact that they both took part in Team USA's camp before the 2012 London Olympics.
The two have apparently become close enough to the point that Uncle Drew wanted the recently retired Black Mamba to be a part of the party:
[Bryant] was telling me congrats. I had been speaking to him throughout the entire playoffs and during the season. During the Finals, we didn't really talk as much, because for me, I wanted to experience it full on, and if I needed his help, I would reach out to him. He would send me some texts here and there, but mainly he kind of let me be, and let me grow into my own space.
If there's somebody a young player in today's NBA should want to take notes from, it's Bryant. The Black Mamba could score at will and knew what it took to win a title (or five). Irving obviously has one of the greatest players in NBA history on his team in LeBron James, but sometimes it's helpful to get a few tips outside your team.
There's no denying what kind of an impact Bryant had on the Lakers organization and the league as a whole. It's just awesome to see that as he went out of the league, he also apparently took a young player under his wing and helped him on his way to reaching the ultimate goal.