One of the brightest and most recent was an exchange between Bryant and Blazers forward Luis Montero, highlighted by Mike Richman of The Oregonian. According to Bryant: "We were playing Portland and a kid from the bench said something to me like, 'We're going to beat you guys tonight.' And I looked at him and I said, 'I got one rule. If you weren't born when I started playing, you can't talk trash. It's a simple rule.'"
Montero recalls: "I was like, 'Oh okay, sir. And then everybody (on the Blazers bench) was laughing like, 'What the hell are you doing?' I didn't say anything."
CJ McCollum and Ed Davis also spoke about Bryant and his contributions to the game. Read their reactions to the news in Richman's full article, here.