Kobe Bryant gives sneakers to ‘toughest defender I’ve ever faced’

Have you ever been curious about who Kobe Bryant believes is the toughest defender he has ever faced? Well, now we have an answer.

After the Memphis Grizzlies cruised to victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night, Bryant delivered a gift to Memphis guard Tony Allen. Bryant gave Allen a pair of signed sneakers that were inscribed with a special message.

“To Tony, the best defender I ever faced,” Bryant wrote.

Salute ✊ @kobebryant #Respect 🙏 pic.twitter.com/vq60gu8XHb

— Tony Allen (@aa000G9) February 27, 2016

That’s the ultimate compliment.

Allen has been named to the NBA All Defensive Team four times — three times on the first team and one second team nod — but receiving the praise from Kobe may just trump those previous honors.

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