After Ray Allen set the NBA record for career three-pointers Thursday night against the Lakers, many congratulated the sharp-shooter, including Kobe Bryant. After the game, Kobe spoke about what he told Allen.
"I just told him congratulations. It’s a mutual respect kind of thing, because we came into the league together. There’s not too many guys from that draft still playing and competing at a high level. I’m just very, very happy for him. We always compete when we go at it. That’s part of it. At this stage of our careers, there’s a respect because of that. I don’t get along with chumps very well, and he’s not a chump."
Bryant also offered a warning of sorts regarding next weekend's Celtics-filled NBA All-Star Game: "It doesn't matter who I play. I could play you, and I'll bust your ass."