Thierry Henry interviews Kobe Bryant

The former Arsenal striker spoke to the Los Angeles Lakers star before exchanging jerseys with him. Henry asked Bryant about his retirement, staying loyal to Los Angeles Lakers and the proudest moment of his 20-year career.

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry met the Los Angeles Lakers legend, Kobe Bryant, who is set to retire after the ongoing National Basketball Association (NBA) season. With Henry playing the interviewer, the duo spoke for a few minutes before exchanging signed jerseys.

The 37-year-old five-time NBA champion, who grew up in Italy, follows soccer regularly. Henry asked him who he saw as the "Kobe Bryant of football", to which Bryant, smiling, pointed to Henry, saying that the latter had a similar "killer instinct" and "aggressive mentality" as him.

When Henry asked Bryant if he ever considered moving to another team during his 20-year stint with the Lakers, the latter replied: "I seem to be very very lucky to be able to play for the (LA Lakers) organisation. I've seen the city (Los Angeles) grow, they've watched me grow."

Bryant rated the win against the Boston Celtics in the 2010 season as the proudest moment of his career.

“I would say winning Game 7 against the Celtics [in 2010]. That was the hardest one to get. It seemed like we had no hope in that series and no hope for that particular game. We kept battling and battling, and wound up winning it. We gave absolutely everything to that series. We had nothing left. No more energy left. Everything was gone. So that has to be the proudest moment,” he said.

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