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    Tony Allen gets game-worn Kobe Bryant shoes with ultimate compliment: 'Best defender I ever faced'

    Feb 28, 2016
    Kobe Bryant pays top defender the ultimate compliment.

    THE Black Mamba respects the competition.

    Kobe Bryant proved this by praising Tony Allen of the Memphis Grizzlies as “best defender I ever faced.”

    The retiring NBA superstar wrote down the accolade on his game-worn Kobe XI signature sneakers along with his autograph that he gave to Allen after the Grizzlies’ 112-95 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers last Saturday.

    Allen, a three-time member of the All-NBA Defensive Team who notably faced off against Bryant as a hard-nosed guard with the Boston Celtics during the 2008 and 2010 NBA Finals, posted his appreciation on Twitter.

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