"I can never repay you back for the unconditional love but I can tell you how much I appreciate you."
Future NBA Hall of Famer and Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant turns 40 years old today and the sports world, including some of his former teammates, are taking some time out on social media today to show love for the Black Mamba.
One former Lakers teammate who reached out to Kobe in honor of the big 4-0 is Lamar Odom, who left a touching post on his instagram account. The caption reads, "There are no words in this world that can describe the mad love I have for you. I appreciate you Bean, you have been there for me during my darkest times until today and I hope until the end of times. We shined together in my most glorious times and those are like a tattoo in my heart . I can never repay you back for the unconditional love but I can tell you how much I appreciate you. Those memories we have together, nobody can take that away from us. Happy bday bro, you are forever my #1brother for life. @kobebryant ❤️🙏🏿"
Lamar and Kobe won two NBA championships together during their time as Lakers teammates from 2004-2011, but it's clear their friendship extends well beyond stats and rings.
Odom, who recently revealed that he suffered 12 strokes and six heart attacks while in a coma following his overdose in 2015, is currently training for his return to professional hoops in the Chinese Basketball Association.