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Dan Patrick: When you're talking to kids, do they ask you more about LeBron or Kobe?
O.J. Mayo: Kobe.
DP: What do you tell them?
OM: It's always great to play against Kobe, the best player in our game. It's an honor to strap up my shoes and play against him.
DP: There were reports that it got a little personal between you and Kobe the last time you played. He wanted to lock you down in that game. Anything to that?
OM: No, I think that was more about him coming back for his first game after an injury and being excited to get back to basketball.