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Kobe Bryant Pays Tribute To Allen Iverson With Instagram Post

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Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers chats with Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia76ers during game five of the 2001 NBA Finals played June 15, 2001 at the First Union Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2001 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images) | Andrew D. Bernstein via Getty Images

Kobe Bryant paid tribute to Allen Iverson on Friday in a moving Instagram post, the same night that the Philadelphia 76ers retired the 11-time All-Star's number and raised his jersey to the rafters at the Wells Fargo Center.

"Time has wings my brotha. Your game pushed my then 21 year old self to play beyond my years. Your impact on the game will be felt for generations. #salute #respect #96 #AI," Bryant wrote.

Bryant, who was born in Philadelphia and went to high school just outside the city, won his second NBA title when he and the Los Angeles Lakers faced off against Iverson's 76ers in the 2001 Finals. Bryant was one of many NBA players who showed respect for Iverson on social media.

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