09/27/2014 08:59 am ET Updated Sep 27, 2014

For Arianna Huffington and Kobe Bryant: First, Success. Then Sleep.

They may have seemed an unlikely pair, but it didn’t take long for Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers star, and Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor in chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, to develop the easy familiarity of old pals. Soon after Ms. Huffington, 64, arrived at Antonello Ristorante in Santa Ana, Calif., Mr. Bryant, 36, walked in, speaking fluent Italian to the waiters who trailed in his wake.

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