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Kobe Bryant and Rajon Rondo call each other names, lovingly

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This, between borderline sociopathic competitors, is real flattery.

Ronald Martinez

Kobe Bryant and Rajon Rondo are both otherworldly basketball players, both champions, and both -- most everyone agrees -- pretty bizarre, hyper-competitive, occasionally disagreeable guys. Their teams faced off Friday night in Boston, the Lakers without Kobe and the Celtics with Rondo for the first time all year. As both have dealt with rehabbing injuries amid losing situations, the two were asked about one another, and exchanged pitch-perfect compliments:

Awwwwwww guys.