Beijing Games

Kobe Bryant tries to persuade Michael Phelps to make Olympic comeback

Kobe Bryant tries to persuade Michael Phelps to make Olympic comeback

Kobe Bryant saw his first swimming race at the 2008 Beijing Games, where Michael Phelps won an Olympic-record eight gold medals. On Sunday night, he attended and presented at his first Golden Goggles Awards, with Phelps by his side.

As the Los Angeles Lakers great reminisced about the games’ opening ceremony, he got Phelps to acknowledge that the magnitude of the moment “never gets old.”

That was his opening.

“That being said,” Bryant said, “since it never gets old — ”

“Stop,” Phelps said, knowing what was about to come. “Don’t go there.”

“Would you like just one more time? Not me, you. You’re in much better shape than I am,...

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