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Tyra Banks opens up about Kobe Bryant and the first time they met

Tyra Banks recently looked back at the first time she met Kobe Bryant

Tyra Banks recently reflected on the first time that she met Kobe Bryant in a new interview with “The Breakfast Club,” sharing more details about the late Los Angeles Lakers legend. Tyra Banks exits Manhattan criminal court following her testimony, Wednesday, in New York.
Tyra Banks recently reflected on the first time that she met Kobe Bryant in a new interview with “The Breakfast Club,” sharing more details about the late Los Angeles Lakers legend. Banks exits Manhattan criminal court following her testimony in New York in this April 29, 2009, file photo.
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Tyra Banks recently reflected on the first time that she met Kobe Bryant in a new interview with “The Breakfast Club,” sharing more details about the late Los Angeles Lakers legend.

What did Banks say about Bryant?

  • Banks said she hadn’t talked to Bryant for many years. She said it was probably close to 10 years, according to Pop Culture.
  • She said she remembered the first time she met Kobe.
  • Banks said: “He sits on my couch and I just school him on LA — what to look out for and ‘here’s my number if you ever need anything.’ So to me whenever I saw him, I just saw that 17-year-old kid in my eyes.”
  • Banks said she ran into Bryant at the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards. She said she and Kobe collaborated with a song called “K.O.B.E.” that never was popular.

More memorials

  • Banks wasn’t the only celebrity to celebrate Bryant this week. The Staples Center was packed with athletes, family and friends who honored Bryant in a memorial service, as I wrote for the Deseret News.
  • Performers at the event include Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera and Beyonce.
  • Jimmy Kimmel also spoke at the vent: “I don’t think any of us could have imagined this. Everywhere you go you see his face, his number, Gigi’s face, Gigi’s number. Everywhere and every intersection.