A former NBA superstar has always looked up to Kobe Bryant.

Undeniably, Kobe isn’t only a basketball superstar. The whole world is aware of his legacy and even NBA stars themselves are fascinated with his work ethic and contributions to basketball. In fact, former NBA superstar Chris Bosh has always been vocal about his admiration to Kobe’s legacy.

In Bosh’s recent Instagram post, the former Toronto Raptors star expressed his happiness after he met Kobe and his former NBA Finals rival Manu Ginobili.

“It’s always a pleasure to watch the sport with some of the best ambassadors of the game. Great catching up,” Bosh’s wrote on Instagram about Kobe and Ginobili.

bosh Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat reacts to a play during a game against the Houston Rockets at American Airlines Arena on November 1, 2015 in Miami, Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

But the post was just one of the most notable Kobe moments for Bosh. One of his most memorable experiences with the Lakers icon dates back to the 2008 USA’s “Redeem Team” Olympic days.

According to Bosh, Bryant had all the reasons to rest as the Lakers just lost to the Boston Celtics in their epic 2008 NBA Finals battle but as a top-level athlete, Bryant didn ’ t. Instead, Bryant showed his dedication to basketball and even practiced hours earlier before the scheduled time.

“He gets up, says hello and walks out to get ready for practice. The most interesting thing I noticed was that he had ice bags on his knees. I later found out that he’d already gotten his workout in and was pretty much waiting for our practice to start. Mind you, this was less than two weeks after the Lakers lost in the Finals to the Celtics, and there he was, working out and practicing like a maniac. He had every reason to rest up and just focus on being healthy for the Olympics. But every day in practice, he brought it," Bosh wrote on ChrisBosh.com

Bosh also attempted to make an NBA comeback. However, he admitted that when Bryant won an Oscar for “Dear Basketball,” it helped him realize that it’s really time to call it a career.

Even in the recent NBA All-Decade teams, Bosh also expressed his disappointment when Bryant was kind of disrespected for being placed in the 3rd team.

“NBA All-Decade's team, good to see Bron leading it all as he should be, but DWade & The Mamba on 3rd!? Where do you guys stand on all this?,” Bosh wrote.

Kobe Bryant Kobe Bryant attends the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Draw Ceremony at Shenzhen Bay Arena in Shenzhen, China, March 16, 2019. Photo: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images