A former Laker insisted that Kobe Bryant never talked behind his teammates’ back.

Sasha Vujacic is one of the closest teammate Bryant ever had with the Lakers. After almost a decade, Vujacic spoke about the most memorable moments of the 2010 NBA Finals where the Los Angeles Lakers defeated Boston Celtics in a dramatic Game 7.

In an exclusive interview with “Fair Game,” Vujacic revealed that Bryant has accepted him as a “younger brother.” He also noted that Bryant helped them to believe in each other in order to win.

“Kobe from day 1, he accepts me as a younger brother and he always had confidence from day 1. We realized that believing in each other and believing on what we were doing made sense,” Vujacic revealed.

When asked about what the legendary Laker exactly told him moments after winning the 2010 NBA champrionship, Vujacic refused to speak as he believes “what goes on on the court, stays on the court.”

“The words were we knew it. Will not gonna say what he said. It was in Italian. It has something like we knew it. What goes on on the court stays on the court,” Vujacic pointed out.

Intrigued by the fact that he mostly spoke to Bryant in Italian, the host asked Vujacic if there was a time when he or the Lakers icon talked behind a teammate’s back. According to Vujacic, Bryant never talked badly about anybody in Lakers regardless of the language.

“Can’t recall. I mean I’m trying to remember but not really. We would never talk bad about anyone. Not in any language,” Vujacic responded.

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Justin Timberlake will present Kobe Bryant with an award at the 2016 ESPYS. Getty

Vujacic also recalled how “terrible” they used to play during Game 7 of 2010 NBA Finals. However, the Slovenian native said it was the heart, soul and mind that fuelled them to win.

“We were playing terrible basketball that game. We just couldn’t connect. But I think it was the heart and soul and the mind,” Vujacic recalled.

Vujacic is best known for his role on the two Lakers squads that won titles during the 2009 and 2010 seasons and just recently, has expressed his desire to make a return to the NBA.

“I love the game so much, and I don’t want to walk away yet. I’ve had the best and worst experiences, and I know what to do and what not to do. Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest players ever, was like a big brother to me, and I learned so much from him. I have a lot to give back. I want to stay in basketball in some way,” Vujacic said.

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Sasha Vujacic, the boyfriend of Maria Sharapova of Russia REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth