The Time Kobe Bryant and Jimmy Fallon Went on a Beer Run

Bryant appeared at an American Express event in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, exclusively for card members.
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Kobe Bryant is 37 years old and Jimmy Fallon is 41. But there was a time when the two found themselves to be the youngest people in the room at a hot Hollywood party, and thus, they became fast friends sent out to retrieve beer, naturally.

Bryant detailed the night during one of the lighter moments of an American Express Teamed Up event at the Conga Room on Tuesday featuring the Los Angeles Lakers star in an intimate chat moderated by Kristen Ledlow and featuring surprise guests and one-time teammates Rick Fox and Robert Horry. Clips from the event will air on both the American Express Halftime Report on TNT in April and on NBA.com/Teammates.

Not long after he entered the NBA — the first guard ever to enter the league directly from high school, which he did at the 1996 draft — Bryant hit up a party where he wasn't interested in chatter about the entertainment industry. 

"I did want to talk about basketball, so I was sitting around taking basketball," recalled Bryant, who is days away from retiring from the league after a storied 20-year career. "I was too young to drink — I can't drink — so I gravitated toward the youngest guy in the room, who was Jimmy Fallon."

Their conversation wasn't only about basketball, though.

"He's talking about comedy and he wants to be an actor and a host, and I'm saying that I want to be one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Neither one of us could drink, so you guys sent us out to get alcohol," Bryant said, referencing Horry and Fox, the latter of whom went on to have his own Hollywood career after retiring from the game. "We had to go on a run, so we went on a run. That's when we went to Pink Dot."

Bryant laughed, remembering that they possibly were too young to know that the popular Los Angeles-based chain was actually a delivery service. 

However, no one was laughing when Bryant got serious speaking of his final bow and the advice he has for the younger generation. "You have to continue to ask questions and try to understand why things happen," he suggested. "Why does this work? Why does this not work? Because when you understand why things happen you can understand how to make things happen. So if there is something I can leave for this next generation, it would be to have a constant curiosity about the game."
 
Bryant's final game in the NBA and in a Lakers jersey is scheduled for April 13 at Staples Center. Expect to see many famous faces courtside. Who knows, maybe Fallon will be there, too, beer in hand. 



From left: Robert Horry, Rick Fox and Kobe Bryant at the Conga Room on March 29, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Andrew Bernstein, Jason Kempin/Getty Images for American Express)



Kristen Ledlow and Bryant at the Conga Room on March 29, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Andrew Bernstein, Jason Kempin/Getty Images for American Express)



From left: Fox, Bryant and Horry at the Conga Room on March 29, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Andrew Bernstein, Jason Kempin/Getty Images for American Express)

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