Devin Booker lived out a childhood dream Wednesday night, and he has the shoes to prove it.
The Phoenix Suns guard — and former Kentucky star — lit up the Los Angeles Lakers for 28 points while being guarded by former hero Kobe Bryant.
After the game, Bryant signed a pair of sneakers and a game program for Booker.
“Be legendary,” the two-time NBA Finals MVP wrote.
At one juncture of the Suns’ 119-107 win, Booker tried to use Bryant’s signature fadeaway while being guarded by the Lakers legend.
“You’re not going to beat me on my move, man,” Bryant said via AZCentral.com’s Paul Coro. “But it was great to see. It was absolutely great to see because I remember I did the same thing to MJ.”
Booker, a native of Grand Rapids, Mich., played one season at Kentucky — last year’s 38-1 campaign — before bolting for the pros.
As Coro pointed out, the former Wildcat was just four days old when Bryant made his NBA debut in 1996. They were both drafted in the same slot (No. 13 overall) and were both 18 years old when they made their respective debuts.
Wednesday marked the final time Booker will play against Bryant, who’s retiring in April.
“It something I’ll remember for the rest of my life,” Booker said.
— Paul Coro (@paulcoro) March 24, 2016