Soon after Kobe Bryant finished his last All-Star game appearance, he called for a dinner involving his ‘best friends’ in the NBA. Among those friends were, Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks, Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers and Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat.
As reported by Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press, this dinner was very special to Kobe and his guests even gave him very interesting gifts to enjoy life after basketball.
According to Tim Reynolds report:
The dinner was secret, super-exclusive, invitation-only. It’s something the trio started doing last season at All-Star weekend, calling the gathering the Gentleman’s Supper Club. This year, the group wanted Bryant to be tied into it somehow.
So after All-Star Saturday festivities ended, the group headed out to the party that mattered most to them. Dinner was a fish dish, and it wasn’t served until after 2 a.m. The wine and spirits were flowing long before that, and for a little while afterward as well. By the time everything had wound down, sunrise wasn’t far away.
“This is amazing,” Bryant said at the restaurant, glass in hand. “I’m not the most social person, so to get this from you guys means absolutely everything to me.”
Wade gave him a customized robe and some other clothes bearing his logo — along with a one-year subscription to Netflix, because Bryant is about to have a lot of time on his hands. Paul gave him a bunch of presents that he said would properly prepare Bryant for retirement, such as dental adhesive, reading glasses, compression socks and a cane. Anthony offered a magnum of Gaja Barbaresco, Italian wine for the player who grew up in Italy and says much like vino itself he got better with age.
Fans quickly noticed that LeBron James was not in the dinner. Maybe someone didn’t get the memo.