Slovenian guard Sasha Vujacic, who sealed the deal for the Lakers in the 2010 NBA Finals with two free throws in the final seconds of Game 7, returned to Los Angeles Sunday to play against Kobe Bryant for the third and final time and wrote beautiful things about the player he calls ‘fratello grande’ (big brother) on Instagram afterwards.
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LA it was great to be back. I have to say it was a very emotional trip being "home" after so many years. Fratello grande @kobebryant you took me under your wing from the very first day & I continued to learn from you every day thereafter. You showed me the way and I loved "smelling blood" &competing for the top of the mountain with you. It's been real greatness. Thanks GOAT! #fam #ricordiindimenticabili #nekotoodgorevidisve
Vujacic played next to Kobe Bryant for over six years in L.A. and won two NBA championships with him. The 32-year-old guard is averaging 3.8 ppg on 33.5 percent shooting with the Knicks this season.