Hall of Famer Steve Nash played two years on the Los Angeles Lakers with Kobe Bryant after having countless battles with the Black Mamba when he was starring for the Phoenix Suns.

On the latest episode of All The Smoke with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, Nash talked about why it was an “eye-opener” to play with the Lakers legend:

“Having to share the locker room with him at the end of our career, it was an eye-opener in a sense…I thought of him as a competitor. I thought of him as the competition predominately, so when I came to the Lakers and you could see the worship that young players had for him, it was an eye-opener because I never had that perspective of him,” Steve Nash said.

“But that’s exactly how I was with (Michael) Jordan when I came in the league.”

Kobe Bryant is the Michael Jordan of this generation. After all, the Lakers icon admitted he basically copied everything MJ did on the court.

The passing of Bryant still doesn't seem real even though it has been a few months since Kobe left us. The Lakers great was named a Hall of Famer for this year's class along with Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan. It's going to get very emotional when it is time to present Bryant.

Kobe finished his Lakers career with averages of 25.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists. He won five titles and two Finals MVPs with Los Angeles. He is the greatest player in franchise history.

The Lakers retired both of Kobe's jerseys last season. There will never be another Kobe Bryant in the NBA.