In a recent interview with Bleacher Report, Butler shared his final memory of Bryant.
“I will never forget our last real conversation probably 2 weeks prior to his incident,” Butler said. “We talked about our second acts, families. Kobe always challenged me to be the best version of me. I got news that I wasn't able to share and he was like ‘now what.' He was a tremendous asset to my life and kept me thinking about the goal and the mission. I miss him dearly.”
Furthermore, Butler revealed that Bryant was the hardest player to guard during his 14 seasons in the NBA,
There's no doubt Butler had tremendous respect for Kobe. In contrast, Bryant also had tremendous respect for Butler. During an interview with Los Angeles News Group, Bryant said Butler was one of his favorite teammates. Butler joined the Lakers in 2004 as part of a blockbuster deal that sent superstar center Shaquille O’Neal to the Miami Heat. However, he left after one season.