Tony Allen has long been considered one of the best one-on-one defenders in the NBA, and one of the game’s best all-time players recently paid him a huge compliment.

In an interview with TNT’s Ernie Johnson, Kobe Bryant was asked who came the closest to being “the Kobe-stopper” during the five-time champion’s career, which will end after this season.

“Individually, it was always Tony Allen,” Bryant said without hesitation. “Always.”

Allen has covered Kobe many times during his time with the Celtics and Grizzlies.