Elite basketball players tend to hold other elite players in the highest regard whenever they speak about or see each other. Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett held this mutual respect for 20 years, and both are now on the other side of the game as retirees. After KG officially announced his retirement from the NBA on Friday, it marks the end of one of the greatest eras in NBA history that had these two of its biggest stars to ever set foot on the hardwood.

On Saturday, Kobe tweeted his love for competing against his fellow future Hall of Famer after closing the curtain on his 21-year career in the league.