Practically every time Kobe Bryant stepped on the Staples Center court in his playing career, he thrilled Los Angeles Lakers fans.
The same held true with Bryant sitting courtside to watch his old team blast past the Atlanta Hawks.
Bryant was shown on the big screen with 4:25 left in the first half and rose to acknowledge a standing ovation.
That was just one of many instances in which the crowd revered having him in the building.
"He's got one of the greatest female players that's about to come up sitting next to him in Gigi," James added.
"It was crazy because he told me his daughter is a huge fan of mine, and I'm one of her favorite players," Young said.
"It's kind of crazy because I'll be watching her highlights, too. They pop up on my timeline."
"I know he came to a game last year," James said.
"Just having him in the building, knowing what he did to this franchise, and for me and my teammates, what it means to be a part of Laker Nation, the Laker family, it's a beautiful thing.
I was one of the kids who had the chance to come out straight out of high school.
He did it and I was just watching him.
It's just so surreal for me, a kid from Akron to be able to have a guy like Kobe, take time out of his day.
Even at this point in my career, It's still special."
"Were there ever any hard feelings? It doesn't matter," said Howard, who has taken to wearing Bryant's signature Nike sneakers this season because he likes how they feel.
"That's the past, this is a new age, a new day. We're all about positive vibes."
Lakers coach Frank Vogel said, "His presence -- and he deserves it.
One of the greatest Lakers of all time and one of the greatest players of all time, and we're very lucky to have him here in attendance, and he definitely energized the crowd and our team."