Jimmy Fallon’s week-long Tonight Show takeover in Los Angeles continues on with a visit from Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who stopped by the show Wednesday night.
With his arm in a sling due to his season-ending surgery, Kobe sat down with Jimmy to reminisce about the time the two went on a beer run together in 1996. Yes, really.
First, Jimmy shared an old school photo of what each of them looked like in ’96 (glorious!).
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Then the two recalled the night they ran into each other at a party in LA way back when – before Jimmy made it big on Saturday Night Live and during Kobe’s first year on the Lakers. Since they were “nobodies” at the party, they were volunteered to go make a beer run after the party ran dry.
So the two took off in Kobe’s Landcruiser and drove to The Pink Dot on Sunset, which they didn’t know was a delivery-only grocery (remember, this was a time before smartphones guided us everywhere). They knocked on the glass and shout “we want beer!,” but the guy wouldn’t sell it to them in person.
So what did they do? Kobe pulled out his ID, held it up to the glass and said to the clerk “I’m a Laker!” and they made out with five cases of beer to bring back to the party.
It’s good to be a Laker. Watch the full video above!