Entertainment Sports Naomi Osaka Posts Video of Tennis Match with 'Bro' Kobe Bryant: 'Love You' "He wasn't THAT bad at tennis," Naomi Osaka joked, adding, "Haha love you bro" By Jason Hahn Jason Hahn Jason Hahn is a former Human Interest and Sports Reporter for PEOPLE. He started at PEOPLE's Los Angeles Bureau as a writer and reporter in 2017 and interviewed the likes of Kobe Bryant, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Brady. He has a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University. He previously worked for Complex Magazine in New York City. People Editorial Guidelines Published on February 25, 2020 01:33 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Tennis champion Naomi Osaka just shared a video of a practice session she held with Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who was commemorated during a public memorial in Los Angeles on Monday. The clip, which Osaka shared to her Twitter account, showed her and Bryant trading shots on a tennis court until the famously competitive NBA star's hit bounced the ball into the net. "He wasn't THAT bad at tennis," Osaka joked in the tweet, before adding a series of emojis. "Haha love you bro." The 22-year-old tennis star was referencing comments made by Los Angeles Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka, who spoke during a Celebration of Life held for Bryant, and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, at Staples Center on Monday. During his address, Pelinka — who was Bryant's longtime agent and godfather to Gianna — revealed he and the NBA star would sometimes play tennis together. During their first few matches, Pelinka would outplay the five-time NBA champion. But Bryant wouldn't allow that for too long. "So what is the Black Mamba doing the next few times I arrived at the club? There he was waiting for me already with a full sweat," Pelinka said. Beyoncé Sweetly Comforts Vanessa Bryant During Celebration of Life for Kobe Bryant "As his tennis skills exploded, I learned that he had secretly reached out to the club's pro for private lessons and then didn't share any of them with me," he continued. "Typical Mamba mentality. We loved our matches and stories and memories we would share on those beautiful California days." After news surfaced of the Jan. 26 helicopter crash that killed Bryant, Gianna, and seven others, Osaka posted an emotional letter to the NBA legend. "Hey … I don't really know what to do so I'm writing you this letter," Osaka wrote. "Thank you for being you. Thank you for inspiring people everywhere, you have no idea how many hearts you've touched. Thank you for being so humble and not acting as big as you are." John Phillips/Getty Images; Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images Vanessa Bryant Delivers Heartbreaking Tribute to Kobe and Gianna at Celebration of Life "Thank you for caring and checking up on me after my hard losses," Osaka said. "Thank you for randomly texting me 'You ok?', cause you know how f—-d up my head is sometimes. Thank you for teaching me so much in the short time I've been lucky enough to have known you. " "Thank you for existing," she continued. "You will forever be my big bro/mentor/inspiration. Love you."